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Sheikh Mohammed - Dubai - 28.03.2009

Sheikh Mohammed: has drawn up new legislation on steroid use in UAE

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Al Tayer offers support for new UAE steroids law

SAEED AL TAYER on Friday offered his support for Sheikh Mohammed's decree that the import, trade and use of anabolic steroids for equine sport will be made a criminal offence in the wake of the Mahmood Al Zarooni doping scandal.

Al Tayer, vice chairman of the Emirates racing authority issued a statement via Godolphin's website stating there will be "no hiding place" for steroid abuse in the UAE.

Under previous rules, the use of anabolic steroids was permitted out of competition in the UAE, but under the proposed new law a zero-tolerance policy will be adopted.

Al Tayer said: "The UAE now has the strictest regulations possible against anabolic steroids anywhere in the world. It is important to understand that this decree will cover every horse, in every stable, of every yard.

"There will be no hiding place and these changes will be for the betterment of all horse sports in the region."

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