|What does it mean?|
All FEI Athletes have a sport nationality (a country they compete for), regardless of their age and level. Athletes can only have one sport nationality at a time. The FEI's Sport Nationality Rules determine which country an Athlete must compete for, and the conditions under which a sport nationality can be changed. In order to be valid, a sport nationality change must be approved by the FEI.
Sport nationality is usually connected to state nationality. This principle is applied strictly for Athletes aged over 18, while a more flexible approach is used for Athletes under 18.
For participation in Olympic/Paralympic Games, additional eligibility requirements may be imposed by the applicable FEI Regulations. The Olympic and Paralympic Regulations also apply, and may impose a waiting period in the event of a sport nationality change. Participation in Regional and Continental Games is also subject to the regulations of the relevant governing body.
|How to Apply for a Sport Nationality Change|
Athletes aged above 18
Sport nationality change applications are examined by the FEI in accordance with Art. 119 of the FEI General Regulations and can only be submitted by the National Federation of the country of the desired sport nationality. Applications submitted directly by Athletes will not be accepted.
To apply, please fill in the Application Form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org along with:
Minor Athletes (under 18)
|When to apply|
|Applications should be submitted to the FEI at least 30 days before the first planned international participation under the new sport nationality.
|How it works|
The FEI will review the application and may request further documentation if necessary. The FEI will also inform the Athlete’s current NF that a sport nationality change procedure has been initiated. If all applicable requirements set out in Art. 119 of the FEI General Regulations are met, the FEI will confirm the sport nationality change.
|Sport nationality change and Olympic/Paralympic Games participation|
♦ Participation in the Olympic and Paralympic Games is also subject to Olympic and Paralympic Regulations, and in particular to any
waiting period imposed by these regulations in the event of a sport nationality change.
♦ Participation in Regional and Continental Games is also subject to the regulations of the relevant governing body.
♦ Additional eligibility requirements may be imposed by the applicable FEI Regulations for the Olympic Games.