Hansen appeals to keep Olympic medal

Photo: NRK.

Norwegian rider Tony Andre Hansen (30) has made his case to sport’s highest court to keep his Olympic bronze medal in team jumping despite his horse failing a doping test.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Hansen won the bronze medal as part of the Norwegian team in team jumping, together with Morten Djupvik, Stein Endresen, and Geir Gulliksen.

But Hansen’s horse tested positive for capsaicin, a banned pain relieving medication derived from chili peppers. Without Hansen’s scores, Norway teammates would drop out of the medal position.

This week Hansen gave evidence to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland at a appeal hearing that ended Oct. 27. He is challenging an International Equestrian Federation (FEI) ruling to disqualify him. The court has not set a timetable for a verdict.

The Norwegian rider was also was banned from competing for 4 1/2 months (135 days).

Source: Nrk.no

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