Paperwork delays could stymie Olympic equestrian events – official

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Aerial shots of the Olympic Equestrian Centre at Deodoro taken at the beginning of July. Photo: Renato Sette Camara / City Hall of Rio de Janeiro
Aerial shots of the Olympic Equestrian Centre at Deodoro taken at the beginning of July. Photo: Renato Sette Camara / City Hall of Rio de Janeiro

The head of the Brazilian Equestrian Confederation has voiced his frustration over delays in documents being issued by the country’s Agriculture Ministry, suggesting it could ultimately jeopardize Olympic equestrian events being held there.

Luiz Roberto Giugni’s concerns reportedly center on documentation needed to allow Olympic horses to return home to Europe, the United States, and Canada.

Giugni warned that equestrian events might have to be held outside Brazil unless the ministry dealt with the delays, suggesting the agency had to act before the end of October.

“We run the risk of not having the event in Brazil,” he is reported as saying in Sao Paulo.

Officials in Brazil have instituted a range of biosecurity measures ahead of the Olympics next year. The Deodoro Olympic equestrian venue, Rio de Janeiro Airport and the corridor in between have been set up as a separate biosecurity region to minimise the disease risk to horses.

The zone is designed to allow the safe passage of horses to the Games venue and then back to their countries of origin.

Implementation of the zone involves the removal of all horses from the Deodoro venue 180 days before the Games. This was also done in the lead-up to a test event there earlier this year.

The biosecurity requirements are necessary because several horse diseases are endemic in the region, including glanders, a dangerous bacterial infection.

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