— Published 19 November 2020

United Arab Emirates remain suspended

During the health crisis, work continues for the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). They don’t pause. The Lausanne-based court announces that it has delivered its verdict in the dispute between the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) and the United Arab Emirates Equestrian Federation. It is in favour of the first. The UAE’s proceeding therefore remains suspended until the end of December. Recall the facts. Last September, the FEI announced its decision to suspend the UAE Riding Federation, following an investigation into two national endurance events held in January and February 2020, the Sheikh Mohammed Cup and the President. These two competitions should have been labeled as international endurance events, as their number of foreign athletes far exceeded the quota allowed for domestic events. The FEI therefore sanctioned its member federation, imposing a suspension until the end of the year, suspension extended until March 31, 2021 for the discipline of endurance. The UAE Federation has decided to appeal to the CAS. An appeal dismissed. All equestrian competitions therefore remain prohibited in the United Arab Emirates, and riders in the country cannot be entered in competitions, wherever they take place in the world. However, the CAS does not mention in its verdict the specific case of endurance, whose season should be able to resume in early January in the Emirates.