Swiss candidate maintains bid for FEI presidency

Pierre Genecand
Pierre Genecand

Swiss businessman Pierre Genecand says he will continue his bid for the presidency of the FEI, following a vote last week by member nations that opened the door for the incumbent, Princess Haya, to seek a third term.

Genecand, 64, who has the backing of the Swiss Equestrian Federation, said in an open letter released today: “I would like to confirm that I am maintaining my candidacy submitted on February 17, 2014, and which had been officially registered by the FEI.

“The road is still long until the elections; 2014 will be a year of major sporting deadlines.

“I am enthusiastically pursuing my election campaign throughout the world on the occasion of my numerous trips.

“I am deeply convinced that I could bring a renewed energy to the FEI in many aspects, be it in sports, commercial matters or media promotion, not to mention the welfare of the horse.”

Member nations voted last Tuesday by 103-3 to extend the maximum tenure of the president from three four-year terms to three.

The decision provides Princess Haya with the option of standing again.

Following the vote, she voiced her commitment to the role and indicated strong interest. However, she has yet to formally declare her candidacy.

Nominations for the role are not expected to close until June or July.

The new president will be elected at the FEI General Assembly, set for Dubai in mid-December.

Genecand, with a passion for polo and a background in finance and management, spends most of his time between Switzerland and South America, where he breeds horses in Argentina.

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