Olympic Formats Take Center Stage at FEI General Assembly

Attendees discussed potential changes to the jumping, dressage, and eventing formats for future Olympic games.

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Olympic formats were the focus of the Nov. 12 afternoon session at the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) General Assembly in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with FEI President Ingmar De Vos leading discussions with national federations on proposed radical changes to Olympic competition formats.

“Olympic Agenda 2020 is a driving force in this process, but even prior to that we already knew that changes needed to be made to our formats and the presentation of our sport,” De Vos said in his opening address. “But why do we want to change our formats and the way our sport is presented? The answer is really quite simple: Because we want to remain relevant in today’s ever changing sporting landscape and gain the exposure and visibility our sport deserves.

“As the IOC (International Olympic Committee) president aptly said at the IOC Session in Monaco last December, ‘to change or to be changed, that is the question.’ This is why we are here today, to lead that change,” he continued. “We need to take advantage of the excitement and drama of our sport, make it easier to understand, attract young and larger audiences, be broadcast friendly, and see more nations represented in our sport.”

Olympic Agenda 2020

De Vos underlined the implications of Olympic Agenda 2020 and the move from a sport-based to an event-based Olympic program for Tokyo 2020 before opening the floor to the Olympic equestrian discipline chairs—John Madden (jumping), Frank Kemperman (dressage), and Giuseppe Della Chiesa (eventing)

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