Protective measures prohibiting all Russian and Belarusian Athletes, Horses and Officials from participating in FEI Events, which had been introduced on 2 March 2022 following the full-scale military invasion of Ukraine, will remain in place until further notice. The decision was taken by the FEI Board at its extraordinary teleconference held on 4 April.
“The FEI Board met to discuss the framework recommended on 28 March by the IOC for the return of neutral athletes from Russia and Belarus to international competition,” FEI President Ingmar De Vos said.
“While the IOC has not taken any decision regarding the participation of Russian and Belarussian Athletes at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, it is the view of the FEI Board that at this stage neutrality cannot be defined and evaluated in a sufficiently satisfactory way. The Board agreed that the FEI does not have the necessary tools to evaluate in a fair and objective manner the conditions of participation for individual neutral athletes and support personnel as stipulated in the recommendations put forward by the IOC.
“Therefore, all Russian and Belarusian Athletes, Horses and Officials continue to be prohibited from participating in FEI Events. In keeping with the sanctions imposed by the IOC, no FEI events organised in Russia and Belarus can be entered in the FEI Calendar for 2023. Any Officials’ course as well as any other FEI activities scheduled to be held in Russia and Belarus in 2023 have been cancelled or relocated and all FEI Solidarity projects in Russia and Belarus remain frozen.
“The FEI fully respects the decision of the IOC, however, until we have a practical system in place to apply the recommendations, we will maintain our current measures in place.
“The Board reiterates its full support to the people of Ukraine, who have suffered tremendously, and pledges its continued solidarity and support to the Ukrainian equestrian community through the FEI Solidarity Relief Fund,” President De Vos concluded.