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Equestrian events moved to Hong Kong for Beijing Olympics
2005-07-10 06:56:00   Xinhuanet  


SINGAPORE, July 8, 2005 (Xinhuanet) -- Equestrian events at the 2008 Beijing Olympics will be staged in Hong Kong, China.

The decision was announced on Friday by the International Olympic Committee after talks between Games organizers and the International Equestrian Federation (FEI).

The organizers explained that moving the events was necessary because of "uncertainties of equine diseases and major difficulties in establishing a disease-free zone".

"I wish to thank both parties for having found a solution to a difficult problem," IOC president Jacques Rogge said. "Everyone would have wished the competition could have taken place in Beijing, but sanitary problems made this very difficult.

"I wish to thank the FEI for having shown a great support for the Olympic movement in agreeing to this relocation. The IOC will do everything to ensure the event is a great success."

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