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Governing body of equestrian votes to pay its president

April 28, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Equestrian Federation has voted in principle to pay its president for the first time.

FEI president Ingmar de Vos was elected last December to follow five previous incumbents who were members of royal families of the Netherlands, Britain, Spain and Jordan. They combined to lead the FEI for 60 years.

The FEI decision on Tuesday comes after the International Olympic Committee’s ethics panel this month called on sports organizations to be transparent and publish their payment policies.

The IOC revealed then that President Thomas Bach is paid 225,000 euros ($246,000) each year.

The FEI said a unanimous vote of its member federations in favor of paying De Vos must be approved by its ruling committee in June.

De Vos was the FEI’s secretary general before winning a four-candidate election, and had joined the governing body in 2011 after managing the national federation in his native Belgium.

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