ちなみにこちらの写真はドバイの競馬場で、右の青色のカンドーラを着ているのがドバイ首長のモハメド殿下（Sheikh Mohammmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum)。
左の緑色のカンドーラを着ているのがモハメド殿下とヒンド夫人の間の子供で、私の将来の夫になる予定（？）のドバイ首長国のハムダン皇太子。（Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum)。
Internal inquiry clears Sheikh Mohammed in doping scandal
UPDATED FEB 12, 2014 11:45 PM ET
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum has been cleared of any direct involvement in the Godolphin doping scandal by an internal inquiry.
The sheikh, the owner of Godolphin, hired former Metropolitan Police chief commissioner Lord Stevens to review reports following the discovery last year of unauthorised veterinary products at Moorley Farm in Newmarket, owned by the sheikh's Darley Stud operation, and on a private jet at Stansted Airport.
The doping scandal last year led to the downfall of Godolphin trainer Mahmood al-Zarooni, who was banned for eight years by the British Horseracing Authority for using steroids on his horses.
The report says the seizures resulted from ''management failings, insufficient oversight, and complacency within the organisation'' but concluded the sheikh had no knowledge of illegal operations.
Sheikh Mohammed’s racing operation exonerated in inquiry into doping offence
February 12, 2014 Updated: February 12, 2014 23:08:00
Lord Stevens’s inquiry into anabolic steroids doping at Moulton Paddocks stables in Newmarket last year has confirmed that the former Godolphin trainer Mahmoud Al Zarooni acted as a lone operator.
The inquiry also exonerated Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, from any knowledge of any other prohibited substances that were seized in two raids.
Unregulated medicines were found aboard a Dubai Royal Air Wing Flight at Stansted airport in England in May and at Moorley Farm on the Sheikh’s Dalham Hall Estate in Newmarket later in the year.
Sheikh Mohammed commissioned Stevens, the former British Metropolitan Police chief commissioner, to compile the report.
Stevens said the investigation “established that no evidence whatsoever exists” to suggest that Sheikh Mohammed “had any knowledge of the purchase, transportation or use of any unregulated medicines”.
Stevens added: “Equally, neither did he have any knowledge of the illegal activities of Mahmoud Al Zarooni.”
The report, which was completed through Quest, the global advisory firm, also recommended that “stronger management, clearer accountability and better internal communication” was implemented within Sheikh Mohammed’s equine operations.
The report also recommended an internal compliance unit be set up to operate independently and to review and oversee the horse-transport process and other areas of the sheikh’s equine business.
Godolphin runners race all over the world, but the international stable is just one aspect to Sheikh Mohammed’s global equine breeding empire that includes Darley, his thoroughbred breeding operation, and a large endurance racing arm.
Sheikh Mohammed doping report: the key points and unanswered questions
The investigation into the world's largest equine operation has failed to placate the critics
• Sheikh Mohammed exonerated by Lord Stevens' report
The Guardian, Wednesday 12 February 2014 17.19 GMT
Five key points
Sheikh Mohammed in the clear
The report saves its strongest language for its last substantive paragraph, claiming to have established that "no evidence whatsoever exists" to say the Sheikh knew of Mahmood al-Zarooni's doping or the transport of unregulated medicines. No further detail is offered of what the Sheikh actually did know
But someone let him down
There is "serious cause for concern" in the mere fact that Zarooni, formerly the Sheikh's trainer in Newmarket, could dope as he did without management intervention. But no fingers are pointed and Lord Stevens agrees with the BHA view that Zarooni "acted alone in the procurement and transport to the UK" of anabolic steroids
Major shake-up needed
The drug seizures last spring at Stansted and a Newmarket farm owned by Sheikh Mohammed are said to have arisen from "management failings, insufficient oversight and a sense of complacency within the organisation". Since the autumn, the Sheikh's staff have been told to register and authorise all horse medications at the intended destination
Seized drugs "not illegal"
Lord Stevens's report repeatedly insists that all medicines seized could be legally bought under different brand names in the UK. It adds that a meeting took place two months after the Stansted seizure between officials from Godolphin, two government bodies and the BHA, at which all present agreed the drugs were "unrelated to thoroughbred racing" and were intended for use in endurance racing instead
No more drugs to be flown on Royal Dubai Air Wing
Sheikh Mohammed appears to be mortified that the seizure at Stansted was made on one of the Dubai government's private jets. His staff are to be told that those aircraft may no longer be used for transport of veterinary medicines
Five unanswered questions
Who was to blame if not the top man?
