The Equestrian Federation of Ukraine has approved the qualification procedure for individual athletes aiming for participation at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. At a board meeting on 6 April the plans concerning preparation and participation of Ukrainian athletes at the Olympic Games were discussed. Ukraine is eligible to send one dressage combination to the Games.
The meeting was attended by Natalia Prysyazhnyuk, Secretary General of Equestrian Federation of Ukraine, Andrey Petrov, state trainer of Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sport of Ukraine, Yuriy Kovshov, the member of board of the Equestrian Federation of Ukraine and the personal trainer of Svitlana Kiseliova, Iryna Shulha, the member of board of the Equestrian Federation Of Ukraine, as well as Mykhail Parkhomchuk, director of Vian Group company (a long-term partner of Equestrian Federation of Ukraine on the organization and sponsorship of dressage competitions in Ukraine).
The members of the meeting took the following into consideration:
- 1. Ukraine gained the right to be represented with one athlete at XXX summer Olympic Games in London, in Dressage competitions.
- 2. National Olympic Committee of Ukraine is interested in the fact that the country will be represented by the strongest athlete as of the end of June, 2012, i.e. one month before the Olympic Games.
- 3. The participant of the Olympic Games has to be defined in fair circumstances at the big event under the conditions similar to that of Olympic Games as much as possible.The members of the meeting took the following decision:
The results of the Grand Prix that will be held on 12 May 2012 in Zhashkiv will define the line-up of the Ukrainian short list. The short listed riders will then participate in one of the events taking place in Western Europe in the period 15 June – 9 July, 2012.
As the Ukrainian leader on the FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking Svitlana Kiseliova gets an automatic place on the short list and has receved a waiver to participate in the qualifying competitions in Zhashkiv.
The rider who shows the best result in Grand Prix in one of the events taking place in Western Europe in the period 15 June – 9 July, 2012, will get the right to represent Ukraine at the Olympic Games.
If the difference between the best result and the result of the next rider is less than 0.5 %, the advantage will go the rider whose position on the FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking as of June 2012 is the highest.