Texts of the FEI rules are often vague, which gives the reason to interpret them in different ways.
For example, look at article 106 of the FEI General Regulations (“GRs”), that reads as follows:
5. No NFs shall be allocated two (2) consecutive FEI World or FEI Continental Championships in the same Discipline for the same Category of Athletes, unless there are no other suitable applications.
How do you understand this point?
Option 1: No country is allowed to host 2 consecutive World Championships or 2 consecutive European Championships, right?
If World Endurance Championship 2014 was held in France in Normandy, so, World Endurance Championship 2016 can’t be held in France again, right?
Option 2: Or can we interpet this point as “no country is allowed to host the Championships for 2 consecutive years”?
If Samorin was the host of European Championship 2015, it can’t be the host of World Championship 2016, isn’t it?
As we know now, there are three bidders for the World Endurance Championship 2016: Fontainebleau (FRA), Samorin (SVK), San Rossore (ITA).
If we interpret the Article 106.5 in first supposed way, then Fontainebleau is ineligible, because in such case France will host two consecutive World Championships (2014 and 2016).
If we interpret the Article 106.5 in second supposed way, then Samorin is ineligible, because in such case the same venue will host the Championships for two consecutive years (2015 and 2016).
Both Fontainebleau and Samorin are ineligible, because we have another application from third bidder: San Rossore.
So, if the FEI Bureau will announce the new venue of WEC 2016 in Fontainebleau or Samorin, it will be the violation of own rules of the FEI.
There are comments from people thinking that in 2014 France hosted WEG, not WEC.
You are absolutely wrong! WEG – World Equestrian Games are the combination of World Championships for all FEI disciplines. In 2014 France hosted World Championships for every FEI dicsipline including Endurance. Want a proof? See the schedule of WEG in Normandy 2014 on FEI website:
See official name of event on page 98, there is official event code CH-M-E, it means World Endurance Championship, and full name of event that was held in Normandy: FEI WORLD INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP.