Šamorín, Slovakia all but Guaranteed 2022 World Equestrian Games

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Thursday 26 January - 16h20 | Ian Clayton

Šamorín, Slovakia all but Guaranteed 2022 World Equestrian Games

Place your bets — and maybe double down — on Šamorín for 2022.

 - Šamorín, Slovakia all but Guaranteed 2022 World Equestrian Games

Credit : Napoli Slovak Equestrian Club - Facebook

The Slovakian town and its sumptuous equestrian complex is all but guaranteed to host the 2022 World Equestrian Games (WEG), according to the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI). 

As initially reported by veteran journalist Pippa Cuckson, the world governing body for equestrian sports has confirmed that it will not be looking for other candidates after the only other finalist for the 2022 Games, Lexington, Kentucky, dropped out of the running at the start of January.

“The bid process will not be re-opened,” the FEI said. “We have a very solid bid for the 2022 Games from our candidate Šamorín in Slovakia, and are looking forward to working through the remaining bid process, including full assessment of the venue by the FEI Evaluation Commission prior to allocation of the 2022 Games by the FEI Bureau in November this year.”

In short, the Napoli Slovak Equestrian Club in Šamorín, which was created three years ago by Slovakian businessman Mario Hoffman, looks to have a clear path to and long preparation period for the 2022 Games.

 - Šamorín, Slovakia all but Guaranteed 2022 World Equestrian Games

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The next WEG, in 2018, will take place in Tryon, North Carolina, beside the Blue Ridge Mountains after being moved from Bromont in Quebec, Canada due to financial issues. The Napoli Slovak Club had in fact put its name forward as a possible replacement for 2018 after hosting the 2015 European Endurance Championships and 2016 World Endurance Championship (again as a replacement after the event was withdrawn from initial host Dubai due to horse welfare issues).

As further reported by Cuckson, however, the Slovakian site — located near the country's capital of Bratislava not far from the border with Austria and Hungary — came under scrutiny “over the poor handling of an equine fatality at the endurance championships last September."

"The recent conclusions of an investigation by the FEI’s Equine Community Integrity Unit have led to the FEI requiring all organising committees to adopt more “stringent protocols” for the speedy transport of carcasses to a pathology facility," Cuckson continued, "The FEI said it had “in-depth” discussions with Šamorín about these oversights, which emerged after the UAE team horse Ajayeb broke her foreleg.” 

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