China searches for horse­back he­roes

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

China has be­gun a world­wide re­cruit­ment of horse own­ers, rid­ers, train­ers, vet­eri­nar­i­ans and commercial part­ners in an ef­fort to boost the eques­trian team’s chances at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

In­di­vid­ual, group and cor­po­rate own­ers have been in­vited to pro­vide horses, while over­seas Chi­nese rid­ers who meet the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee’s en­try re­quire­ments will be con­sid­ered for se­lec­tion. Ap­pli­ca­tion forms can be ob­tained at eques­trian.sport.org.cn.

“China has pin­pointed team showjump­ing as a pos­si­ble break­through event, and we’ll strive to make his­tory in Tokyo in 2020,” said Zhang Xiaon­ing, chair­man of Chi­nese Eques­trian As­so­ci­a­tion.

The re­cruit­ment process will end at the end of Oc­to­ber, with the team to be fi­nal­ized in early Novem­ber. on Thurs­day.

“FC Bay­ern Mu­nich has parted com­pany with head coach Carlo Ancelotti as a re­sult of in­ter­nal dis­cus­sions fol­low­ing the 3-0 de­feat in the Cham­pi­ons League group­stage match at PSG,” said a Bay­ern state­ment.

For­mer Bay­ern player Willy Sag­nol, the ex-France in­ter­na­tional who was Ancelotti’s as­sis­tant, has been named in­terim coach.

San­gol, ex-Borus­sia Dort­mund boss Thomas Tuchel and Hof­fen­heim man­ager Ju­lian Nagels­mann are among the early fa­vorites to suc­ceed 58-year-old Ital­ian Ancelotti.

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