Suspension of the UAE NF - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Background: On 24 September 2020 the FEI Board imposed:

  • A full suspension of the UAE NF (all activities across all FEI disciplines) until 31 December 2020; and
  • A suspension of the UAE NF’s activities in relation to the discipline of Endurance until 31 March 2021

Such suspensions will remain in place beyond the dates indicated above unless all fines imposed by the FEI Board have been paid in full by the suspension expiry date.

For full details, please refer to the FEI Press Release.

The UAE NF has the right to appeal this suspension to the FEI Tribunal and/or to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The suspensions imposed will remain in place during the appeals process unless the FEI Tribunal/CAS decide otherwise.

The suspension of the UAE NF will have many practical consequences, not only for the UAE NF but also for other NFs and their Athletes, Owners, Trainers, Officials and Organisers. The FEI has put together this FAQ document to address the main queries of our stakeholders. The list of questions is non-exhaustive. If you have any further specific questions, please contact the relevant person at FEI Headquarters.

Unsanctioned Events: for the attention of all Athletes, FEI Officials and Horse Owners:
Please be aware that further to the suspension of the UAE NF, any equestrian events (including national events) organised in the United Arab Emirates shall be considered as “Unsanctioned Events” during the suspension period and any FEI Athlete, Horse or Official participating will be liable to a period of ineligibility of up to six months in accordance with Articles 113.4 and 155.7 of the FEI General Regulations. In other words, this means in practice that Athletes, Horses and Officials that participate at National or International Events in the UAE during the period of the UAE NF suspension will not be able to participate in FEI Events and National Events for a period of up to six months.
Please refer to the detailed Unsanctioned Events document for further information.

ORGANISERS
UAE OCs
1. I am a UAE Organiser, can I apply (via my NF) to hold International Events during the period of suspension?
 

No. The UAE NF cannot enter any International Events in the FEI Calendar during the period of suspension. Any CI/CIOs that had already been entered in the FEI Calendar and that were due to take place during the respective periods of suspension have been cancelled.

2. I am a UAE Organiser, can I hold National Events during the period of suspension?
 

If you do, any FEI registered Athletes/Horses/Officials (including those from the UAE) will not be eligible to participate in any FEI Events for a period of up to six months following participation in the National Event under the FEI Unsanctioned Event rule (See Articles 113.4 and 155.6 of the FEI GRs).

   
Non-UAE OCs
3. I am not a UAE Organiser but I would like to invite UAE Athletes and UAE Officials to my event in my country during the period of suspension. Can I do so?
 

No. UAE Athletes, Officials and Horses are not allowed to participate in any National (or International) Events worldwide during the period of the UAE NF’s suspension.

 

ATHLETES
UAE Athletes
4. I am a UAE athlete, can I compete in international events organised by other NFs?
 

No, you cannot compete in any international events during the period of your NF's suspension.

5, I am a UAE athlete, can I compete in national events organised in the UAE during the period of suspension?
 

If you do, you will not be eligible to compete in any FEI Events for a period of six months after you compete in the national event in the UAE because they are “Unsanctioned Events” (See Article 113.4 of the FEI General Regulations).

6. I am a UAE Athlete who has dual nationality, can I compete for my other nationality?
 

No because sport nationality changes must be approved by the FEI. The UAE-NF would also have to confirm having no objection to the change and they cannot do so while suspended.

7. But could I compete in international events under the FEI flag? (i.e. not on behalf of the UAE)?
 

No, this is not permitted. This option was considered by the FEI Board but the FEI Board decided that UAE Athletes/Horses/Officials would not be permitted to participate under the FEI flag.

8. I am a UAE athlete, can I compete in national events organised by other NFs?
 

No, you are not permitted to do so. In order to compete in national events organised by other NFs, your NF (the UAE NF) must give its permission, but as the UAE NF is suspended it cannot give that permission.

   
Non-UAE Athletes
9. I am a foreign FEI Athlete and the UAE NF is my Host NF (as per Art. 119.6 of the FEI General Regulations); can I compete during the period of the UAE NF suspension?
  Not unless you ask your own NF to ask the FEI to remove the UAE NF as Host NF and to change your administration back to your own NF.
10.

I am a non UAE Athlete and have been invited to compete in a national event in the UAE, can I compete there?

 

If you do, you will not be eligible to compete in any FEI Events for a period of up to six months after you compete in the national event in the UAE because any national (or international) events held in the UAE during its period of suspension are “Unsanctioned Events”.

11. I am a non UAE Athlete but compete on UAE Horses (owned by a UAE Owner), can I continue to compete with those Horses?
 

No, all UAE Horses are suspended during the period of the UAE NF suspension and their ownership cannot be changed during the period of the UAE NF suspension.

 

OWNERS
UAE Owners
12. I am a UAE Owner of a Horse (meaning nationality of Ownership as per FEI Database is UAE), can my Horse compete during the period of suspension?
 

