WEG 2022- They Think It's All Over... It Is Now.

The opening ceremny at WEG 2018 is likely to be the last
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Sunday 18 November - 09h18 | Lulu Kyriacou

WEG 2022- They Think It's All Over... It Is Now.

It has been discussed for years,  and finally, after the disappointing renewal in 2018 at Tryon, USA, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI)  announced at thir General Assembly in Bahrain yesterday, that they are abandoning plans for a World Equestrian Games (WEG) in 2022, and probably  forever.  

The FEI have twice opened bids  to host the multi-discipline championship  and finally admitted  yesterday that no realistic  tenders had been submitted and that they would be looking to start the process for disciplines to host individual championships.  The huge cost of hosting WEG and the logistical difficulties involved,  even when money is available,  have finally sounded the death knell for the multi discipline  idea, which was originally put forward as a one off,  to highlight equestrian sport and bring it to new audiences. 

​By 2002, when the championships were held Jerez, Spain,  the cost had ben described as 'obscene' by that country's leader  and has resulted in two late relocations of the Games after the original hosts pulled out (Punchestown and Bromont).  Finding a venue capable of hosting just the three Olympic disciplines  has proved difficult enough without adding the extra  ground  needed for an endurance course,  and separate arena's for reining, which needs a different type of surface that is too loose to also be used for jumping. Both of these disciplines are already highlighted as the most likely to be dropped if WEG is reinstated in the future.

​The FEI will open bids for  individual events in February 2019  and announce the allocatio of each at next year's General Assembly

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