Irish showjumper Cian O'Connor has been officially stripped of the gold medal he won at the Athens Olympics.
Cian O'Connor's horse failed a drugs test in Athens
His horse Waterford Crystal failed a drugs test and the IOC's executive
board has now ratified the decision to
disqualify the horse and rider.
O'Connor had already returned his gold medal to the IOC which will now be
awarded to Brazil's Rodrigo Pessoa.
IOC president Jacques Rogge now plans to award the medal to Pessoa in person
on a trip to Brazil.
O'Connor claimed the drugs, used to
treat high blood pressure in humans, were given to Waterford Crystal a month
before the Games when it was having hydrotherapy treatment on a fetlock
injury, and that they in no way boosted performance.