Lausanne (SUI), June 26, 2020 — The FEI General Assembly 2020, which was due to be held in Johannesburg (RSA) in November, has been cancelled and will now be held online due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements and travel restrictions.
The decision was approved by the FEI Board during its three-day videoconference meeting this week. The Board also gave its unanimous support to allocate the 2021 FEI General Assembly to Johannesburg.
With the pandemic legally defined as “force majeure” in Switzerland, the country’s Federal government has adopted ad hoc temporary measures to facilitate the organisation of General Assembly meetings for Swiss based associations like the FEI.
Under these special regulations, the FEI is permitted to hold its General Assembly electronically. Other large international gatherings, including next month’s IOC Session, will also be held online.
The FEI is currently considering a number of electronic solutions for running the General Assembly online and will communicate these to National Federations in due course.
Next year’s General Assembly will be the first time that an international equestrian gathering on this scale will be held in South Africa. “2021 is the centenary of the FEI, and we feel privileged that our event will form part of the 100-year celebrations,” said Willem Edeling, President of the National Federation of South Africa.