FEI Sends Out Reminder for Olympic NOC Certificate of Capability and Horse Ownership

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 16:18
Malaysian Qabil Ambak competing all over Europe, here at the CDI-W Salzburg, in pursuit of Olympic qualification :: Photo © Petra Kerschbaum

The FEI has sent out a reminder to National Federations that their athletes who have obtains a team place for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo need to have achieved their Certificate of Capability by 31 December 2019. 

NOC Certificate of Capability

Important information for the NOCs/NFs having obtained a team place for the Tokyo2020 Olympic Games in the three (3) disciplines during the period of the WEG 2018 to 31 December 2019:

All team places will need to be confirmed by an NOC Certificate of Capability.

For details please refer to the FEI Regulations at Equestrian Events effective for Tokyo2020 and IOC Olympic Qualification Systems on Inside.FEI.org : 

  1. Deadline for NOCs/NF to confirm Team qualification to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: 31 December 2019
  2. Definition of a NOC Certificate of Capability: at least three (3) athlete/horse combinations from the NOC/NF need to have obtained the Olympic minimum eligibility requirements during the period FEI World Equestrian Games 2018 – 31 December 2019. NOC confirmation to be provided to the FEI by 31 December 2019.

    Results to be taken into account: Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) obtained at and after WEG 2018 until 31 December 2019, according to the MER criteria published for each discipline.

    a)    The three (3) athlete/horse combinations that obtain this NOC Certificate of Capability do not need to be the same as the combinations that will represent the NOC/NF at the Olympic Games.

    b)    The three(3) Athlete/Horse combinations must be three different Athletes with three(3) different Horses. This requirement has been included to ensure that, in principle, the NOCs/NFs have a team at the required level to compete at the Olympic Games.

Unused (or unconfirmed) team quota places (excluding Host Country places): If an NOC has declined a team quota place by 3 February 2020 or an NOC has not confirmed the NOC Certificate of Capability by 31 December 2019, then the place(s) will be reallocated according to the procedure for each discipline and the NOC will be allocated one (1) individual quota place from within the respective FEI Olympic Group in the Individual Qualification.

Athlete Eligibility: All Horses/Athletes who take part in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Eventing Competitions must achieve the respective minimum eligibility requirements (MER) as a combination set for the respective by obtaining “FEI qualifying results” in the listed Competitions which take place from 1 January 2019 until (and including) 1 June 2020 that being the date five (5) weeks before the Tokyo 2020 Sports Entries deadline (the “MER Deadline”).

Horse Ownership / Nationality – REMINDER!

Further to Article 139 of the FEI General Regulations and Articles 606 and 620 of the FEI Regulations for Equestrian Events at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: 

  • The nationality of the Owner of a Horse competing at Tokyo 2020 must be the same as the nationality of the Athlete riding the Horse.
  • Only Horses owned by Owner(s) having the same nationality of the Athlete (i.e. not leased horses) can participate at Tokyo 2020. The Owner of the Horse and its nationality must be entered in the FEI Database by 15 January 2020.
  • If the nationality of the Horse is changed between 15 January 2020 and Tokyo 2020 the Horse will not be eligible to compete at Tokyo 2020 (The owners can change provided the nationality is maintained).
  • As per the FEI General Regulations, “Owner” means a person or entity having a property interest in whole or in part of one or more horses.
  • The horse may be owned by individual(s) and/or company(ies) and/or by a partnership of individual(s) and/or company(ies).
  • If the Horse is owned by a company, the nationality of the Horse is that of the country where the company is registered. The name of the company and its nationality must be entered in the FEI Database by 15 January 2020 as mentioned above.
  • When a Horse is owned by a company it is not mandatory to enter the name of an individual (with legal ownership in the company) in the FEI Database prior to 15 January 2020.
  • The NF of a Horse belonging to a partnership or syndicate of owners must inform the FEI by 10 April 2020, i.e. the date of the Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (OCOG) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) accreditation date for NOCs, of the name of one (1) owner to ensure that they are entered in the Olympic Accreditation System.

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