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100% sure: European Championship in San Patrignano

During the 6th edition of the "Challenge Vincenzo Muccioli" in San Patrignano, a meeting among the members of the FEI Jumping Commission took place with the purpose of evaluating the candidature of the Community to the 2005 European Championship and verify its organizational skills and facilities.
The meeting was attended by Max Amman, the Swiss director of the FEI World Championship and Mr. John Roche, from Ireland, director of the FEI jumping departement.

When the meeting was over, Mr. Amman declared to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera "European Championships are very different by international championships. A bigger number of riders is involved, a higher participation of the public, more journalists and several days of competition. Appropriate structures and specifical facilities are requested for such an important event and a lot of work needs to be done in this view. The final decision will be communicated in Mosca in November" he added "however I am 100% sure that the European Championships will take place in San Patrignano, maybe 99,9%, to be on the safe side".

It sounds like an official investiture. The President of the Italian Equestrian Federation, Mr. Cesare Croce, said: " When we decided to support the candidature of San Patrignano we were confident on the results. We are convinced of the possibility to combine sports with a concrete social committement. Italy would be extremely honoured to host the European championships after so many years". The last time this important competition took place in our country was in 1963, when Graziano Mancinelli gained the title of European champion in Piazza di Siena.


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