From Baborówko to Tokyo 2020

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FEI General Assembly in Bahrain has announced that an eventing qualifier for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo will be played out during Baborówko Equestrian Festival. For athletes from C group, that includes countries from Central and East Europe, it is one of the two opportunities to qualify for the Olympics. 

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Oliver Townend (GBR) and Cillnabradden Evo, photo: M&R Photo

 

We were determined to get the opportunity to organize the Olympic qualification, because we believe that it creates a big chance for the Polish athletes to get to the Olympic Games and create a team. The last time that happened was at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta- says Henryk Święcicki jr, the director of the show- Such a decision from the FEI is a great honour for us, validating the high level of the organisation of shows in Baborówko- he adds. For the athletes from C group, another opportunity to qualify for the Olympics is FEI Nations Cup Final 2019.

 

The qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be played out in Baborówko as the CCIO4*-L class. In the cross-country trial for this class, the athletes will have to finish a 6000m distance in the course of 10minutes, overcoming almost 40 fences.

 

Within the team classification of the CCIO4*-L class during Baborówko Equestrian Festival, the athletes will compete for the individual qualification to the Olympics, and the right to compete will only be granted to the best team.

 

Once again we will have the opportunity to witness the best athletes compete not only for the Olympic qualification. Thanks to the support of the Patron of the event- Mr. Roman Roszkiewicz, the prize money at Baborówko Equestrian Festival will once again reach ca. 100 000 EUR.

 

From the 23rd to the 26th of May 2019, at Baborówko Equestrian Festival, apart from the CCIO4*-L class, athletes will also compete in the CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S classes, and the CCIYH2*-S class for young horses. The organisers are preparing an additional programme for the audiences, and as every year, admission is free.

 

Eventing is one of the three equestrian Olympic disciplines (along with dressage and showjumping), which the audience will have the opportunity to watch at Japan’s capital. The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo will take place from the 24th of July until the 9th of August 2020.