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In the part: "Therefore invitations must be granted to the top 25 athletes for CSI4* competitions and to the top 15 athletes for CSI3* competitions in descending order of the ranking"....

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What are the new rules? How do these new rules differ from the previous rules?

Recently there has been commotion around the new CSI Invitation System that has gone into effect. Mainly Stephex’ Stephan Conter has expressed his concerns in an open letter to the FEI, which has been shared far and wide on social media by other show organisers, riders, sponsors and other show jumping enthusiasts. But what exactly do these new rules entail? And what did the previous rules state?

2016 CSI Invitation Rules

https://inside.fei.org/sites/default/files/FEI%20Rules/CSI%20Invitation%20Rules_JRs-Annex-V.pdf

The 2016 CSI Invitation Rules only expressed limitations for three-, four-, and five-star shows.

Three- and four-star events in Europe

Let’s start with the 2016 CSI Invitation Rules for CSI3* and CSI4* Events in Europe. Firstly, priority was given to riders that are on top of the FEI Longines Rankings. Therefore invitations must be granted to the top 25 athletes for CSI4* competitions and to the top 15 athletes for CSI3* competitions in descending order of the ranking.

Next in line to receive an invitation for a three- or four-star competition were the home athletes. The total number of home athletes couldn’t be less than 35% or more than 50% of the overall number of participating athletes. This meant that the number of home athletes to be invited depended upon the amount of home athletes that were automatically invited through their place on the ranking list.

Thirdly, foreign athletes got their chance to be invited. The amount of foreign athletes to be invited, just like with the home athletes, depended on the number of foreign athletes that accepted their invitation based on their top 15 or top 25 spot on the ranking list. Whereas 50% of the remaining foreign athletes must be selected in descending order of the ranking list (for 3* to 600th place, for 4* to 300th place), the other 50% of foreign athletes could be from any place on the ranking or even unranked.

Then it was the Organising Committee’s turn to provide Wildcards to compete at their event. For 4* competitions, the organisers were allowed to accept 15% of the total amount of athletes by giving them a Wildcard, for 3* competitions that was 20%. However, athletes receiving a Wildcard must be selected from the top 600 on the Longines ranking list.

Lastly, the FEI itself had the right to nominate two foreign athletes or home athletes domiciled outside of their home country to compete at a particular competition.

Five-star events worldwide

The 2016 Invitation Rules for 5* Events differed from those for 3* and 4* shows. The rules applied for events all over the world and, first of all, stated that 70% of the total number of athletes invited to a 5* competition had to be from the top 150 on the FEI World Ranking list. Secondly, the Organising Committee had the right to grant Wildcards to no more than 30% of the total number of invited athletes, who could be from any position on the ranking list. As goes for 3* and 4* competitions, the FEI had the right to nominate one foreign athlete or home athlete domiciled outside of their home country to compete at a 5* competition.

 

2020 CSI Invitation Rules for 2*,3*,4* and 5* events worldwide https://inside.fei.org/sites/default/files/Jumping_Rules_2020_clean.pdf

As of the 3rd of February 2020, the new CSI Invitation Rules have gone into effect for all two-, three-, four- and five-star events for which the number of invited athletes is restricted. However it must be noted that certain competition series have been granted approval for exception from these rules*, for example the GCT and GCL as well as CSI *, CSIO’s, CSI-Am, CSIY, CSIJ etc. For all events at which the CSI Invitation Rules do apply, they state that a certain percentage of athletes must be invited in descending order of the Longines Ranking, a certain percentage of athletes should be home athletes selected by the host NF and a certain percentage are athletes invited by the Organising Committee. These percentages differ for each star level and are established as follows:

Event level

Athletes from Longines Ranking

Athletes selected by host NF

OC Invitations

CSI5*

60%

20%

20%

CSI4*

50%

25%

25%

CSI3*

40%

30%

30%

CSI2*

30%

30%

40%

CSI2* option with no LR competitions

0%

20%

80%

In light of the current healthcare crisis with the Covid-19 pandemic, the FEI Board has approved for these rules to be temporarily derogated for the CSI2* level in order to provide an equal playing field in this current climate.

To offer a clearer understanding of what these rules entail and just how they differ from one another, we have put together a couple of hypothetical situations for a two-, three-, four- and a five-star event. These examples serve merely as an illustration and do not in any way represent an actual event, past or present.

