All Dressage Team, Individual Places Already Qualified for Tokyo Olympics Will Remain in Place for Delayed Games

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Tokyo Olympic equestrian venue. Photo: Japan Business Group Equestrian Federation

Mar. 28, 2020

National teams and individuals that have already qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will keep their places at the event that has been postponed until no later than the summer of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The International Olympic Committee gave the undertaking during a conference call with 33 International Federations–including the International Equestrian Federation, according to multiple reports.

Quotas for each sport will remain the same following the decision by the IOC and the Tokyo Games organizers to delay the Olympics, according to the reports.

Dressage has been allocated 60 of the 200 places assigned to equestrian sports that includes eventing and jumping.

Qualifications for dressage of 15 team places and 15 individual spots were completed before the Olympics were put off until 2021.

Nations that have qualified dressage teams of three rider/horse combinations are Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden and United States. Individual places have been awarded to Belarus, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland and Ukraine.

“All qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in the three Equestrian disciplines, Jumping, Dressage and Eventing, and all qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games have already taken place and all the quota places have been filled accordingly,” the FEI said.

The FEI has appointed task forces to review the the Olympic minimum eligibility requirements, the horse ownership rule, competition calendar, rankings and other elements of equestrian sports.

Media reports indicate most federations preferred the Games to be held between July and August in 2021, in about the same time frame as the calendar for 2020. Some, however, pressed for dates in the spring when the weather will not be as hot and humid as summer. Special anti-heat measures were to be implemented for a July-August event that would be required for next year if dates were about the same.

The European Championships of dressage, jumping and eventing that will also be qualifiers for the 2022 world championships are currently scheduled for August next year.

The equestrian venue was originally built for the 1940 Olympics that were canceled because of World War II and used for the 1964 Games. The facility was completely rebuilt for these Olympics, and have the capacity for 9,300 spectators.