The Irish Horse Sports Ireland Association has announced an independent referee’s decision in his favor regarding the Irish Olympic dress team.
The Irish Federation dropped out of first place at the Olympic Games in Tokyo due to a lack of riders to meet the minimum performance set by the Federation of Dressage or Director of Dressage High Performance (DPHD) Johan Hinnemann. To join the team. This low performance is higher than the FEI’s requirement to participate in the Olympic Games.
Dane Rawlins and James Connor, two affected riders, protested the decision – the first in history – after it was announced that Horse Sport Ireland would not send a team to Tokyo despite qualifying.
As the association states in its declaration, an independent mediator has now dealt with the matter. All parties listened and then made a decision. It reads: “All the elements mentioned in the nomination guidelines have been scrutinized by the DHPD very carefully.” Accordingly, the decision was confirmed and there will be no Irish team in Tokyo.
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