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Rio Olympic equestrian may be moved outside Brazil


Brazilian athletes train in the Olympic Equestrian Center at the Deodoro Sports Complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. The venue is part of the sports complex that will stage competitions for dressage, cross-country and jumping at the Olympics and Paralympics. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The head of the Brazilian Equestrian Confederation has warned that equestrian events at next year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics might have to take place outside Brazil.

Luiz Roberto Giugni blasted the country’s Agriculture Ministry for delays in issuing documentation needed to allow horses brought into Brazil from Europe, the United States and Canada to leave the country.

He warned that if the ministry doesn’t act before the end of the month, “we run the risk of not having the event in Brazil.”

Regulations for bringing horses to and from Brazil are strict. The country is still subject to diseases affecting horses, including glanders, a lethal bacterial infection recently diagnosed in several horses here.

Guigni was speaking on Wednesday at an event in Sao Paulo.