Newsdate: Sun, 7 July 2013 - 6:17 am
Location: LUSANNE, Switzerland
During a recent meeting, the bureau that makes proposals for modifications to FEI statutes and rules examined a number of proposals for modifications to the FEI Statutes made a number of recommendations for rule changes.
These proposals will be reviewed by the National Federations and will be submitted to the vote of the FEI General Assembly in November. If accepted by the General Assembly, they will come into effect on 1 January 2014.
The main proposals were:
1. STATUTES – Election of a Regional Group Chair
Following the approval of online elections for Group Chairs in 2012, it was proposed that the FEI Statutes should reflect this process.
Furthermore, if at any point there are two remaining candidates and none of the candidates obtains a two-thirds majority, the candidate which receives a simple majority should be the sole candidate presented to the General Assembly for election. This is in line with the process in place for the election of the FEI President.
2. General Regulations
Branded Armband and other partner branded items
A provision clarifying that the FEI may require that armbands or other branded items be worn by athletes at FEI Events, such as sponsor branded armbands for the athlete ranked as world number one on the official international rankings, was recommended.
In line with this new provision, there should be a corresponding sanction to deliver to an athlete for not complying with such rule and the suggestion is to give a Yellow Warning Card.
National Events with more than four National Federations or 15 foreign athletes
Under the current FEI rules, a national event (CN) which allows more than 15 foreign athletes or more than four National Federations (NFs) is considered to be an international event (CI). Organising fees are due for a CI of the relevant discipline and category, but the results of CNs considered as CIs do not count for any qualification or ranking purposes.
Given the risk that events with many NFs and international athletes may be organised and not entered in the FEI calendar in order to avoid the obligations outlined in the FEI General Regulations, it is suggested to include the following provisions:
1. CNs with more than four NFs or 15 foreign athletes are prohibited and cannot be allowed by an NF; and
2. If a CN takes place under such conditions, no ranking or qualification points will be earned and the NF can be fined up to an amount equivalent to the total prize-money paid out at such competition.
Person Responsible – minors
Given the unique and challenging circumstances that can sometimes surround minor athletes taking part in FEI events, it is suggested that some flexibility be allowed so that under “exceptional circumstances” a minor may be considered as not being the Person Responsible even if he or she is riding, driving, or vaulting the horse.
Horse nationality for the Olympic Games: deadline
It is proposed to amend Art. 139.4 which currently states that, “Horses entered for the Olympic Games must be the property of Owners of the same nationality as the Athlete by 31 December of the year preceding the Games (see Olympic Regulations)”.
The proposed new deadline is 15 January of the year of the Olympic Games. The reason is that the 31 December date is not practical since most National Federations and the FEI are typically closed on that day.
Protective headgear rule
It has been suggested that the protective headgear rule should be enforced upon arrival at the show ground.
Medical Committee recommendations
The Medical Committee recommends that the GRs include a new provisions regarding medical assistance at events, and in particular:
- on-site presence of at least one person trained in emergency medical care; and
- an appropriate medical emergency action plan for the evacuation and transport of injured athletes.
The Medical Committee also strongly recommends that if an athlete has a fall, an examination by a medical provider should be mandatory (in addition to any sport rules such as disqualification/elimination).
3. FEI INTERNAL REGULATIONS
A wording specifying that Bureau members cannot officiate at world and continental championships, FEI World Cup™ Finals, FEI Nations Cup™ Finals, Olympic, Paralympic and Regional Games will be added.
4. EQUINE ANTI-DOPING AND CONTROLLED MEDICATION REGULATIONS AND FEI ANTI-DOPING RULES FOR HUMAN ATHLETES
Team disqualification due to positive test(s) for a prohibited substance
The FEI Bureau supports the extension of the Olympic rule related to the team disqualification due to positive test(s) for a prohibited substance to all the FEI disciplines. According to this rule, should an athlete and/or horse be disqualified for a positive test(s) for a prohibited substance, the athlete’s result will be annulled in all competitions and the entire team disqualified.
However, the team members who do not test positive will be able to continue as individuals, if qualified.
This rule, if approved by the General Assembly, will be applicable at the Olympic Games for the Olympic disciplines, the FEI World Equestrian Games™, Senior FEI Championships, and Regional Games.
The Bureau approved the following items:
• Rules and qualification system for the 2015 Pan-American Games, which will be added as Annex I to the Rules for Jumping Championships and Olympic Games.
• Rules and qualification system for the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games, which will be added as Annex II to the Rules for Jumping Championships and Olympic Games.
The Bureau approved the proposal to include all FEI Eventing technical delegates and judges in the list of FEI stewards as level 1. Guidelines for the implementation of this rule in regard to ensuring the education of the Officials will be reviewed by the FEI Headquarters.
The Bureau approved the joint proposal of the Eventing and Medical Committees to replace the current medical card by an updated information system at each event with medical details which would be verified by the on-site doctors. This decision was taken since the medical cards were often uncompleted or incorrect. A form for athletes to announce any serious health conditions confidentially to the event chief medical officer will be developed.
The Bureau approved the revised FEI World CupTM Driving Rules for the 2013-2014 season. They will be published on the FEI website here.
The Technical Committee chair updated the Bureau on the issues the discipline is currently facing. It was agreed that the Endurance Committee will work closely with the Veterinary Committee in order to develop a scientifically-based review of these issues; the review will assist the sport in identifying further steps that can be undertaken.
The Endurance Committee welcomes the FEI President’s initiative to hold an Endurance Round Table and is looking forward to the outcome.
The Bureau approved the revised FEI World Cup™ Vaulting Rules for the 2013-2014 season. For the first time a Pas-de-Deux will be introduced to this series. The approved rules will be published on the FEI website here.
The Bureau approved the introduction of the FEI World Reining Final Rules for 2013 which will be published on the FEI website here. The first Final will take place towards the end of the year and will be open to the best ranked athletes from each National Federation. Qualification will take place during the 2013 season.