World Dog Show 2017 changed the Place: Rafael de Santiago FCI President
We are always eager to protect all FCI members' interests even though this can sometimes generate uncomfortable situations and we are well aware of the unavoidable pros and cons of any decision concerning this matter.
The concerns expressed by the Ukrainian Kennel Union regarding the dates suggested to hold the World Dog Show in Leipzig from 6 to 10 July 2017 are very understandable.
We wish to point out that the FCI Statutes (Art 20.q) and the FCI Show Regulations (Art.3) give the power to the FCI General Committee to make decisions regarding issues related to international, world and section shows.
Indeed, we would like to draw your attention on the fact that the FCI Dog Shows Regulations clearly allow the General Committee to deal with exceptional cases. Therefore, the FCI Dog Shows Regulations finally confirm the power of the General Committee to take a decision in exceptional cases, such as the case at hand (cancellation of the WDS 2017 in Ecuador).
However, out of concern and respect for the huge work already carried out by the Ukrainian Kennel Union, the FCI General Committee has found a solution: the VDH, in a very kind and appreciated gesture, proposed to change the dates of the 2017 World Dog Show to take place now from 9 to 12 November 2017, preceded by the FCI General Assembly on 6-7 November 2017.
We are very happy to announce this solution to a difficult issue and feel confident that you will share our satisfaction.
The General Committee of the FCI always works towards finding solutions which will be favourable to the wellbeing of our Federation. Therefore we are grateful for all the received input from our members concerning this and other issues.
Please note that the present message will be translated to the other FCI languages and sent to you in the next days.
We once again thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Rafael de Santiago