FEI President HRH Princess Haya Will Stand for Re-Election

first_imgHRH Princess Haya has signalled her intention to stand for re-election as FEI President following an overwhelming vote in favour of amending the FEI Statutes to allow FEI Presidents to serve three consecutive four-year terms in office.The vote on amending the Statutes to prolong the term of the FEI President took place at the FEI Extraordinary General Assembly (EGA) in Lausanne (SUI) on April 29th, with 103 National Federations voting in favour of the amendment. There were three votes against the amendment and no abstentions. The EGA also voted in favour of applying the same term to all FEI Bureau members.Princess Haya had stated in September last year that she would not stand for re-election, despite an earlier move by FEI Regional Group Chairpersons and the National Federations to amend the FEI Statutes at the 2013 General Assembly.Following Princess Haya’s statement, the amendment proposal was removed from the General Assembly agenda, but a petition signed by 100 National Federations during the meeting in Montreux (SUI) called for an EGA. As a result, the EGA was included in the timetable for this week’s two-day FEI Sports Forum, which got underway yesterday at the International Management Development Institute (IMD) in Lausanne.Princess Haya excused herself from today’s pre-vote discussions and the vote itself, seeking delegates’ approval to allow FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos to chair the meeting. Following the vote in favour of amending the Statutes, an emotional Princess Haya returned to a standing ovation.“I always felt that when people are given a responsibility, given faith and given belief they are given an opportunity to do well in their lives and that’s what you’ve always given to me. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that, it’s a huge honour,” a visibly moved Princess Haya said, prompting further prolonged applause from delegates at the meeting.“I’m very honoured for the opportunity you’ve given me to be available as a future president of the FEI for a third term. I don’t want to go further than that today because I do believe there’s the possibility that there’ll be other candidates and I believe they should be given the opportunity to come forward. But at the same time you have my commitment to you.”At her first meeting FEI Bureau meeting after her election in 2006, Princess Haya proposed limiting FEI Presidents to two four-year terms, a reform which was later adopted as an FEI Statute. Today’s vote reverses that decision, but still limits the Presidential term. Previously the FEI Presidential term of office was unlimited.The FEI Presidential election will take place at the General Assembly in December. The FEI Bureau will decide on the application period for Presidential candidates during its in-person meeting on 9 and 10 June. The Swiss National Federation has already announced its support for Swiss businessman and former President of the Geneva CHI, Pierre Genecand, although his candidacy has yet to be officially declared.Today’s EGA also unanimously supported the creation of the FEI Olympic Council. The Council, which was proposed by the FEI Bureau in February of this year, will be a more permanent liaison between the FEI and the members of the Olympic Family with an equestrian background in order to protect the place of equestrian sport in the Olympic programme.The Council, which will be chaired by the FEI President, will include all IOC members and honorary members with an equestrian background, the chairs of the FEI Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing Committees, the FEI Secretary General and other representatives invited by the FEI President.The full composition of the FEI Olympic Council will be announced shortly. Tags: FEI Extraordinary General Assembly, HRH Princess Haya, FEI President HRH Princess Haya, More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email* SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enewslast_img

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