A new date for the CHIO Rotterdam?

07 April 2021Author : Lea Tchilinguirian

The board of CHIO Rotterdam investigates in close cooperation with FEI, KNHS, the City of Rotterdam and other stakeholders if the international equestrian event, initially scheduled for June June 24-27, can be rescheduled to July 1-4, 2021.

"This date, one week later, will accommodate us better to organize a COVID-19 proof event", says Ron Voskuilen, general director of CHIO Rotterdam. "We receive feedback from riders and federations that there is a need for observation times with regards to the Olympics in Tokyo later this year. With this new date the CHIO Rotterdam will be in time to allow countries to select and announce their teams before the official deadline of July 5th."

 "This is a very complex puzzle where COVID-19 continuously forces us to change our plans and is requiring a lot of flexibility by everyone involved, such as our suppliers, sponsors, riders and the organization", says Theo de Rooij, president of CHIO Rotterdam. "I sincerely hope this new date will enhance the chances for having the 72nd CHIO Rotterdam this year and that we will not face another emergency preventing us to have international equestrian sports in Rotterdam."

For the time being, there is no question of a change in the competition program. The CHIO Rotterdam is one of the most important high-level equestrian event with five-star show jumping and dressage in The Netherlands. For this new edition, both disciplines will be presented.

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AuthorLea Tchilinguirian