The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are still nine months away, but the excitement is ramping up. With the conclusion of the 2019 FEI Eventing Nations Cup, the final tickets have been decided for the countries, but there is still a lot more to do before next summer. The eventing will take place from Friday, July 31 to Monday, August 3 in Tokyo, Japan. Typically eventing is the first equestrian discipline, but this year it will be the second with dressage coming first and jumping last.
With optimizing performance in challenging climatic conditions high on the agenda during the numerous Ready Steady Tokyo test events, the FEI had already put in place a major research study aimed at identifying best practices and management of horses training and competing in hot and humid environments.
Germany’s Michael Jung, Olympic Eventing champion in London 2012 and again in Rio 2016, has already claimed gold in Tokyo one year out from the Olympic Games after taking the honors with Fischerwild Wave at the Ready Steady Tokyo test event which wrapped up here at the Equestrian Park today.
Australia’s triple Olympic team gold medalist Andrew Hoy galloped his way into the top spot with Bloom Des Hauts Crets after today’s cross-country, when rising heat and humidity provided a perfect environment to test the onsite cooling facilities for the equine and human athletes.
Japan’s Yoshiaki Oiwa is no stranger to success, having claimed double gold at last year’s Asian Games in Jakarta (INA), and the three-time Olympian has put down a strong marker for the home side by taking the early lead after today’s dressage phase at the Ready Steady Tokyo test event.
Next month’s Ready Steady Tokyo equestrian test event, which runs from August 12-14, boasts a truly world-class field, including reigning Olympic champion and multi-medalled German athlete Michael Jung. The 17 athletes from four nations – Japan, Germany, Australia, and Great Britain – have between them amassed an incredible tally of 74 medals at Olympic, world, and continental Games and Championships.
China, Thailand, and Poland secured their equestrian team tickets to next summer’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at special eventing qualifiers held in Saumur (FRA) and Baborówko (POL) over the weekend.
The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) announced that they will be closely monitoring all horse-and-rider combinations competing at the four- and five-star level to ensure that they are adhering to the rules regarding rest periods between competitions in the lead-up to the Olympic Games next year.
The FEI President has welcomed today’s confirmation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that equestrian sport will be in the Olympic program for the 2024 Games and approval of the Olympic formats submitted by the FEI for the Tokyo 2020 Games.
In yesterday’s historic vote, the FEI General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of the proposed format changes to the Olympic Games, including limiting nations to a three-member team. These changes will now go to the IOC Executive Board for final approval in 2017.