Ottawa, Ont. - Equine Canada is pleased to confirm that the Canadian Eventing Team has been awarded qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil. Canada received the qualification spot after the FEI announced on April 23 that the French Eventing Team has been disqualified from the Eventing portion of the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, FRA following the positive test for a Controlled Medication substance from Maxime Levio's mount, Qalao des Mers.
In light of the FEI Tribunal's decision to disqualify the French Eventing Team and disregard their fourth place finish at the Games, the Canadian Eventing Team, who originally finished in seventh place, moves up to sixth place, securing qualification for Rio 2016.
"It is a very proud day for Canada," said Amie O'Shaughnessy, High Performance Director at Equine Canada. "We were very pleased to receive notification that the Canadian Eventing Team has been awarded qualification to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, and commend the FEI's commitment to upholding the standards of clean sport and equine welfare. Congratulations to the athletes, owners, and members of the Canadian Eventing Team for their performance at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which have now secured Canada's team qualification."
For more information on the decision of the FEI Tribunal concerning the French Eventing Team, click here.