38 NATIONS HAVE ANNOUNCED THEIR PARTICIPATION
Thirty-eight nations have confirmed their presence in Rome for the 1998 World Equestrian
Games. A large participation for what will be once more the biggest equestrian event in
the world. Amongst the 38 nations, 12 have announced that they will be competing with
either a team or individuals in all five disciplines (show-jumping, dressage,
three-day-event, driving and vaulting). These are Australia, Austria, Denmark, France,
Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Netherland, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and United States.
On the other hand WEG '98 will mark the first ever appearance at this level for Greece
which will be represented individually in three-day-event, for Israel which will make its
debut with one competitor in show-jumping and one in dressage, and for Belarus which will
have a rider in the dressage competition.
The show-jumping world championships will see as usual the largest participation with 25
nations. Amongst these Lithuania and South Africa have confirmed their presence after
their debut four years ago in The Hague. While Rome's WEG will be a 'come back' for
Venezuela, Hungary and Czech Republic, who were competing in Stockholm in 1990 but not in
The Hague '94. In dressage (21 nations) in addition to first timers Belarus and Israel,
also Ukrain and South Africa will make their debut. While Brasil dressage riders, not
competing in 1994, will be in Rome. In three-day-event (23 nations) besides Greece also
Ukrain will compete for the first time with a team. While Austria, Bermuda, Finland,
Greece and Poland will be represented by individuals. In driving amongst the 15 nations
Australia and Poland have announced their individual participation. While Italy and
Ireland, which made their first appearance in a driving world championships in 1994, have
confirmed their presence. Finally in vaulting (18 nations) Rome's WEG will see the first
ever appearance of Canada with individual atlethes.
The names of the competitors will be announced on 1st September (deadline for nominated
entries). By this date nations will have the possibility of indicating up to the double
number of the allowed competitors. Only a few days before the opening of WEG, on 25th
September (deadline for definite entries) the names of the competitors will be announced.
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