FKSR: Elections without choice
Report-Selective Conference of Russian horse riding Federation has been held on 10th of December in hotel “Azimut” that was opposite to Olympic sports complex. They have been reporting for a long years of work, exchanging views about future of horse riding sport and congratulating a new president of FKSR with election.
However, to speak about election will be probably not correct, cause elections, surely, were absent. While Conference one of the candidates a sport’s master in show jumping, vice-president of FKSR, Vladimir Beleckiy decided to remove. For many people it was surprise.
Social Media literally had blown up with negative comments:
Olga Bikova: “It’s a pity...Our horse riding sport had a real opportunity to grow further. And here…Another RosPil (a war with corruption in Russia) and now in Horse riding sport too. It’s a shame”.
Alla Nosova: “It’s a bit upsetting now ( We really wanted a real person from the sport to be the president. But it didn’t surprise me.”
Later Vladimir Beleckiy has thanked everyone on his facebook web-page for the support and assured that he would continue to work actively under the sport development. If this decision to give up the participation in elections was contractual or it was just a figment of someone’s lobbying interests, we could’t find out it. However dubious successes of sportswomen Inessa Merkulova and Marina Aframeeva in RIO have been noted at press-release of designation of a new president.
Just to remember that before, Minsport has negatively responded about national Russian team in horse riding sport.
Before the start of press-conference everyone were discussing an extravagating banquet on the sidelines, that has been organized by FKSR in the honor of holding Report-Selecting Conference, that was conducted by Andrey Malahov in redingote and breeches. On the day of “elections” Maria Sechina preferred a solemn red color. Anatoly Merkulov, Vladimir Tuganov and Aleksandra Brilliantova were sitting near her in presidium. What is going to do a new president? Correspondents of horse riding magazines were asking to. What are the development vectors? What are the steps? Marina Sechina has promised to determine everything soon, tentatively gathering a Bureau, for “defining the objectives and goals for the forthcoming period”.
Also a new president said that only now a Program for the current year would be invented and the ways of development would be targeted for the next three years. Teases of resolution – applications of regions to FKSR that were put into the gift-pockets for journalists, have formed the basis of pre-election campaign of Marina Sechina. It was formed before, while an All-Russian conference “ways of horse riding sport development” that has been held in Maxima Stables on 26-27 of November.
Response to a question how the relations with the candidate Vladimir Beleckiy will be build, she clarified, that now it is creating a Presidential council FKSR, where “ Volodia is a first candidate”.
#horsetimes, surprised by a message of General Secretary mister Merkulov that has threatened with a fine to our media for imagined violation one day before press-conference, he decided to ask a new president about perspectives of media-work. Marina Sechina has promised to draw her attention on the suggestions of new formats and to tune on cooperation.
Speakers were talking a little about sport. They promised to find a balance in the development of high level sport and regions, to draw their attention on junior horse riding sport. All press-conference took about 15 minutes, and after all they started to insist on immediate dinner for journalists in restaurant.
Delegates were fed and danced before. It is early to make conclusions about work of a new FKSR, but first impressions are not about sport.