Equestrian Confirmed for Paris 2024 Olympics, Los Angeles Seems Likely
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LIMA, Peru, Sept. 15, 2017–Equestrian was among the 28 sports confirmed Friday for Paris 2024 Olympics and although a decision was not made for 2028 the Los Angeles organizers included the sport in its lineup.
International Equestrian Federation (FEI) President Ingmar De Vos was also elected a member of the International Olympic Committee on the last day of its session here that voted to allocate the Games to Paris and Los Angeles.
The decision on Paris in 2024 was made by including all 28 sports at the 2016 Rio Olympics that included dressage, eventing and jumping. The three horse disciplines are already on the program for Tokyo in 2020.
IOC President Thomas Bach described Ingmar De Vos as “a great driver of sport and a true supporter of the Olympic Movement. Under his Presidency the International Equestrian Federation has gone from strength to strength with a series of comprehensive governance and transparency reforms, in line with Olympic Agenda 2020. He will be a valuable addition to the membership of the IOC.”
Ingmar is the 13th FEI President since the Federation was founded in 1921, and only the fourth to become an IOC Member.
At the Thursday session when Paris and Los Angeles were selected, he said: “We are very happy with the news, as both countries have a long-standing tradition and history of success in equestrian, so spectator support will be phenomenal.
“Both Paris and Los Angeles have played host to hugely successful Olympic equestrian sport, but also both countries have hosted our flagship event, the FEI World Equestrian Games, so we are confident the infrastructure and knowledge base is already in place.
“There are stunning venues proposed for equestrian in both 2024 and 2028 and they offer a really exciting opportunity for the FEI to help both organizing teams to deliver the Games in the most cost-effective way.”