Olympics 2016: French eventing team banned from Rio for doping

The French equestrian team compete at the 2012 Olympics
Canada will now compete in the place of France in the eventing at the 2016 Olympics

France have been banned from entering an eventing team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio because of a doping violation.

Maxime Livio's horse Qalao des Mers tested positive for a banned sedative at last year's World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

The International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) has banned Livio as well as the whole French team.

As a result Canada, who finished outside the qualification places in Normandy, will compete in their place.

The FEI said its tribunal will decide if there are to be further sanctions at a later date.

The final verdict can be appealed at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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