On February 28, 2022 the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) unanimously condemned the invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces and agreed on the ramifications to equestrian sport in Russia and Belarus.  

In line with the IOC statement of 25 February 2022 urging International Sports Federations to relocate or cancel their sports events, the FEI Executive Board called on the FEI Secretary General to remove all international equestrian events in Russia and Belarus in the 2022 FEI Calendar in accordance with Articles 112.3 of the FEI General Regulations and 28.2 vi of the FEI Statutes.  

In addition to removing all the events from Russia and Belarus, the FEI Executive Board also unanimously agreed to freeze all FEI Solidarity and development activities and to cancel or relocate, where possible, FEI Courses for Officials scheduled to be held in Russia and Belarus in 2022.  

During the meeting, the Executive Board also approved the allocation of a CHF (Swiss Franc) 1 Million FEI Solidarity Relief Fund for the equestrian community in Ukraine. The FEI is liaising closely with the Ukrainian Federation and neighbouring countries to facilitate and coordinate logistical support as well as the financial aid.  

FEI President and Chair of the FEI Solidarity Committee Ingmar De Vos (BEL) is currently in close contact with the National Federation of Ukraine and the equestrian community.  

“We are deeply concerned for the welfare of all Ukrainians and the entire equestrian community in Ukraine,” the FEI President said. “Their safety is very much our priority, and we are liaising closely with our key contacts in Ukraine and neighbouring countries to seek solutions to their most pressing needs. Sport is a network which relies and thrives on team spirit and camaraderie and it is through these important friendships that we can offer support and make a difference to the people of Ukraine in these challenging times.”   

On March 2, 2022 the FEI prohibited Russian and Belarusian athletes, horses, and officials from participating in FEI Events. Following the decision to remove all international equestrian events in Russia and Belarus from the FEI Calendar, the FEI Board announced an Emergency Board Resolution to prohibit the participation of all Russian and Belarusian athletes, horses and officials in international events.  

Further to the recommendation of the IOC Executive Board on 28 February 2022, and in accordance with Article 20.3 of the FEI Statutes, the FEI Board agreed to: 

  • Prohibit Russian and Belarusian athletes, horses, and officials from participating in FEI Events until further notice;  
  • Exclude the possibility of Russian and Belarusian Athletes (equine and human) and officials from participating in FEI Events under the FEI flag and/or in a neutral capacity.  

The resolution also prohibits, with immediate effect, the display of Russian and Belarusian flags, or their anthems played at, or in connection with, any FEI Events. 

The FEI Board also condemned the invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces and the support provided by the government of Belarus. 

“It is regrettable that the FEI has needed to take such severe measures, but we need to ensure the safety, integrity and fairness of FEI Competitions during these difficult times,” FEI President Ingmar De Vos said. “We sincerely hope that a peaceful solution can be found as soon as possible.”  

All FEI Rules & Regulations can be found here.

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