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Asian Equestrian Federation Signs Memorandum of Understanding with FEI

(Left to right) Sabrina Ibáñez, FEI Secretary General and FEI President Ingmar De Vos are pictured with Mr Sang Jin Park, Asian Equestrian Federation (AEF) President, Korea National Federation President and President of Samsung Electronics and Mr Sunny Hwang, Secretary General of the AEF, Vice President of the Korea National Federation and Vice President & Head of Global Sports Marketing at Samsung Electronics at the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between the AEF and FEI in Seoul (KOR).

Lausanne (SUI), 7 July 2016 – The Asian Equestrian Federation (AEF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the FEI, the world governing body for equestrian sport.

The AEF, founded in 1978 in Bangkok (THA), is headquartered in Seoul (KOR) and has 34 member National Federations.

“We are delighted to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the FEI, reinforcing our vital bilateral collaboration,” said Mr Sang Jin Park, Asian Equestrian Federation President, Korea National Federation President and President of Samsung Electronics.

“We have today discussed practical methods to promote and develop equestrian sports in Asia, and have reaffirmed the need to strengthen the role of the AEF as a representative of its 34 National Federation members.

“We look forward to attracting further high profile international equestrian events to Korea and the Asian continent working closely with the FEI.”

Hundreds of international equestrian events will take place across the Asian continent this year, and in 2018 in Jakarta (IND) equestrian sport will celebrate its ninth appearance at the Asian Games, also known as the Asiad, which are held every four years in the middle of the Olympic Games cycle.

“Equestrian sport has developed tremendously in Asia over the last decade, but this is just the beginning. The Asian continent represents a huge opportunity for equestrian sport to broaden its footprint, and the FEI is working hand in hand with the AEF and its National Federation members to make this happen,” FEI President Ingmar De Vos said.

“The biggest challenge is facilitating transportation of horses across borders. It is therefore important that we continue our efforts with the World Organisation for Animal Health [OIE] to make our High Health High Performance [HHP] horse concept operational.

“Over the next five years, major sporting events including a number of 5* competitions, and of course the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, will be hosted in Asia. The FEI is looking forward to further developing our sport as part of this new and closer cooperation with the AEF, creating more opportunities for high profile equestrian events to be staged across the Asian continent and having more Asian athletes competing in our top competitions.”

MOU overview:

The FEI decided in 2012 to use Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) to better define its relationship with the different stakeholders. The MOUs cover universal issues such as FEI recognition, FEI Rules and Regulations, horse welfare, code of ethics, commitment to democratic processes, consultation, FEI General Assembly, FEI Sports Forum and meetings, governing law, dispute resolution, communication, and implementation. MOUs have already been signed with WHW, organisers and officials. Although recognition by the FEI does not entail voting rights at the FEI General Assembly, the MOUs formalise the relationship with the FEI, giving a voice to organisations working with the FEI in the development of equestrian sport.

Asian Equestrian Federation (AEF): http://asianef.org

FEI Media Contacts:

Ruth Grundy
Manager Press Relations
Email: ruth.grundy@fei.org
Tel: +41 787 506 145

In Memoriam: General OP Malhotra, PVSM, (IND) 1922-2015

Lausanne (SUI), 6 January 2016 – General Om Prakash (OP) Malhotra, PVSM (Retd), former President of the Equestrian Federation of India (EFI), a founding member and former President of the Asian Equestrian Federation (AEF) and former Chief of Army Staff, Indian Army has passed away at his home in Gurgaon. He was 93.

General Malhotra was President of the Equestrian Federation of India (EFI) for almost nine years. A keen sportsman, his contribution, guidance and dedication to the sport will always be remembered by the equestrian community.

General Malhotra was commissioned in the Artillery Regiment in November 1941. He was honoured with the Param Vishist Seva Medal (PVSM) in 1976 for outstanding services to the nation and the Indian Army. He was Vice Chief of Staff before taking over as Chief of Staff of the Indian Army in May 1978, serving in that post for three years. He was an Honorary Senior Colonel Commandant of the Indian Army Artillery Regiment, as well as an Honorary General of the Nepalese Army.

General Malhotra retired after 40 years of distinguished military service in May 1981. He then went on to serve as the Indian Ambassador to Indonesia from 1981-1984 and was Governor of Punjab from December 1990 to August 1991.

“Equestrian society in Asia has lost a truly great friend with the passing of General Malhotra,” said Ho Nai Yue, Chair of FEI Regional Group VIII.

“We really appreciate the impact General Malhotra has had on our equestrian community and the contribution he made over the years,” FEI President Ingmar de Vos said. “The sport has lost one of its greatest friends, enthusiasts and supporters. He will be sadly missed, but his reputation will live on for generations to come.”

General Malhotra is survived by his wife Saroj Malhotra and two children. His son, Ajai Malhotra, an Indian diplomat, has served as Ambassador of India to the Russian Federation, Kuwait, Romania and Moldova, and is a former Deputy Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations in New York.

A service was held for General Malhotra at Chinmayananda Mission, New Delhi on 1 January 2016.

The FEI expresses its sincere condolences to General Malhotra’s family, the Indian Equestrian Federation, the Asian Equestrian Federation, as well as his many friends in the equestrian community.

FEI Media contacts:

Shannon Gibbons
Manager Press Relations
+41 78 750 61 46

Ruth Grundy
Manager Press Relations
Email: ruth.grundy@fei.org
Tel: +41 787 506 145