Return To Play

FEI Policy for Enhanced Competition Safety during the Covid-19 Pandemic (effective for all FEI Events held as of 1 July 2020)

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to unfold, the FEI remains dedicated to the safety and welfare of horses, athletes, officials, staff, spectators and all those involved in the equine industry.

As we anticipate the gradual return of competitions, we must do everything we can to mitigate the risk of transmission and further spread of Covid-19. This is a matter of public health, and it’s also how a sport can demonstrate to public authorities that it is ready to resume activity.

In this regard the FEI Policy for Enhanced Competition Safety during the Covid-19 Pandemic, which is effective for all FEI Events held as of 1 July 2020, has been developed based on currently accepted best practices by the World Health Organization (WHO) and US Center for Disease Control (CDC) and will be continually reviewed and updated as more information becomes available. It is not intended to replace the applicable guidance and policies from domestic government and health authorities, but to supplement their recommendations with sport specific considerations.

The Policy includes:

  • A framework outlining objectives, roles and responsibilities;
  • A decision-making system for sports federations/sports event organisers when planning events during the Covid-19 pandemic. This system, which was developed by the WHO, is composed of a risk assessment tool, a decision making tree, and an accompanying document outlining relevant considerations;
  • Best practices for FEI Event Organisers.

Under this Policy, conducting and documenting the risk assessment – together with the National Federation – is mandatory for FEI Event Organisers.

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