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Beijing wants to move equestrian events
Updated: 2005-04-13 11:52

Beijing organizers want to move equestrian events at the 2008 Olympics to Hong Kong, about 2,000 kilometers from the host city.

The organizers submitted the proposal to the International Equestrian Federation, citing the risk of equine diseases and problems with quarantine regulations in the capital city.

The international federation, known as FEI, opposes relocation. The issue will come up before the International Olympic Committee executive board in Berlin next week.

However, Hong Kong Olympic chief Timothy Fok said Hong Kong was willing to host the event.

The proposed venue for the Olympic equestrian competition is the Sha Tin racecourse and surrounding Penfold Park.

The equestrian events have been scheduled for the Beijing Country Equestrian Park in northern Beijing, 35 kilometers from the Olympic Village.

When Melbourne hosted the 1956 Olympics, equestrian events were held in Sweden because of quarantine restrictions in Australia.

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