Tokyo, host city for the 2020 Olympic Games, has given the best possible endorsement for equestrian sport by inviting the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) to hold its General Assembly in the Japanese capital in November 2016.
The allocation of the 2016 FEI General Assembly to Tokyo was approved by the FEI Bureau during its monthly teleconference this week. The FEI Bureau also allocated the 2017 General Assembly to Montevideo (URU).
“It’s an honour to have Olympic city Tokyo as our hosts for the 2016 FEI General Assembly”, FEI President Ingmar De Vos said. “We are already looking forward to being in Japan for the 2020 Olympic Games and it couldn’t be more appropriate to be going to Tokyo as our National Federations will be voting on changes to our discipline formats for the 2020 Games at this year’s General Assembly.
“Those format changes and the FEI’s close involvement in the delivery of the Games are all part of the FEI’s compliance with the IOC recommendations contained in Agenda 2020. It’s absolutely fitting that Tokyo is part of that story and, along with our community, is able to witness our commitment to Agenda 2020 before the FEI presents its proposals to the IOC at the end of the year. It will also give us a great opportunity to get a flavour of what the 2020 Olympic Games will be like.”
“It is a great honour to be appointed as the host National Federation of the FEI General Assembly 2016 here in Tokyo. As we continue preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, hosting the General Assembly here is extremely important for us. We will welcome our FEI equestrian family in true hospitable Japanese tradition - we are really looking forward to seeing everyone in Tokyo,” said Japan Equestrian Federation President Genshitsu Sen.
The 2016 General Assembly will be held in Tokyo from 18-22 November. Dates for the 2017 General Assembly in Montevideo are still to be confirmed.