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Federation Equestre Internationale News

15 September 2002

FEI Executive Board meets with the Eventing Committee to discuss their proposal to respond to the Olympic Programme Commission's recommendation to exclude Eventing from the Olympic programme

In conjunction with the World Equestrian Games, the Executive Board Committee held a meeting with the Eventing Committee on Saturday, 15 September 2002 in Jerez de la Frontera (ESP).

The following Executive Board Members were present: HRH The Infanta Doña Pilar de Borbón (ESP), President, Freddy Serpieri (GR E), 1st Vice President, Leopoldo Palacios (VEN), 2nd Vice President, Guilherme Sarmento, Treasurer, Hanfried Haring (GER), member and Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee. The Secretary General Dr Bo Helander (SWE) also attended the meeting.

The following members of the Eventing Committee attended the meeting: Wayne Roycroft (AUS), Chairman, Giuseppe Della Chiesa (ITA), Jack Le Goff (USA), William Henson (GBR), and Eddy Stibbe (AHO) representing respectively the organisers and the riders within the Committee.

The FEI Eventing Committee presented a proposal to respond to the issues raised in the IOC Programme Commission's report, which was pres ented to the IOC Executive Board on 28 August 2002. The Commission, in charge of reviewing the Olympic Programme for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, recommended that three sports and five disciplines were excluded of the Olympic Programme, among which the equestrian discipline of Eventing.

The Executive Board studied in depth the proposal of the Eventing Committee and fully supported its approach. To address the concerns of the IOC Commission, the FEI will propose a shorter Olympic competition formula, along the lines of the existing CIC format.

A detailed proposal will be circulated to the National Federations for consideration and comments and will be made available immediately after the World Equestrian Games. It is expected that a meeting between the FEI and the IOC will be organised to present the FEI proposal by mid-October 2002.

Decision on inclusion/exclusion of disciplines within the Olympic programme will be made during the IOC session in Mexico on 28 and 29 November 2002.


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