Joop van Uytert, the owner of dressage rider Dinja van Liere’s horse, has issued an ultimatum to the FEI. If the international equestrian sports federation does not enter into its administrative system before 5 p.m. Monday that he is a Dutch national and not a German, he will start a follow-up procedure, at the sports tribunal CAS or the civil court in the Netherlands.
His lawyer Luc Schelstraete said this in response to the CAS’s decision not to honor a preliminary injunction. The KNHS equestrian association had requested this after the FEI announced that the horse Hermès cannot compete with Van Liere at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, because Van Uytert is registered as a German. The FEI made this mistake itself when digitizing its administration, but Van Liere and the KNHS should have checked whether the correct nationality is registered, according to the international equestrian association.
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Schelstraete, who says that the KNHS will start a follow-up procedure with him, calls the CAS’s decision not to honor an interim injunction “very disappointing”. According to him, a follow-up procedure against the FEI is justified, because Van Liere, Van Uytert and the Dutch dressage team suffer damage due to the error of the FEI. “The FEI has been sloppy and abused its position of power,” he says. “They now have the opportunity to correct their mistake retroactively.”
Dressage national coach Alex van Silfhout will announce his team for ‘Tokyo’ this Monday. He showed up yesterday NRC know that Van Liere had a good chance of going to Tokyo as number three, together with Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhoud.