Šamorín, Slovakia Pulls Out of Negotiations to Host 2022 World Equestrian Games, FEI to Re-Open Bidding

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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Nov. 21, 2017–Šamorín, Slovakia withdrew as the likely host for the 2022 World Equestrian Games, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) announced Tuesday saying it will re-open bids for the championships of eight horse sports.

FEI President Ingmar de Vos announced to the organization’s general assembly here the decision by the Šamorín venue, the latest setback for the world championships of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, jumping, reining and vaulting as well as para-dressage.

Tryon, North Carolina stepped in to save the 2018 World Games after Bromont, Canada dropped out with less than two years to go for an event that is expected to draw about 500,000 spectators over two weeks.

Ingmar said the bidding will re-open Dec. 1 and will conclude at the end of January.

A decision awarding the games for 2022 should be made next November, he said.

The first WEG was staged in 1990, but the games have had a rocky history.

Of the seven games so far, only Stockholm in 1990 and Aachen, Germany in 2006–para dressage was not a discipline at either games–were highly rated.