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FEI Sports Forum 2017: The future of the Nations Cup, CSI invitation system, entry fees, dress codes and officials on the program

Tuesday, 14 March 2017
FEI Sports Forum 2017

The agenda for the FEI Sports Forum 2017 is fully packed, and several important issues will be up for discussion from April 10-11 in Lausanne. 

The first subject to be debated is the future of the FEI Nations Cup (jumping). "The purpose of this session is to review the current format and structure, identify the weaknesses and present potential solutions suitable for the fans, the media, the athletes and organisers alike. Some of the discussion points include: the number of qualifiers; the concentration of qualifiers in Europe and lack of qualifiers in other regions; the positioning, identity and prize money; the point system; and the commercial challenges related to finding potential sponsors," reads the FEI Sports Forum program. 

Click here to read the full supportive document from the FEI regarding the future of the FEI Nations Cup.

The second session on the first day of the FEI Sports Forum will be dedicated to the online invitation system which is currently in a development phase following the new FEI jumping invitations rules. "In response to what are complex Invitation Rules, the Online Invitation system has been developed to ensure athletes are granted the right to participate at an event based on their position in the Longines Rankings whilst helping Organisers in the automation of invitations to events. A full 100% launch is planned for 1 January 2018," reads the FEI Sports Forum program. 

The third session will focus on CSI/CSIO requirements which includes entry fees. "For quite some time now it has been suggested that the CSI/CSIO Requirements as covered under Annex VI of the FEI Jumping Rules should be re-examined. To this end, National Federations and the stakeholder groups concerned have been encouraged to review and provide proposals on the CSI/CSIO Requirements and entry fees by 1 March 2017. The proposals received will be presented along with the Jumping Committee’s recommendations in the Sports Forum supporting documents to be published on 13 March and will be discussed at this dedicated session at the Sports Forum. The goal of the session on the CSI/CSIO Requirements is not to produce a “one size fits all” solution applicable to all CSIs, but rather to examine the proposals received and determine whether there is a willingness and a need for alterations to be made to the CSI/CSIO Requirements. The Jumping Committee will further discuss the feedback from the Sports Forum at their meeting the following week," reads the FEI Sports Forum program. 

Click here to read the full supportive document from the FEI regarding CSI/CSIO requirements and entry fees.

Jumping dress code and jumping youth development are the last two subjects on the agenda on the first day of the FEI Sports Forum. 

Day two opens up with a three-hour long session dedicated to officials. "The second day of the FEI Sports Forum 2017 will start with a lengthy session on FEI officials. The Working Group on FEI Officials, which was set up following the discussions at last year’s Sports Forum and is chaired by Mark Samuel (CAN), will present its findings. These range on a variety of topics, such as officials’ recruitment, job descriptions, age limit, remuneration, and education. A discussion with the Forum’s delegates will follow, where the participants’ feedback on the progress to date, personal experiences, expectations, and recommendations for the Group’s further work will be welcomed," reads the FEI Sports Forum program. 

Click here to access the full program and all supporting documents for the FEI Sports Forum 2017.

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