FEI President Ingmar de Vos Appointed to Influential International Olympic Committee Legal Affairs Commission

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Ingmar De Vos, FEI president. © Greg Martin/IOC
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Aug, 9, 2018–Ingmar de Vos, president of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has been appointed a member of the six-member Legal Commission that wields considerable influence including devising policies on the awarding of Olympic Games.
Ingmar, 55 years old, a lawyer and sports management executive from Belgium, was elected to the IOC last September. His appointment to the Legal Commission, as well as Digital & Technology, was reported by the IOC on Wednesday that published updated assignments to commissions.
Richard Pound, a Canadian who is a lawyer and the most senior IOC member, was dropped from the Legal Commission. He has been an outspoken critic of the IOC’s approach to Russian doping.
The Legal Commission comprises John Coates of Australia as chair, Anita L. DeFrantz of the United States, Nicole Hoevertsz of the Netherlands Antilles, Denis Oswald of Switzerland and Tricia Smith of Canada as well as Ingmar de Vos.

Ingmar joined the FEI as Secretary General in 2011 during the second presidential term of Princess Haya. He was instrumental in creating the FEI Sports Forum in 2012 for stakeholders to discuss issues relating to the sport and restructured the organization’s commercial strategy that led to the signing of the Swiss watchmaker Longines as the FEI’s largest sponsor.

After studying sports management, business administration and international law, Ingmar first worked in politics before joining the Belgian Equestrian Federation. He was a founder of the European Equestrian Federation.
Equestrian sports have been part of the Olympics for 104 years and are in the lineup for Tokyo in 2020. Although final decisions have not been made on sports to be included in the 2024 Games in Paris and 2028 in Los Angeles both organizing committees have included horse sports in their detailed proposals.

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