• 15/12/2014
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    New FEI President is Ingmar De Vos from Belgium


    Last Sunday, Ingmar De Vos from Belgium was elected President of the FEI (International Equestrian Federation) during the first round of votes. As the majority winner, he obtained 98 of the possible 131 votes.

    De Vos, who is 51, has been the General Secretary of the FEI since May of 2011, when he was elected at the General Assembly held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

    The result was announced by Princess Haya (of Jordan), the departing president who has governed for the past eight years and who decided not to run for re-election. "I am honored and surprised by such ample support,” stated De Vos, "and I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for you confidence,” added the new President.

    Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), sent his congratulations to the new leader. "The IOC has a long-standing relationship with the FEI, and we are sure that the FEI will continue to grow under his leadership. On behalf of the IOC and in my own name, I would like to congratulate him.”

    De Vos begins a four-year term and may be re-elected to a maximum of three consecutive tenures. The other candidates included Pierre Durand from France who received 21 votes, Pierre Genecand from Switzerland earned 6 votes, as did John McEwen from Britain. Ulf Helgstrand from Denmark renounced his candidacy prior to the voting, while Javier Revuelta del Peral abandoned the election process in November.
  • Source — ANCCE — 15/12/2014