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FEI Board meeting: Summary of key discussions

Thursday, 19 November 2020
FEI

The FEI Board has held its first meeting of the online FEI General Assembly 2020 and a summary of the key discussions and the resolutions passed during yesterday’s videoconference is now available.

Below is a selection of topics of relevance to the discipline of jumping: 

Emergency Board Resolution

Derogation to the FEI Jumping Rules regarding the number of starters allowed in the Grand Prix at CSI4* and CSI5* events

“The Board approved temporary derogations from Jumping Rules Annex VI and Article 254.6 until further notice, as follows:

  • Jumping Rules, Annex VI, Art. 1 CSI Requirements Worldwide: Maximum 60 starters in the Grand Prix at CSI4* and maximum 55 starters in the Grand Prix at CSI5* Events; and
  • Jumping Rules, Article 254.6: CSI4*/CSI5*: If there are 25 starters or less, each Athlete may ride two Horses.”

 [Editor's note: Former max. of starters was 50. See the mark-up version of the rules here.]

Board Resolution – Jumping calendar

Prioritising CSIOs (Extension to Board Resolution of 7 April 2020)

“The Board agreed to continue prioritising, until further notice, all CSIOs when date clashes are being considered, regardless of whether they are standalone Events or part of a Series, to allow for team preparation in the build-up to the Olympic Games next year.”

Approval of appointment to the FEI Jumping Committee

“Diane Baxter (RSA) was appointed as a member of the FEI Jumping Committee for the four-year term 2020-2024, replacing outgoing member Kazuya Hirayama (JPN).”

Other rule updates relevant for jumping

“The FEI Board approved some clarifications to the Longines FEI Jumping Nations CupTM Rules 2021, which will shortly be published here, and the technical modifications to the Global Champions League (GCL) Rules 2021 and the Longines Global Champions Tour (GCT) Rules 2021. The Board’s final approval of GCL and GCT Rules 2021 will be requested once the 2021 prize money has been confirmed, at the latest by the end of January 2021. The GCT and GCL Rules will be published in due course on the FEI website here.

The Board also approved updates to the rules for the Longines Rankings Jumping Calculation for 2021 lists, which will shortly be published here. The Board was advised that the Longines Rankings Working Group will meet again in early 2021 to review the parameters for bringing the Ranking calculation methodology back to normal in the post- Covid-19 impacted calendar. The agreed system will then be shared with other disciplines that have a similar 12-month rolling rankings, as these are also currently frozen.

The Board was advised of proposed amendments to the Jumping Rules, which will be voted on at the FEI General Assembly on 23 November 2020.”

Veterinary

"Due to the extraordinary circumstances of Covid-19, the Board approved the request of the FEI Approval of Laboratory Group (FALAG) to proceed with an online assessment of the Japanese Racing Laboratory (LRC) as an alternative to the onsite evaluation that is otherwise carried out by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA). The online assessment will be conducted by FALAG to determine if the LRC can become an FEI Approved Laboratory.

The Veterinary Director updated the Board on the ongoing work of the International Horse Sports Confederation (IHSC) Brexit Task Force and the status of the proposed solutions for safe and expedited horse movement between EU Member States and Britain following the UK’s departure from the EU. The Task Force has made substantial progress, especially in the area of breeding horses, although several challenges remain, such as the control of horse movement from Great Britain to the EU, in the absence of a trade agreement.

The Veterinary Director also highlighted two of the key proposed amendments to the FEI Veterinary Regulations that will be put forward to the General Assembly for approval. The trimming or removal of horse’s sensory hairs will become a prohibited method, and the amendments include the re-categorisation of Veterinary Services Managers (VSM) as Official Veterinarians."

Update by the FEI Medical Chair

“The Chair of the FEI Medical Committee Dr Mark Hart gave an update on the Covid-19 situation referring to the second wave of the pandemic and the advent of highly effective vaccines awaiting approval. Although new restrictions are likely to be imposed to varying degrees around the world, he does not foresee any changes to the FEI Return to Play policy which is designed to supplement local regulations.

The Board was also provided a brief update on the preparation of protocols for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in order to help National Federations anticipate the testing environment for teams (athletes and extended support personnel) in the lead-up to and during the Games. And lastly, he referred to the IOC’s recent announcement regarding potential support for all athletes and support personnel attending the Tokyo Games in the procurement of vaccines, if this could be arranged, in order to decrease potential disruption.”

FEI Sports Forum 2021

"The Board discussed a number of key topics for the FEI Sports Forum 2021. These will include sessions on Rules Revisions for Jumping, Minimum Requirements for International Events, and the formal integration of grooms as stakeholders within the FEI Community. The FEI Sports Forum 2021 is set to be held from 19-20 April, with both in-person and online platforms being considered, given the ongoing uncertainty around the Covid-19 pandemic."

 



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