International Equestrian Federation elects De Vos as new President

December 16, 2014 6:28 am 

BAKU, Dec. 15 — Belgium's Ingmar De Vos has been elected as the President of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) to replace outgoing leader Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein.

De Vos, who had served as the FEI's secretary general since May 2011, won an overwhelming victory in the first round of voting to defeat his three European rivals, Swiss businessman and horse breeder Pierre Genecand, FEI first vice-president John McEwen and French Olympic show jumping champion Pierre Durand.

His 98 votes out of a possible 131 at the FEI General Assembly in Baku see him becoming the first non-royal President of the FEI since 1954.

He will start his four-year term following the conclusion of the General Assembly and also announced he will resign as secretary general Sunday, appointing an interim member of staff, current FEI director of governance and executive affairs Sabrina Zeender, to take over the role until a permanent replacement is found. (PNA/Xinhua)



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