Equestrians in Iran have been given only three chances to qualify for the Rio Olympics and none of them have yet been successful.
The World Equestria Federation (Wef) is one of the world’s leading equestria organisations and is responsible for overseeing the qualification of equestrians.
But the organisation is now facing a crisis, as the Iranian authorities have announced they are refusing to recognise the results of the Wef World Equvains Qualifiers, in which three competitors failed to win medals.
“In the last two weeks, the WF has been under pressure to make changes to the qualification process, in light of the fact that no one has won the World Equverence, the World Championship, or the World Championships,” Wef CEO Abdollah Sayyed told FourFourtwo.
“These changes will make the qualification a much easier process for the athletes who have the ambition to compete in the Olympic Games.”
According to Sayyeda, Wef is currently preparing to start its preparations for the 2016 Olympics in Beijing, China.
“We have a great number of athletes who want to compete, but there are also many who have already applied and many others who have not yet applied,” he said.
“This is a problem for the World Sports Federation and the WDF.
If we are unable to qualify our athletes for the Games, it would be a tragedy for the sport, the sport of equitation, and the sport as a whole.”
A Wef representative confirmed to FourFourthat the organisation had received confirmation of the decision from the Iranian government.
“Our position is that if we cannot make a valid decision on this matter, we will take the appropriate steps to ensure that this is not a problem in the future,” the representative said.
According to the WTF, the 2016 Olympic Games will be held in South Africa.