But federation is confident HK will put on good show The head of world equestrian sports is disappointed Beijing will not be staging the 2008 Olympic equestrian events but is confident Hong Kong will be an excellent replacement. Speaking in Singapore after the decision to award the events to Hong Kong was announced, International Equestrian Federation (FEI) president Dona Pilar de Borbon said the federation was disappointed the events could not be held in Beijing because of health fears. But she added: We are confident [the Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games] and Hong Kong will ensure the stage is set for an excellent equestrian competition in Hong Kong.' Committee vice-president Wang Wei said organisers were delighted that the best possible solution had been found. IOC co-ordination commission chairman Hein Verbruggen said he was confident Hong Kong would put on a good show. 'The agreement on the location for the equestrian events means the locations for all Beijing 2008 competitions have been finalised,' he said. International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge, who will visit Hong Kong next week, said the IOC would have liked to have kept the event in Beijing. But as the organisers could not guarantee an equine disease-free zone, they had sanctioned the move to Hong Kong. The news on the equestrian events was broken after months of discussion by Beijing organising committee president Liu Qi in a progress report to the IOC session in Singapore. 'An agreement has been reached between the FEI and us to hold the equestrian events in Hong Kong. With the concerted efforts from all stakeholders, we expect to have an outstanding competition in Hong Kong in 2008,' he said. An official IOC press release stated: 'The move is based on the best interests of the competition and the well-being of the horses.' Almost 250 horses will take part in dressage, show-jumping and eventing which includes a cross-country course. Welcoming the decision, Hong Kong Olympic Committee president Timothy Fok Tsun-ting said every measure would be taken to see that local elite athletes were not adversely affected by having to move out of the Sports Institute.