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February 6, 2015
Horse Racing: Zero-tolerance steroids policy set for March
THE BHA has confirmed its revised zero-tolerance anabolic steroids policy is on course to come into force from March 2. Originally scheduled to be implemented on New Year’s Day this year, the policy was delayed as racing’s governing body sought further time to liaise with stakeholders, in particular trainers and owners. However consensus has now been reached with the Racehorse Owners Association, National Trainers Federation and Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association on certain elements, including the definition of a “responsible person” – the individual with the responsibility for ensuring that a horse is not administered with an anabolic steroid. Jamie Stier, BHA director of raceday operations, said on Thursday: “The implementation of an entirely new and far reaching set of anti-doping rules has been a complex process. We thank the ROA, NTF and TBA for their input throughout this process and their support for the principles behind the enhanced policy and the decision to delay the implementation. “While it was disappointing not to implement the policy on January 1, it was certainly the right decision not to rush the introduction of the rules until consensus was reached.” Further details on the policy will be released in due course, but the BHA press release said: “Key pillars in the policy include: that a racehorse must never be administered with an anabolic steroid at any time from birth to retirement; greater powers for the BHA in terms of access for testing registered horses; the requirement for horses to be registered from a younger age and for the BHA to be aware of their whereabouts at all times; a more stringent 14 months stand-down period for horses found to have been administered with anabolic steroids; and greater controls on horses running in Great Britain from international jurisdictions.” http://www.racingpost.com/news/horse-racing/zero-tolerance-steroids-policy-set-for-march/1816929/#newsArchiveTabs=last7DaysNews