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Volume 10 No. 22
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Equestrian Federations Agree On Format Changes For 2020 Tokyo Games

World equestrian chiefs "have voted in favour of proposed format changes for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo," according to the IRISH TIMES. Under the new proposals -- which now go forward to IOC exec board members for approval next year -- "team numbers in the Olympic equestrian disciplines of dressage, eventing and showjumping will be reduced from four to three per nation, with no discard score." Existing rules meant that the worst-performing team rider "would have their score discounted and not impact the overall team total." Eleven national equestrian federations out of 107 represented at the general assembly of the Int'l Equestrian Foundation in Tokyo "voted against the changes, including Germany, France, Holland and New Zealand." Voting on proposed "sport-specific changes proved unanimous." These include "eventing’s dressage phase being reduced from two days to one, while dressage team medals will be decided solely through results in the grand prix special test and no longer a combination of grand prix and grand prix special scores." Great Britain, meanwhile, was "the solitary national federation to vote against Paralympic format changes" (IRISH TIMES, 11/22).