Will Support British Eventing In Fight To Retain Eventing
As An Olympic Sport
is working hard, with British Eventing, to counter the report by
the Olympic Programme Commission to the IOC Executive Board which
recommends the exclusion of the Eventing equestrian discipline from
the Programme of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (Beijing 2008).
Deputy Chief Executive of the British Olympic Association confirmed
in a letter to the BEF that any decisions on the 2008 programme
have been deferred until the IOC session in Mexico City in November
will seek to contribute, with British Eventing (BE), to the FEI
presentation to the IOC defending Eventing.
notes the recommendation to review team events in individual sports
could also affect the other Olympic equestrian disciplines of Dressage
and Show Jumping. BEF will seek to work with British Show Jumping
Association (BSJA), British Dressage (BD), FEI and BOA to secure
their full roles within the Olympic family
"BEF will work with BE, BSJA, BD and all the National Federations,
the FEI and the BOA to maintain a full role for equestrian disciplines
in the Olympic Movement, and a full place for our great traditional
are very disappointed by the recommendations made in this report.
BE have taken a significant and highly positive leadership role,
with the FEI and BEF, supporting adjustments to the requirements
for the sport of Eventing, and in promoting world wide safety measures
for horses and riders."