CSIO Barcelona 2012

CSIO Barcelona 2012

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012


CSIO Barcelona will start this Thursday, featuring more than 80 riders representing 20 different countries, including the current world champion Phillippe Le Jeune. On Sunday afternoon, Nations Cup will be celebrated, in which the Spanish team will fight to ascend to the highest category of the equestrian world.

During today’s presentation, the Deputy Mayor for Quality of Life, Equality and Sports of Barcelona, Maite Fandos, thanked especially the CSIO Barcelona accession to the twentieth anniversary of the Games: “We want the Olympic spirit to continue alive and the Real Club de Polo and CSIO Barcelona have contributed to this celebration with the construction of a memorial obstacle”. The obstacle with the slogan “Sempre Olímpics”  and another recreating a streetlamp of  the emblematic Passeig de Gracia will be present in the most important courses of the competition.

On behalf of Real Club de Polo, its honorary president, Joaquin Calvo, recalled that the complicity between the city of Barcelona and the CSIO Barcelona “has existed for over a hundred years. We are excited to make a tribute to Barcelona, as the club doors are always open to the city. ” In this sense, Calvo has revealed that thanks to the support of the city, Polo Club will host the Barcelona World Jumping Challenge, a competition that will be organized over the next three years and in 2015 will become the “most important equestrian event in the world”.
The event director, Daniel Garcia, pointed out the high sport level  with the participation of the Beijing Olympic champion Eric Lamaze (Canada) and the medalists Michel Robert (France), Robert Smith and John Whitaker (Great Britain ) and Belgium´s Philippe Le Jeune, current  World Champion.  Meanwhile, Emilio Zegrí, President of the Catalan Equestrian Federation,  pointed out  the economic activity generated by  a great event such as CSIO Barcelona and the fact that “it is a sport that equalizes because it does not make a difference between men and women.”