The public version of Lord Stevens' report excludes detail on "internal personnel issues", suggesting that fault may, privately, have been found with one or more of the Sheikh's employees. No names are mentioned, however, beyond the established villain Zarooni, banned from racing for eight years
What now for Simon Crisford?
Godolphin's long-serving racing manager, who is described on the operation's website as being a kind of chief executive, must share in responsibility for the failings identified. The extent of his duties has never been made entirely clear in public but he has accepted responsibility for recommending Zarooni to the Sheikh
Why fly drugs all round the world?
Lord Stevens reports that the drugs seized in Newmarket had been purchased in Spain and brought into Britain via Dubai, even though they were "only for use outside the UK". This appears a baffling route to pursue in light of Lord Stevens's assertion that all the drugs were legally available in Britain
What did Zarooni say?
The banned former trainer gave evidence to Lord Stevens, though he has refused to speak to the BHA since leaving the UK in April. The BHA has never been able to question him about the second round of positive tests returned by some of his horses for anabolic steroids, including the 2012 St Leger winner, Encke
Have unidentified personnel been working for Godolphin in Newmarket?
A directive was sent in September by Sheikh Mohammed's wife to the heads of Godolphin and Darley, listing actions that must now be taken. Among them, for reasons unexplained, was a stern reminder that all stable staff must be registered with the BHA
Sheikh Mohammed exonerated by Lord Stevens' report into doping scandal
• Investigation clears head of world's largest equine operation
• Management failings and complacency highlighted by review
theguardian.com, Wednesday 12 February 2014 12.00 GMT
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the UK's leading racehorse owner, has been cleared of having any knowledge of three drug-related incidents involving his organisation last year, according to a report commissioned by the Sheikh himself.
Lord Stevens, the former Metropolitan Police chief commissioner, was employed to investigate a series of damaging incidents and interview a series of key figures. The report concluded that the seizures of unlicensed veterinary goods by British authorities resulted from "a sense of complacency" within the Sheikh's management structure.
Stevens interviewed several figures within Sheikh Mohammed's equine operations, including the disgraced former trainer Mahmood al-Zarooni who was banned by eight years by the British Horseracing Association in April 2013 for injecting thoroughbreds at the Godolphin stable with performance-enhancing anabolic steroids.
As revealed by the Guardian in September, the thoroughbred scandal was followed by later incidents within Sheikh Mohammed's endurance set-up, with veterinary goods described as "potentially toxic and dangerous to horses" seized from a Dubai Royal Air Wing flight at Stansted airport by the UK Border Agency and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate in May. Further unlicensed products were seized at Moorley Farm, owned by the Sheikh's Darley Stud operation, in Newmarket by the VMD in August, convincing Sheikh Mohammed and his wife Princess Haya to commission a report into his equine operations.
The report, undertaken by "strategic intelligence" company Quest, reveals that Sheikh Mohammed has commissioned a taskforce and internal compliance unit which will operate independently and have the power to visit any part of the Sheikh's equine operation at any time.
The key findings and decisions from the Stevens report were:
• Sheikh Mohammed had no knowledge of the incidents involving Zarooni, Stansted and Moorley Farm
• Royal Dubai Air Wing Aircraft has been banned from transporting veterinary medicines
• That "management oversight" contributed to the seizures and the Zarooni scandal
• That Zarooni "acted alone" when administrating anabolic steroids to Godolphin thoroughbreds
• The set-up of an internal compliance unit which will monitor Sheikh Mohammed's equine operations
Lord Stevens said: "Although HH Sheikh Mohammed's equestrian operations are unusual in their size and scope, our review has highlighted the complexities of a regulatory framework that is a challenge for the entire equestrian industry.
"Throughout our investigation of the three entirely separate incidents, we have established that no evidence whatsoever exists to suggest that HH Sheikh Mohammed had any knowledge of the purchase, transportation or use of any unregulated medicines. Equally neither did he have any knowledge of the illegal activities of Mahmood al-Zarooni."
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