IOC President pays tribute to FEI President HRH Princess Haya

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IOC President Thomas Bach today paid tribute to HRH Princess Haya at the 127th IOC Session in Monaco, presenting the FEI President with the Trophy of the International Olympic Committee.

FEI President HRH Princess Haya received the Trophy of the International Olympic Committee from the IOC President Thomas Bach at the 127th Session of IOC in Monaco today (IOC/Ian Jones)

“HRH Princess Haya has continued to develop equestrian sport throughout the world, modernising it and making it more accessible to more people." IOC President Thomas Bach

IOC President Thomas Bach today paid tribute to HRH Princess Haya at the 127th IOC Session in Monaco, presenting the FEI President with the Trophy of the International Olympic Committee.

The unique trophy is in recognition of Princess Haya’s exemplary commitment to sport, its values and the Olympic Movement during her seven years as an IOC Member, her eight years as FEI President and a lifetime in sport.

“To thank you for your role and your dedication to sport and Olympism, I would like to award you the Trophy of the International Olympic Committee with all our respect and all your recognition for your great work,” IOC President Thomas Bach in his presentation speech.

“Her Royal Highness Princess Haya has been involved in sport since childhood. Since then she has devoted her life to sport and in particular to equestrian sport. She was the first Arab woman to compete in equestrian events at the continental, world and Olympic levels. She won a bronze medal at the 1992 Pan-Arab Games before taking part in the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000 where she was also the flag bearer of Team Jordan.

“In 2006, Haya became President of the International Equestrian Federation at a very young age and was re-elected in 2010. During her presidency, she has continued to develop equestrian sport throughout the world, modernising it and making it more accessible to more people.

“Since 2007, within the IOC, she has played a very very active role, even before becoming an IOC member, serving on various IOC commissions: Athletes’, Culture and Olympic Education, International Relations, Entourage, Women and Sport, and Marketing.

“Through her commitment, enthusiasm, drive and courage, HRH Princess Haya is an example and inspiration to many women in her country, in her region and a great encouragement for many people.”

HRH Princess Haya steps down after two terms as FEI President at the FEI General Assembly in Baku (AZE) on Sunday 14 December, following her decision not to stand for a third term. Her successor, the 14th FEI President, will be elected by the FEI General Assembly on Sunday.

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