"On to Hong Kong" Pre-Olympic Workshop on Heat and Humidity Opens in Switzerland

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A delegation of experts and officials representing Hong Kong will attend an equestrian workshop at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland tomorrow, February 17. They will update chefs d'equipe, riders and veterinarians on Hong Kong's preparations for the equestrian events of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

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Tonight, the delegates are dining with HRH Princess Haya at the Lausanne Palace Hotel.

The meeting will focus on the heat and humidity in Hong Kong. It will also cover equine health and welfare and give overviews of facilities, local arrangements and horse importation requirements.

HK organizers' Equestrian Company chief executive officer Lam Woon-kwong, the company's veterinary services manager Dr. Chris Riggs and quarantine manager Dr. Keith Watkins will participate.

The agenda for the meeting will be:
? Welcome: Dr Andrew Higgins, Chairman of the FEI Welfare Sub-Committee
? Setting the scene: John McEwen, Chairman of the FEI Veterinary Committee
? Hong Kong is Getting Ready: Mr WK Lam, CEO BOCOG/ Equestrian Company
? Overview of facilities and local arrangements: Dr Chris Riggs, Head of Veterinary Clinical Services, Hong Kong Jockey Club
? Horse importation requirements: Dr Keith Watkins, HKG
? Horse transportation logistics: Martin H. Atock, Managing Director, Peden Bloodstock, Leyenburg, Rheurdt, Germany
? Understanding the weather situation in Hong Kong for the Olympic Games; the results of a two-year study with the Hong Kong Observatory: Professor Leo Jeffcott, VetMedDr, University of Sydney, Australia, Veterinary Delegate for the 2008 Olympic Games
? Air conditioned facilities and cooling stations: Dr David Marlin, David Marlin Consulting Ltd, Newmarket, UK
? Results of horse monitoring: Dr Catherine W. Kohn, Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences Ohio State University, USA
? Conclusion: Dr Catherine W. Kohn