IOC confirmation of equestrian sport in 2024 Olympics.
I am delighted to let you know that the IOC Executive Board has today confirmed equestrian sport in the Olympic programme for the 2024 Games and approved the Olympic formats submitted by the FEI for the Tokyo 2020 Games. Our quota for the 2020 Games remains unchanged, and the IOC has also agreed to our proposal for the use of reserve athletes (horses and riders) for medical reasons.
This is fantastic news for our sport and a direct reflection of our willingness and desire to adapt and modernise our sport, so all the work to drive change and increase universality has clearly been worthwhile.
I would like thank all our National Federations for their cooperation, contribution and understanding around the format changes for Tokyo 2020 that were approved at last year’s General Assembly and which were absolutely necessary to consolidate our place in the Olympic Programme going forward.
With these new formats, which include teams of three and no drop score across the three Olympic disciplines, we will have more flags than ever before in equestrian sport in line with the IOC’s Agenda 2020 recommendations.
This is tremendous for the global equestrian family and the next phase on our agenda will be to find consensus on a proposal for the distribution of the quota for Tokyo. I hope that these discussions will be held in the same constructive atmosphere and with the same understanding that has served us so well in the past.
We are really looking forward to Tokyo 2020 and working hand in hand with all our National Federations to make these Games hugely successful.
We will be issuing a press release shortly on all of the above so please do share this fantastic news with all your members and media contacts.
Once again, thank you to all our NFs and dedicated Committee members for making this possible.
Ingmar De Vos