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FEI Bureau proposes Olympic equestrian liaison council

fei-flagThe FEI Bureau wants to create a new council to liaise on a more permanent basis between the FEI and the members of the Olympic family with an equestrian background.

The proposal will be put to the Extraordinary General Assembly to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, on April 29, where national federations are set to vote on a proposal to extend the maximum term of the presidency for any one individual from two four-year terms to three.

The FEI Bureau made the decision to seek backing for an Olympic council during a teleconference on Thursday, and approved a revised agenda for the Lausanne gathering after doing so.

“The main goal of the new council will be to liaise on a more permanent basis between the FEI and the members of the Olympic Family with an equestrian background,” the FEI said.

olympic-ringsThe bureau also decided to postpone the ordinary FEI General Assembly, set for November in Dubai, until after the Extraordinary Session of the International Olympic Committee, to be held in Monaco on December 8-9.

Key decisions concerning the Olympic programme are expected to be taken during the IOC Session.

The FEI gathering, originally scheduled to take place from November 3-6, will now be organised for December 11-14, still in Dubai.

Other decisions taken by the bureau included:

  • The allocation of the FEI World Driving Championships for Singles 2014 to Izsak (HUN), 24-28 September.
  • Reopening the bid for the FEI European Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors for 2014.
  • The change of dates for the FEI European Driving Championships for Young Riders, Juniors and Children 2014, in Wałbrzych, Poland, from July 24-27 to August 21-24.
  • The allocation of the Oceania Eventing Championships in 2014 to Melbourne, Australia, from June 6-9.
  • The approval of the calendar and the rules of the FEI Nations Cup Eventing, 2014.
  • The creation of a permanent body between the FEI and World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH), such as an FEI & WBFSH council, to ensure cooperation between the two organisations.
  • Seeking a Memorandum of Understanding between the FEI and the Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU).
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