Robust Doping Control Call

POSTED ON  |  10-10-2018

Louis Romanet
Delegates who attended the 52nd International Conference of Horseracing Authorities on Arc weekend in Paris, France heard presentations relating to the health, welfare, and safety of jockeys, the harmonization of rules, and the stimulation of betting handle.

In the days leading up to the conference, several of them took the opportunity to share their respective thoughts on Article 6 of the IFHA International Agreement on Breeding, Racing and Wagering. Article 6 addresses the ” biological integrity of the horse”, prohibited substances, genetic and cellular manipulations, prohibited practices, medication in training, and out-of-competition testing.  It is designed to ensure that a horse is allowed to compete only when free from the influence of drugs and medication, and it includes assurances that the horse has not received alterations to its genome with the intent of enhancing performance.

Among the provisions of Article 6 is the relatively new 6E, which provides specific guidance for out of competition testing, a regulatory initiative of increasing importance to detect more sophisticated attempts to enhance performance.

Since its inception in 2012, the Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA) has continuously lobbied for a ban on raceday medication in North America to align with international standards in Article 6.  WHOA’s goal is the passage of the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017 and the creation of a Horseracing Anti-Doping and Medication Control Authority in the U.S. Under the Horseracing Anti-Doping and Medication Control Authority, there would be full adoption of the specific principles contained in Article 6.

Following are comments provided to WHOA by some of those IFHA delegates.

Louis Romanet, International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities:

“Horse racing is an increasingly global sport. In order to safeguard the fairness of competition and confidence of stakeholders, bettors, and the public at large, racing authorities throughout the world must adopt and enforce robust doping control measures that include out-of-competition testing. Only under these regulations will we ensure that racehorses do not compete under the influence of any prohibited substance.”

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