The FEI has set an unexpectedly late September deadline for nominations for the presidency of the world governing body for equestrian sport.
Candidates, who need to have the backing of respective national federations, must have their paperwork in with the FEI in Lausanne, Switzerland, by September 1.
The FEI said the application process officially started on Tuesday. It followed the decision taken during the FEI Bureau’s monthly teleconference.
To date, one candidate has declared his intention to stand. Pierre Genecand has the backing of the Swiss federation.
The incumbent, Princess Haya, has yet to declare whether she will seek a third four-year term, after member nations voted overwhelmingly at an Extraordinary General Assembly in April to allow presidents to serve a third term.
Following the vote, the princess assured delegates that she was listening and hinted at a strong interest in seeking re-election, but did not state outright that she would stand again.
Candidates are requested to send a motivation letter and a completed FEI curriculum vitae form, signed off by the candidate’s national federation, to FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos.
Additionally, and in order to align the application process, the bureau has extended the deadline for all other open positions on the FEI Bureau and technical committees, with the exception of the Athletes Committee, until September 1.
The FEI Nominations Committee will vet all received applications during its meeting in Lausanne on September 11.
The June 1 deadline for the FEI Athletes Committee elections remains unchanged.
The bureau has also changed the venue for the FEI General Assembly from Dubai to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, in order to avoid holding the presidential election in the country of a potential candidate.
The bureau thanked to the Equestrian Federation of Azerbaijan for its invitation and co-operation. The dates for the General Assembly, December 11-14, remain unchanged.
The presidential election is set for December 14.