Equestrian Australia announced that the Australian Olympic Committee, who is responsible for all final Olympic policies, has approved the Nomination Criteria for Eventing, Dressage and Jumping for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The Australian equestrian federation will only consider for nomination Combinations who have achieved within the FEI Qualification Period the following:
- The Combinations must achieve the Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MER) at selected Events which take place from 1 January 2019 until (and including) 1 June 2020 that being the date (5) weeks before the Sport Entries Deadline (the “MER Deadline”).
- The MER requires that a minimum 66% must be attributed twice to the Combination by both a 5* judge and as an average from all judges in the competition, and the score must be achieved in a Grand Prix test at two different CDI3*/CDI4*/CDI5*CDI-W/CDIO events. The two 5* judges must be of a nationality other than that of the Athlete. Scores achieved in Preliminary or Consolation Grand Prix classes judged by three judges do not count towards the MER.
To be eligible for consideration for nomination, Australian combinations are to have achieved the following competition criteria:
- Combinations must have achieved an overall percentage of 69% or higher in at least two Grand Prix tests at a CDI3* or above or CDI-W event between 1 January 2019 and 14 June 2020; and
- if competing in a CDI3*, there must be at least one 5* judge on the Ground Jury. At least one of these scores of 69% or higher must have been achieved during 2020.
Combinations to be nominated for the Team will be identified by the Dressage Selection Panel in its sole and absolute discretion to achieve the best possible result at the Games.
The National Federation will nominate the three (3) Combinations who satisfy the threshold criteria. The National Federation may identify one Combination as the P Alternate Athlete and Horse (in addition to the Combinations nominated for selection). The High Performance Panel, in its sole and absolute discretion, will decide whether or not to identify a P Alternate Athlete and Horse.
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