British Eventing Release:
Olympic formats were one of the key focuses at the recent FEI General Assembly in San Juan (PUR), with FEI President Ingmar De Vos leading discussions with National Federations on proposed radical changes to Olympic competition formats. Please click here to read the full FEI press release.
British Eventing have played a vital part in the discussions so far; following the circulation of the FEI Eventing Committee’s proposals for the Olympic Games and the feedback received from British Eventing’s Olympic Agenda 2020 Working Group, BE Chief Executive David Holmes and his colleagues at BE specifically asked that the British Equestrian Federation make a clear public statement during the General Assembly that BE were strongly opposed to reducing the number in a team from four to three.
Ingmar de Vos, the President, said that the period of consultation was very much open, that it was vital to give more nations more opportunity, that Federations had to think about the sport and its long term viability in the Olympic movement.
Very similar views to those of BE were expressed by the Germans, the Dutch and by the USA.
David Holmes commented on behalf of British Eventing: “We have been fully engaged in the important subject of Olympic Agenda 2020 since the FEI Sports Forum in April. We set up a Working Group consisting of all the key stakeholders in the sport including organisers, riders and owners.
“This Working Group first met on 29th July and produced a paper outlining the various options that the group felt were possible. In looking at these options the group considered carefully the Strengths and Weaknesses of each against the headings of Format – CCI/CIC, Universality, Presentation and Cost – all of which are key for the IOC.”
Working Group Developments
The next meeting of the Olympic Agenda 2020 Working Group takes place on the 2nd December 2016 when the recommendations coming out of the FEI General Assembly will be reviewed in detail.
The plan then is for another paper to be produced which will be sent to the FEI outlining British Eventing’s own recommendations – a paper which will also be circulated to the European Equestrian Federation and other National Federations.
The FEI will present more detailed format change proposals based on feedback from National Federations at the FEI Sports Forum 2016 in Lausanne (SUI) on 4-5 April. New formats will then be voted on at the FEI General Assembly 2016, before being submitted to the IOC before its Executive Board meeting in early 2017.
For a copy of the full details from the FEI General Assembly visit: http://www.fei.org/news/olympic-formats-take-centre-stage-fei-general-assembly