Dropscore ved OL bortfalder fra 2020

På det internationale rideforbund, FEI’s, generalforsamling i Tokyo vedtog man natten til tirsdag et forslag til nye regler for de olympiske ridesportsdiscipliner – dressur, springning, military og paradressur. Det mest markante ved forslaget, der skal præsenteres for IOC, er, at holdene i holdkonkurrencerne fremover vil bestå af tre ekvipager frem for de nuværende fire. Det betyder, at den såkaldte dropscore, hvor dårligste resultat kan trækkes fra, bortfalder fra OL 2020 i Tokyo.

Forslaget kom til afstemning natten til tirsdag og blev vedtaget – kun 11 af 107 stemmer var imod forslaget om OL (dressur, springning og military), mens en national, England, var imod forslaget vedrørende PL. Se detaljer om afstemning og forslag her.

Rytternes reaktioner
Cian O’Conner, Irland (facebook): “Why would Horse Sport Ireland not seek the riders’ views on proposed Olympic Format changes?? Then when the view was given by the riders the HSI delegate voted the opposite way- who mandated him?? Lip service and placating is part of the reason that we have not qualified a team for three Olympic Games and now amateurs are running the sport at High Performance level in Ireland which I personally will not stand for. These rule changes will effect people in the future and will make it almost impossible for young riders to break through.”

Rodrigo Pessoa, Brasilien (interview Noelle Floyd): “It is a bit self-centered for sure, but there is no guarantee that the changes will give us what we need. The stands were full in London and yet we were still downgraded from a four-star Olympic sport to a three-star Olympic sport. I would like to ask how that works.

If our sport is downgraded after such attendance at the London 2012 Olympics than we have to ask if the commercial side of things is being done properly. Are the FEI doing their job? Team elimination is a factor for all sports but we have a living animal we are working with so we have a unique factor to take into account. People work their whole life to get to the Olympics, so to have a team member “drop the baton” and eliminate the whole team makes things harder for us.

Our sport is not harder but it is as hard as any other Olympic sport. Our job is already difficult — they need to give us a break. Three riders on a team will reduce the room for error and it will make our job even harder. What people don’t understand is this new format won’t change the dominant countries but it could reduce the overall quality of performance at the international level. You cannot level the sport from the bottom, it must come from the top.”

Eric Lamaza, Canada (interview Horse Network): “While at the Rio Olympics, a meeting was called with the Canadian show jumping athletes present to discuss the proposed changes. It is hard to get all of the riders to agree on something but, on this point, the riders in Rio were unanimous; we were all against it. Given the outcome of our meeting, it comes as a complete shock that Canada voted in favour of the proposed change to three-man teams. What the Canadian federation went forward with was not the wish of the Canadian show jumping riders, as per our meeting in Rio.

I accept the fact that our vote would not have changed the outcome, but we made a decision and believe that our voices should have been heard. For the Canadian federation to change its vote without notifying or consulting the athletes is wrong, in my opinion. This was not the riders’ choice, and this is not what was presented to us in Rio. Given the success we’ve had under the current format, it makes no sense for Canada to vote in favour of changing to three-man teams. We experienced some of the most exciting team competition of any sport at the Rio Olympics, and gained many new fans. The current format works, and I want to make it clear that we believe the new format is not good for our sport on many different levels. I am extremely disappointed, and feel that our national federation did not appropriately represent or respect the wishes of its athletes.”

Dansk opbakning om ændringerne
Gennem de seneste to år har arbejdsgrupper i både FEI og det europæiske rideforbund EEF arbejdet med forslag til, hvordan reglerne for de olympiske og paralympiske ridesportsdiscipliner kan tilpasses, så ridesporten bliver lettere forståelig og mere publikums- og medievenlig. Arbejdet er mundet ud flere konkrete forslag, der samlet kom til afstemning og blev vedtaget på FEI’s generalforsamling i Tokyo den 22. november. Det mest markante i forslaget er, at holdene reduceres fra fire til tre ekvipager, hvorved dropscoren bortfalder – sagt med andre ord er der ikke plads til fejl, for alle resultater tæller, og skulle en ekvipage udgå, er holdet ude af holdkonkurrencen. Dansk Ride Forbunds formand Ulf Helgstrand, der ledede dressur-arbejdsgruppen under EFF, har på generalforsamlingen udtrykt stor opbakning til forslaget.

Vi skal have begejstring og bredere repræsentation fra flere nationer, og vi skal have gjort vores sport lettere forståelig. I hvilken anden sport kan du opleve, at en diskvalificeret atlet kan få en OL-medalje? Med de nye regler vil spændingen med et blive øget markant, hvis eksempelvis en af favoritnationerne fejler.”

Tyskland, som er en af ridesportens top-nationer, var imod forslaget om end det tyske forbunds generalsekretær Soenke Lauterbach gjorde det klart, at man vil respektere den demokratiske proces.

Vi har forståelse for ønsket om en bredere repræsentation ved OL og PL, men der bør samtidig være en balance med kerneværdierne i vores sport, hvor vi har topatleter, topsport og høje krav til hestevelfærden. Vi føler ikke at konceptet med tre atleter per hold balancerer med dette, og derfor stemmer vi nej til forslaget, men vi vil acceptere beslutningen.”

FEI’s formand Ingmar de Vos sagde inden afstemningen.

Vores sport er repræsenteret af 134 nationer, og det er korrekt, at ikke alle kan være med på eliteplan. Men udviklingen af sporten gennem de seneste årtier og anbefalingerne i den olympiske agenda for 2020 forpligter os til at fokusere på at øge antallet af deltagende nationer indenfor det eksisterende deltagerantal.”

Tidsplanen for forslaget vil være som følger:
Februar 2017: Forslaget præsenteres for IOC’s bestyrelse
Maj 2017: IOC’s Program-kommission vil give deres anbefalinger til IOC’s bestyrelse
Juli 2017: IOC’s bestyrelse vil træffe beslutninger
November 2017: FEI’s generalforsamling vil færdigbehandle forslaget om fremtidige kvalifikationsprocedurer

Kilde: rideforbund.dk, FEI, noellefloyd.com, horsenetwork.com

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