Saturday, August 07, 2010

Endurance medical armbands considered after fatal fall - Full Article

Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor
7 August, 2010

Suggestions that endurance riders should wear eventing-style medical armbands are being considered by the FEI and Endurance GB (EGB) after the death of a Japanese rider following a fall at Euston Park.

Mitsuko Masui, 73, was competing in the CEI*** 160km ride at the Norfolk venue on 11 July when she was found on the ground by British rider Kirsty Wiscombe (report, 22 July).

The rider was taken to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge by air ambulance, where she died the next day. Her death seems to have been due to a medical condition rather than a riding accident.

Ms Masui's death has prompted Euston Park president James MacEwan to urge EGB and the FEI to adopt medical cards for competitors.

"Endurance has just as high a risk assessment as eventing because of the vast distances in the saddle involved," he said...

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