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Victory Team blasts report on doping allegations

Accuses governing body of double standards in violating their own rules in Bin Hendi probe

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Dubai: The Victory Team has questioned the double standards adopted by Union International Motonautique (UIM), the world governing body for watersports.

In a scathing statement released to the media here on the sidelines of the SkyDive Dubai-Dubai Duty Free Grand Prix — the final round of the 2011 UIM Class One World Powerboat Championship — Nader Bin Hendi has declared his innocence and questioned the UIM on its violation of the rules they have set.

"Nader Bin Hendi insists that he has never taken any banned substances," said the statement signed by Huraiz Al Mur Huraiz, Chairman, DIMC Sports Committee, issued on behalf of the Dubai-based Victory Team.

"On November 26, [Mr] Bin Hendi requested additional time from the UIM to investigate the false allegation that he has taken a banned substance. The UIM granted his request for additional time, but within two weeks broke its own promise by falsely declaring that he has been found to have committed a doping offence," the statement from Huraiz said.

"The UIM also violated its own Anti-Doping Regulations and the World Anti-Doping Code by falsely announcing that Bin Hendi has been found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation, when his hearing has not even been completed," he charged.

The statement alleges that the world governing body for the sport has not even followed stipulated guidelines. "Despite Bin Hendi's request, the UIM has to date not provided any laboratory documentation to substantiate its allegation that Bin Hendi tested positive for a banned substance. Despite Bin Hendi's request, the UIM has to date not provided any documentation related to the chain of custody of his sample that allegedly tested positive," the statement said.

"By falsely announcing that Bin Hendi has been found to have an adverse analytical finding, the UIM has violated its own rules, and has violated fundamental principles of due process," it charges further.

Huraiz reiterated that the team intends to follow the case to its logical ending with the services of top American lawyer Howard Jacobs, who specialises in cases involving false doping allegations.

Bin Hendi has till January 15 to file his reply before the UIM Anti-Doping Hearing Panel.

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