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The FEI Bureau approves opening of bidding process for individual world championships for 2022

Saturday, 17 November 2018
FEI General Assembly 2018

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. The end of the World Equestrian Games? The FEI Bureau has approved the opening of a bidding process for individual world championships for 2022. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

The first in-person meeting of the FEI Bureau at the FEI General Assembly 2018 in Manama (BRN), took place today. 

On the agenda was the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2022, as the FEI twice has opened the bidding process without it resulting in any realistic bids. As a result, the FEI Bureau has unanimously approved the opening of a bidding process for individual world championships in all disciplines for 2022 but with preference being given to multi-discipline bids. 

In the summary from today's FEI Bureau meeting it is written that:

"The President stressed that this does not necessarily mean the end of the FEI World Equestrian GamesTM and bids to host the full seven-discipline Games for 2022 and 2026 will be considered. However, he made it clear that securing world championships for 2022 in the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines was crucial as these serve as qualifiers for the Paris 2024 Games.

The timeline would call for expressions of interest to host world championships 2022 by the end of February 2019, followed by workshops with bidders to understand their expectations and constraints. Bids would be fully evaluated over the spring/summer of 2019 with allocation at the in-person Bureau meeting at the FEI General Assembly in November 2019."

The 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games were also on the agenda, and the FEI Games Operations Director provided the Bureau with a detailed report on the event "highlighting the quality of the sport delivery and the sport itself (with the exception of Endurance), but also the areas of concern, particularly late delivery of the venue facilities. All these issues will be incorporated into the transfer of knowledge documentation for major FEI events."

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