Princess Haya to stand for re-election after FEI amends statutes

Princess Haya bint Al Hussein has signalled her intention to stand for re-election as president of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) after the governing body voted in favour of amending statutes to allow presidents to serve three consecutive four-year terms.

The vote, which took place today (Tuesday) at the FEI Extraordinary General Assembly (EGA) in Lausanne, Switzerland, saw 103 national associations vote in favour of the amendment, while just three voted against the proposal. There was also a vote in favour of applying the same terms to all FEI Bureau members.

Princess Haya had been due to stand down as president in December this year at the end of her current term after serving two four-year terms. However, today’s result will allow her to stand for a third consecutive four-year term in office.

Princess Haya said: “I always felt that when people are given a responsibility, given faith and given belief they are given an opportunity to do well in their lives and that’s what you’ve always given to me. I’m very honoured for the opportunity you’ve given me to be available as a future president of the FEI for a third term. I don’t want to go further than that today because I do believe there’s the possibility that there’ll be other candidates and I believe they should be given the opportunity to come forward. But at the same time you have my commitment to you.”

The FEI presidential election will take place at the General Assembly in December. The FEI Bureau will decide upon the application period for candidates during its in-person meeting on June 9-10. Swiss entrepreneur Pierre Genecand recently declared his candidacy for the role and has received support from the Swiss Federation for Equestrian Sports.

The FEI EGA also unanimously supported the creation of an FEI Olympic Council, which will serve as a more permanent liaison between the FEI and members of the Olympic Family with an equestrian background to protect the sport’s place in the Olympic programme. The Council, which will be chaired by the FEI president, will include all IOC members and honorary members with an equestrian background, as well as the chairs of the FEI jumping, dressage, and eventing Committees, the FEI secretary general and other representatives invited by the FEI president.