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EEF member information: recent activities 

EEF General Assembly 2020 goes online

In respect of the currently increasing Covid-19 numbers around the globe, various travel bans,  social distancing rules and accompanying hygienic measures, the board has recommended to the EEF members that the EEF General Assembly 2020 should be held online instead of an in-person meeting in Vienna (AUT).

This recommendation has found full support amongst the members who have not risen any objection. Consequently, the EEF General Assembly 2020 will be held online on October 28.

Special thanks go out to the Austrian NF, which has confirmed its readiness to host the General Assembly in 2021 instead.
 
EEF Secretary General meeting - discussing the FEI Anti-Doping rules revision

The EEF Secretary General meeting had been established by the EEF in order to coordinate the members and to facilitate the opinion making process about the proposed FEI rules changes and revisions. This meeting is much appreciated amongst the EEF members and has improved their dialogue remarkably.

On August, 18, twenty-five Secretaries General together with FEI‘s Secretary General, Sabrina Ibanez, have met virtually. Carina Mayer has chaired the meeting.

The main topic of the meeting‘s agenda was the FEI rules for human and equine athletes anti-doping measures which are under full revision in 2020. The respective working groups from the FEI and EEF have worked together.

Avalon Everett (IRL), member of the EEF Anti-Doping working group, has outlined the major changes regarding the anti-doping rules for Equines. It was announced that the EEF members would receive a template from the working group for easier commenting of the rule changes back to the FEI.

Constanze Winter (GER), member of the EEF Anti-Doping working group, has outlined the major changes regarding the anti-doping rules for Humans, where the the amendments consist primarily its alignment with the WADA code. It was emphasized that the mandated conduction of anti-doping education might be a challenge especially for minor NFs and that the cooperation with the respective national anti-doping units is highly recommended.

Also amongst the Secretaries General, the willingness to keep international sports competitions alive was noticeable. After having been informed that there were no bidders for the European Dressage Championships for Children/Juniors/Young Riders in 2021, both the Dutch and the Italian NF representatives have showed interest in doing so.

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EEF Board - following its credo "in dubio pro sport"

At its virtual meeting on August 10, the EEF board had to follow up on different topics. The various uncertainties and limitations due to the pandemic have compromised in particular the international sport and therefore most current issues on the EEF agenda are linked up to it.

It was unanimously agreed that the Vaulting Championship 2021 should be planned as a World Championship and however if the Covid-19 pandemic would impede the organization at this level, the Championships should at least be planned as a European one. This position has been communicated to the FEI.

Also regarding the European Senior Championships in Jumping - and eventually the Olympic disciplines - the discussions had been continued and it was kept as a noteworthy positive fact, that there have been several organizers willing to enter their bid to hold the major event in these insecure times.

The EEF Para-Equestrian Working Group has been founded and the eight membership applicants have been approved by the EEF board.

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