The Israeli jumping team secured qualification for the Olympics two years ago, but the team will have to travel to Tokyo next month without Daniel Bluman. A registration problem with the FEI for his mare Gemma (Luidam x Unaniem) means the rider’s Olympic dream has gone up in smoke. “I think the FEI and riders should work together for the sport, but I didn’t feel that way during my first experience with the FEI. A registration problem with the FEI of our mare Gemma and the huge opposition from the FEI legal department, crushed my dream of being in Tokyo. I am extremely disappointed in the FEI, especially Mrs Powers, who led the legal proceedings against me. I feel disrespected and I have been treated as if I were a liar.” The FEI says it understands the disappointment, but does not recognise Bluman’s comments. Spokesperson Shannon Gibbons said: “It is unfortunate that he missed the deadline to ensure his horse met the nationality requirements set for the Tokyo Olympics, despite clear reminders from the FEI prior to the deadline. This rule is based on fairness and transparency and is not a mere formality. The rule leaves no room for exceptions and should be applied consistently to all national federations, athletes and horses to ensure a level playing field. Mr Bluman had every right to be heard and all his legal rights were respected at all times. He was given an expedited hearing before the FEI Tribunal and his request for interim relief before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was also expedited. Mr Bluman’s request to the CAS to suspend the provisional measures was rejected on 30 June 2021.”
Photo: Daniel Bluman Daniel (ISR) and Ladriano Z during the 2019 European Championship Jumping, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
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