Statement Following Mandatory Investigation into Fatal Accident at the 15th Asian Games

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Following the fatal accident, involving Mr Kim Hyung-Chil (KOR), which occurred yesterday 7 December 2006 during the Eventing competition at the 15th Asian Games in Doha (QAT), a full mandatory investigation was conducted.A report from the Technical Delegate for Eventing, Andrew Griffiths (GBR), examining all aspects of the tragedy in respect to the course and conditions was presented. Reporting together with Oliver Holberg (GER), technical footing expert appointed by the Doha Asian Games Organising Committee (DAGOC) and the FEI, Mr Griffiths stated:“The 11th competitor, Mr Hyung Chil Kim of Korea, fell at the eighth obstacle on the Cross Country Course during the second day of the Eventing competition. At the time of the accident, weather conditions were stable, and it was not raining.“The footing on the approach and the landing for the entire course was checked by me as Technical Delegate and Oliver Holberg, technical footing expert appointed by DAGOC and the FEI. Mr Holberg is also the footing expert for the course of the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong and one of the most respected footing experts in the world.“Obstacle 8 measured 1.08 meters and was one of the smallest on the course. It was a straight-forward ascending fence built of solid material, which is normally considered a non-problematic, relatively easy fence.“Mr Kim, 47 years old, was a very experienced rider and had represented Korea in previous Olympics and Asian Games.“The horse approached the obstacle and essentially got too close to the jump before taking off, resulting in a somersault type of fall with the full weight of the horse landing on top of the rider on the other side of the fence. The rider was probably dead on impact. The horse sustained only minor injuries.“The emergency services were on hand immediately and every effort was made to help the rider, but unfortunately, nothing could be done.“In my professional opinion, neither the weather nor the footing had any bearing on this accident. No blame can be assigned to any individual factor. This is just a tragic accident that happens in our sport from time to time.An independent ad hoc inquiry committee consisting of Olympic gold medallist, Andrew Hoy (AUS), Course Designer Pierre Michelet (FRA), footing expert Oliver Holberg, and Grand Jury President Nicoli Fife (NZL) concurred with the above opinions.”The FEI is deeply distressed by the accident and expresses its condolences to the rider’s family and the Korean nation. SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email*last_img