FEI celebrates clean London 2012 Paralympic Games

By: Horse Deals

FEI celebrates clean London 2012 Paralympic Games
&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 10pt;">©</span> FEI/Liz Gregg

The FEI has confirmed that all human and equine samples taken during the Para-Equestrian competitions at Greenwich Park have tested negative for prohibited substances.

Para-Equestrian Dressage, the only equestrian discipline included in the Paralympic Games, has been a regular fixture on the Paralympic event schedule since Atlanta 1996.

All equine athletes competing in the Paralympic Games are now tested according to the FEI’s Equine Anti-Doping Rules.

"All human and equine samples taken during the Paralympic Equestrian events in Greenwich Park have been confirmed negative," said Ingmar de Vos, FEI secretary general.

"This is an extremely proud day for the FEI and the international equestrian community - equestrian sport has been clean at both the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"Today’s news demonstrates the resounding success of the FEI Clean Sport campaign, which has been fully embraced by the international equestrian community. The International Paralympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency have also gone to great lengths to ensure a clean Games.

"The London 2012 Paralympic Games have been truly astonishing, touching the hearts and minds of millions of people around the world, and key to the success of future Games is this focus on clean sport and fair play."
Paralympic Games Factfile.

- A total of 78 human and 77 equine athletes from 27 nations competed in London’s GreenwichPark.

- London welcomed a record-breaking 4,250 athletes who competed in 503 events over 12 days at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, making them the biggest since the first Paralympic Games took place in Rome in 1960.

- More than 120,000 tickets were sold for the six Para-Equestrian Dressage competition days, and with additional tickets sold at the gates of Greenwich Park, the previous ticket sales record of 33,000 at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games was easily surpassed.

- In total 2.7 million tickets were sold for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, compared to the previous record of 1.8 million for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

- The number of FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage events has increased by 120% between 2008 and 2011, and as the popularity of the sport grows the number of events being held around the world is steadily increasing.