*a list of the competitions series that are exempt from the 2020 CSI Invitation Rules can be found here https://inside.fei.org/sites/default/files/SERIES%20APPROVED%20BY%20THE%20FEI_0.pdf

  

CSI2*

For this hypothetical situation, the maximum number of athletes invited 100

Invitation process following current 2020 Invitation System Rules

Athletes from Longines Ranking

Athletes selected by the host NF

OC Invitations

30% = 30 athletes

From top 150

30% = 30 athletes

40% = 40 athletes

 

Invitation process following the 2016 Invitation Rules

No limitations found

CSI3*

For this hypothetical situation, the maximum number of athletes invited 100

Invitation process following current 2020 Invitation System Rules

Athletes from Longines Ranking

Athletes selected by the host NF

OC Invitations

40% = 40 athletes

From top 150

30% = 30 athletes

30% = 30 athletes

 

Invitation process following the 2016 Invitation Rules

Athletes out of top 15 of Ranking

Athletes selected by the host NF

Athletes selected by foreign, invited NF’s

OC Invitations

Let’s say that 12 out of the top 15 accepted the invite to participate at this show, 2 of which are home athletes

35% -50% of all athletes should be home athletes, let’s say that for this show they want 50% home athletes = 50 athletes

50% - 65% of all athletes should be foreign athletes (from 7 different NF’s), let’s say for this show they want 50% foreign athletes = 50 athletes

the OC is free to invite 20% of the total amount of athletes as Wild Cards

Home athletes

Foreign athletes

▪ 2 home athletes were      already invited thanks  to their place on the  Ranking so 50- 2 = 48

▪ 10 home athletes   already received a Wild Card from the OC so

48 – 10 = 38

▪ 10 foreign athletes were already invited thanks to their place on the Ranking so

50 – 10 = 40

▪ 10 foreign athletes already received a Wild Card from the OC so

40 – 10 = 30

▪ 50% of foreign athletes should be in the top 600 of the Ranking

 20 athletes: let’s say that in this hypothetical situation 10 athletes were foreign and 10 were home athletes

2 athletes

From top 15

10 athletes

From top 15

38 athletes

From any rank or unranked

15 athletes

From top 600

15 athletes

From any rank or unranked

10 home athletes

From top 600

10 foreign athletes

From top 60

CSI4*

For this hypothetical situation, the maximum number of athletes invited 100

 

Invitation process following current 2020 Invitation System Rules

 

Athletes from Longines Ranking

Athletes selected by the host NF

OC Invitations

 

50% = 50 athletes

From top 150

25% = 25 athletes

25% = 25 athletes

 
   

Invitation process following the 2016 Invitation Rules

 

Athletes out of top 25 of Ranking

Athletes selected by the host NF

Athletes selected by foreign, invited NF’s

OC Invitations

Let’s say that 18 out of the top 25 accepted the invite to participate at this show, 4 of which are home athletes

35% -50% of all athletes should be home athletes, let’s say that for this show they want 50% home athletes = 50 athletes

50% - 65% of all athletes should be foreign athletes (from 7 different NF’s), let’s say for this show they want 50% foreign athletes = 50 athletes

the OC is free to invite 15% of the total amount of athletes as Wild Cards

Home athletes

Foreign athletes

▪ 4 home athletes were already invited thanks to their place on the Ranking so 50- 4 = 46

▪ 8 home athletes already received a Wild Card from the OC so

46 – 8 = 38

 14 foreign athletes were already invited thanks to their place on the Ranking so 50 – 14 = 36

▪ 7 foreign athletes already received a Wild Card from the OC so 36 – 7 = 29

 50% of foreign athletes should be in the top 300 of the Ranking

15 athletes: let’s say in this hypothetical situation that 7 athletes were foreign and 8 were home athletes

4 athletes

From top 15

14 athletes

From top 15

38 athletes

From any rank or unranked

15 athletes

From top 300

14 athletes

From any rank or unrankedOC

8 home athletes

From top 600

7 foreign athletes

From top 600

 
                   

CSI5*

For this hypothetical situation, the maximum number of athletes invited = 100

 

Invitation process following current 2020 Invitation System Rules

 

Athletes from Longines Ranking

Athletes selected by the host NF

OC Invitations

 

60% = 60 athletes

From top 150

20% = 20 athletes

20% = 20 athletes

 
       

Invitation process following the 2016 Invitation Rules

 

Athletes out of top 150 of Ranking

FEI invitations

OC Invitations

70% of the total number of athletes invited must be from top 150 on Ranking list, at least 10 NF’s must be invited

FEI has the right to nominate 1 athletes for CSI5* events

Max 30% of total number of athletes can be invited as Wild Cards by the OC through their NF’s, from any rank or unranked

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70 athletes

From top 150

 

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