International Equestrian Federation unveils new online hub for Games
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
July 18 - With London 2012 just over a week away, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has launched a new online hub dedicated to the Olympics and Paralympics.
This summer's Games are particularly significant for the sport as they mark the 100th anniversary of equestrian's inclusion on the Olympic programme.
The new website (pictured top), fei.org/Olympic, features a history section exploring in detail every edition of the Games.
Summaries, complete results, statistics and photos of the sport during the Olympics over the years are included on this section.
It is a fascinating tool for sports historians interested in equestrian's development since Stockholm 1912, through two world wars and through the expansion of the Games.
The history of equestrian at the Paralympic Games since its inclusion on the programme in 1996 can also be viewed.
All technical information around the Olympics with links to schedules and results, as well as news and photos, will also be available.
"Each Olympics and Paralympics bring new achievements and the ever changing horizon of sporting enterprise, and we greet each new experience with anticipation and expectation," said FEI President Princess Haya.
"But the Games are not only about the here and now and what is to come.
"They are also about what has been achieved, what limitations have been exceeded and what barriers broken, what records have been set and what heights of endeavour have been scaled."
The FEI have also announced the competitors for the Olympics.
Some 200 athletes will compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games between August 2 and 9 at Greenwich Park, representing 40 countries.
The full list has been finalised by the FEI, with dressage overtaking eventing as the second biggest discipline this summer.
Seven nations – hosts Britain, Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United States – all have teams in each discipline.
Britain, Germany and the Netherlands have the maximum number of 13 riders going to London.
Another 78 riders will compete in the Paralympic equestrian from August 30 to September 4 at the same location.
The nominated list of athletes for the Paralympics has also been confirmed by the FEI after the conclusion of the period to qualify for the para-dressage, the only equestrian event at the Games.
National Paralympic Committees now have until August 6 to submit their final entries for London 2012.