Preparations for Olympic Equestrian Venue “Accelerated” With Assurances Will Be On Time–FEI

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Olympic equestrian venue in Deodoro outside Rio de Janeiro.
Olympic equestrian venue in Deodoro outside Rio de Janeiro.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 7, 2016–Preparation of the equestrian venue for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro has “accelerated,” the FEI, International Equestrian Federation reported Thursday, with the appointment of a new contractor.

In an update on the Olympic equestrian events after stop-and-go development, the FEI said “the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee has assured the FEI that the venue will be ready on time” for Olympic disciplines of dressage, eventing and jumping staged in the first half of August.

Sharp decline in Brazil’s economy and political instability congressional probes into massive corruption that could lead to the impeachment of the president have impacted Olympic plans.

The updates on championships and games provided to the FEI Bureau gave only scant information on the World Games scheduled for Bromont, Canada in 2018.

“The FEI Bureau was provided with an overview of preparations for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 including financial, commercial (including branding, website and broadcast), the Organising Committee (COJEM) team, project management, venue planning and development and operational planning,” it said.

Luc Fournier, WEG organizing committee chief executive officer with extensive experience in developing major events in Canada, told a recent news conference he was aware that “time is of the essence” in preparing for the Games in which competitors will participate in the eight international disciplines–dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, jumping, reining, vaulting and para-equestrian.

“In 2018, Bromont will host the best international showcase for our athletes and for equestrian competitors from the 65 countries invited; shining the spotlight on Quebec and the rest of Canada.”

The Bureau also approved the following championships:
–2017 FEI European Dressage Championship Under-25, Lamprechtshausen, Austria, Aug. 30-Sept. 3
–2017 FEI European Championship for Ponies (dressage, eventing, jumping), Kaposvár, Hungary Aug. 9-13.

–2018 FEI European Dressage & Jumping Championships for Young Riders, Juniors and Children, Fontainebleau, France July but final dates to be confirmed

The Bureau accepted a proposal to organize Asian Continental Championships but details have still to be finalized with the Technical Committees and the first championships will be possible from 2017.