IJRC at the Sports Forum 2018

The first day of the the FEI Sports Forum’s seventh edition (26/27 March Lausanne) was focused on Youth.

As the FEI Sports Forum is very important to help make the right decisions, to dialogue, to plan the future of the equestrian sport and to share ideas with a lot of people involved at various levels with the equestrian world, the International Jumping Riders Club’s Director Eleonora Ottaviani attended the sessions, together with Laura Borromeo.

The day before, Mrs Ottaviani took part also to several meeting with the Equestrian European Federation (EEF), the International Equestrian Organisers Alliance (IEOA which mission is to provide general and meaningful support to show organisers) and with the Alliance of Jumping Organisers (AJO).

Regarding the Sport Forum, the protagonist of the firts day was a group of young dynamic athletes from around the world aged between 18 to 25, representing all equestrian disciplines (jumping, dressage, para dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining).

The discussions touched different aspects, that can be improved, to help the young riders to succeed in equestrian sport. The sessions underlined also the future of the Youth Olympic Games, helded every four years, that will have the next edition in Buenos Aires next October.

These Games are the world’s largest multi-sport event for high-performance young athletes, promoted by the the International Olympic Committee, gathers young athletes aged between 15 and 18.

Off the sports field, athletes also participate with spectators in various educational and cultural activities that promote Olympism.

Alongside with all these subjects, some experts talked also about Athlete Welfare with a focus on concussion, medication & recreational drugs, harassment and abuse prevention.

The list of the topics on the agenda, ended with a focus on risk management in Eventing, with an update from the Working Group on FEI Officials, wich work began two years ago.

The last two sessions of the second day, regarded an analysis on the way to prepare athletes competing in very hot and humid conditions and the last session concluded with a presentation on the findings of the Dressage Judges Working Group.

The participants thank the FEI for having given them the opportunity to discuss key issues in a context that has seen all active stakeholders.