Equestrian Team Caught In Typhoon Warning
The Australian Equestrian Team has been forced to call off training today (Wednesday) in Hong Kong for the Eventing and Dressage riders as a level 8 typhoon warning has been issued. In addition, the arrival of the Jumping horses has been delayed although the riders are now at the Olympic Village.
The horses were to arrive in Hong Kong today but have been held over in Dubai for at least 24 hours to allow for weather conditions to improve. The horses are being accommodated at the stables of Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the husband of International Equestrian Federation President HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein.
In Hong Kong, the riders are restricted to the Athletes Village whilst Team Veterinarians, Officials and grooms are with the horses at the Sha Tin stable complex.
Yesterday afternoon the typhoon warning flag was raised to level 3. At 5:45am this morning it was raised to level 8. Level 8 means that Hong Kong virtually shuts down and prepares for the storm resulting in the closure of public transport and other services and requiring people to stay indoors.
The Olympic Equestrian Competition program has a "buffer" of three days built in to allow for weather-caused interruptions. Delays in the program are, however, always difficult to manage and may make it difficult for visiting spectators to attend the sessions of their choice. We hope the typhoon will have only a minimal impact on the program.
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