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Calls for rule change so Princess Haya can stay as FEI president

Princess Haya at Royal Ascot

Princess Haya looks set to stand for a third term as president of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), following proposals to change the rules to allow this.

FEI statutes currently limit presidents to two four-year terms.

But an FEI spokesman told H&H that regional group chairs had submitted “a formal unanimous request that the FEI statutes be modified so that the term of the president may include one additional four-year term”.

The proposal needs to be approved by the FEI general assembly in November.

Princess Haya was elected in 2006. One of her first acts in office was to limit the president to two consecutive terms.

Since then she has brokered a number of high-value sponsorship packages for the FEI, including a nine-figure deal with watchmaker Longines (news, 4 January) and £13.4m from the Saudi Equestrian Fund to shore up the Nations Cup series (news, 24 January).

Originally published on horseandhound.co.uk