No, the suspension of the UAE NF applies to all UAE Athletes, Horses, Officials, Trainers (Endurance only) and Organisers. Therefore your horse is not allowed to compete while the UAE NF is suspended.

13. I am a UAE Owner of a Horse, can I change the ownership of my Horse to another NF?
 

No, this is not possible while the UAE NF is suspended.

14. I am a UAE Owner of a Horse, can I lease my horse to a non UAE Athlete during the period of suspension?
 

No, because this would require action by the UAE NF which is suspended.

   
Non-UAE Owners
15. I own a Horse (non UAE owned) whose administering NF is the UAE NF, can my Horse compete?
 

Only if the NF of the declared Owner of the Horse (as per the FEI Database record on 24 September 2020) requests the FEI to take back the administration of the Horse and, for Endurance, provided that the Horse is not trained by a UAE Trainer.

16. I am an Owner of an Endurance Horse that is administered by my own NF (not the UAE) but trained by a UAE trainer, can I change the trainer of the Horse?
 

No, the change of trainer from a UAE Trainer to a non UAE Trainer is not permitted during the period of the UAE NF suspension.

17. I am a Horse Owner and I would like to buy a FEI registered horse that is currently owned by a UAE Owner, can I go ahead with the purchase?
 

Yes but the Horse will not be eligible to compete in FEI Events during the UAE NF’s period of suspension because you cannot change the ownership in the FEI Database during this period.

 

TRAINERS (applicable to Endurance only)
UAE Trainers
18. I am a UAE Endurance Trainer, can I train Horses that I am the registered trainer of during the period of suspension?
 

No, you cannot act as trainer of any Horse (regardless of whether it is owned by a UAE owner or not) while the UAE NF is suspended.

19. I am a UAE Endurance Trainer, can I have the Horses in my stable trained by another Trainer?
 

No, this would involve a change of Trainer and this is not possible during the period of the UAE NF suspension.

   
Non-UAE Trainers
20. I am a non UAE Endurance Trainer, can I take over the training of a UAE Endurance Horse from a UAE Trainer during the period of suspension?
 

No, as this would involve a change of Trainer and this is not possible during the period of the UAE NF suspension as the Horse is suspended.

21. I am a non UAE Endurance Trainer, can I take over the training of a non-UAE Endurance Horse from a UAE Trainer during the period of suspension?
 

No, this is not possible during the period of the UAE NF suspension.
 

NFs
Other than UAE NF
22. We are organising a National Event (CN) in our country, can we invite UAE Athletes to participate?
 

No, as a NF you must recognise and implement the suspension imposed by the FEI on the UAE NF. UAE Athletes, Officials, Horses are not allowed to participate in any National (or International) Events worldwide during the period of the UAE NF’s suspension. This also applies to any Athletes/Officials/Horses administered by the UAE NF and, in the case of Endurance, Horses trained by a UAE Trainer.

23. We have some of our own Athletes and Officials whose administering NF is the UAE NF. Can we change this so that the UAE NF is no longer their administering NF?
 

Yes, please contact the FEI to arrange for the change of administering NF.

 

OFFICIALS
UAE Officials
24. I am a UAE Official, can I continue to act as an Official at FEI Events during the period of suspension?
 

No. The suspension imposed on the UAE NF applies to all UAE Officials as well.

25. I am a UAE Official, can I continue to act as an Official at Events in the UAE during the period of suspension?
 

If you do, you will not be eligible to participate in any FEI Events for a period of up to six months after you participate in an event in the UAE because any national (or international) events held in the UAE during its period of suspension are “Unsanctioned Events”.

26. I am a UAE Official, can I act as an Official at National Events during the period of suspension?
 

No. If the National Event is held in the UAE it will be treated as an Unsanctioned Event and you will not be eligible to participate in any FEI Events for a period of up to six months after you participate. If the National Event is held outside the UAE, you cannot participate at all.

27. I am a UAE Official, can I change my official and/or administering NF to another NF?
 

No, this would require an action on behalf of the UAE NF and this is not possible because the UAE NF is suspended.

28. I am a UAE Official, can I attend FEI courses during the period of suspension of the UAE NF?
 

No, the suspension covers all FEI activities, which includes attendance at FEI courses.

   
Non-UAE Officials
29. I am a non UAE Official and have been invited to act as an Official at an Event in the UAE, can I do so?
 

If you do, you will not be eligible to participate in any FEI Events for a period of up to six months after you participate in the national event in the UAE because any national (or international) events held in the UAE during its period of suspension are “Unsanctioned Events”. (See Article 155.7 of the FEI GRs).

30. I don’t have UAE nationality but my official and/or administering NF is the UAE, What are the consequences?
 

You cannot act as an Official during the period of the UAE NF suspension. Also, you cannot change your official/administering NF back to your country of citizenship because this would require an action by the UAE NF and it cannot do that during the period of suspension.