Mohammed bin Rashid criminalizes the use of anabolic steroids for horse sports in the UAE

WAM Dubai, 23rd May 2013 (WAM) – His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has today ordered the drafting of a decree rendering the import, sale, purchase and use of anabolic steroids in all horse related sports in the UAE a criminal offence. The decree is to have immediate effect.

“I have always believed in the integrity of horse racing and all other horse sports” said His Highness Sheikh Mohammed.

“I have, in light of the unfortunate recent event, directed that a decree be issued making, with immediate effect, the import, sale, purchase or use of anabolic steroids in horse sports a criminal offence under the UAE penal laws”.

“Regrettably, one of my stables in Europe has recently fallen below the standards that I expect and will tolerate. As soon as the internal investigations are complete and the requisite preemptory rules are put in place, Godolphin will go from strength to strength and lead, once again, adherence to the highest standards in that gracious sport”. His Highness said.

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