Italy is bidding to retain its place as host of the 2022 endurance World Championships after the plug was pulled weeks forward of the scheduled occasion.
This yr’s championships have been set to be held in Verona from 19 to 23 October, however have been cancelled in September as the protection of horses and riders “couldn’t be assured” (information, 15 September).
“This was not a call we took flippantly, as we totally perceive the ramifications it would have, however we needed to take our tasks and respect the evaluation of our technical specialists,” FEI president Ingmar De Vos mentioned on the time.
The FEI reopened the bidding, and has prolonged the deadline for the 2022 championships to be held to 30 April 2023.
Six venues are within the combine, with a call due in November. These are: Bouthib within the United Arab Emirates (between 26 and 29 January or 20 and 26 February); the French venue of Fontainebleau (25 March); Lisbon in Portugal (between 31 March and 1 April); Punta del Este in Uruguay (22 April); Samorin in Slovakia (29 April); or retaining the occasion on Italian soil in Pisa (29 April).
Italia Endurance asd and Sistemaeventi.it srl, the identical organising committee that hosted the 2021 World Championships in Pisa, has put its hat within the ring to tackle the rescheduled 2022 fixture, with a view to operating it once more on the Pisa San Rossore racecourse.
Gianluca Laliscia, chief govt and chairman of Sistemaventi.it srl, mentioned they’ve the “full help of the Italian Equestrian Federation”.
“It’s our goal to create a really environmentally pleasant and eco-sustainable occasion, such because the one hosted in 2021,” he mentioned.
Mr Laliscia added the venue provides an “already examined” observe, wonderful infrastructure, technical companies and an knowledgeable organising committee.
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