FEI CONSTITUTIONAL TASK FORCE TO IDENTIFY GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE

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Akaash Maharaj of Canada

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 13–A Constitutional Task Force made up of the heads of federations in Canada, Australia, Colombia, Denmark and Mauritius has been created to propose to member nations “an optimal governance structure” for the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) by the end of the year.

Akaash Maharaj, Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer of Equine Canada, will head up the panel that includes César Camargo, president of the Colombian Equestrian Federation; Paul Cargill, President of Equestrian Australia; Kim Gueho, Secretary General of the Mauritian Equestrian Sports Federation, and Ulf Helgstrand, President of the Danish Equestrian Federation.

The task force, approved by the FEI Bureau, will present its findings and proposals on restructuring to the 2011 General Assembly in Rio de Janeiro in November.

The task force was set up after national federations resisted an effort earlier this year to study and adopt a new “efficient” structure of the body governing international horse sports.

“The mandate for the Constitutional Task Force is to seek input from all members of the FEI to drive the effort and dialogue toward an optimal governance structure for the International Federation, with a view to maximising input and buy-in based on the needs of National Federations and stakeholders today and in the future,” the FEI said in a statement.

The Task Force will begin work immediately. A session with national federations will be held during the FEI extraordinary general assembly on May 6. The task force’s first meeting will be in Lausanne the next day when discussion points from the previous day’s session will be collated.

The Task Force will make monthly reports to the FEI Executive Board which in turn can provide guidance, including models of other international governing bodies.