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  • Help keep eventing in the Olympics by supporting a petition backed by British Eventing and the FEI

    A decision on whether eventing will remain in the Olympics after Athens 2004 is expected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 11 November, until then the FEI and BE are working hard to build a case for retaining it within the Olympic movement.

    Eventing was one of three sports and five disciplines included in a review commissioned by the IOC, which recommended they be excluded from Beijing in 2008.

    High organisational costs and concerns over the safety of eventing are the reasons behind its inclusion. Despite the FEIworking hard to reduce organisational costs and improve safety, the commission concluded that: “the cost is too high and safety too much of an issue”.

    Peter Durrant, chief executive for British Eventing said: “British Eventing, along with everyone else, is showing total commitment – no stone is being left unturned and we are absolutely determined to keep eventing as an Olympic sport.”

    British Eventing (BE) launched a petition at Blenheim PetPlan International three-day event last month in a bid to raise eventing’s profile and campaign to keep it as part of the Olympics.

    The petition now needs as many signatures as possible from competitors, officials, spectators, supporters, owners and friends, but it is vital that nobody signs it more than once.

    The form can be downloaded from the BE’s website, click here to visit their website.

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