Basel, Switzerland – December 30, 2021 – The permit for the Longines CHI Classics Basel has been withdrawn – the event is cancelled.
It is with the greatest regret that the organisers of the Longines CHI Classic Basel are forced to cancel the equestrian event planned for 13 to 16 January 2022 in the St. Jakobshalle.
This afternoon, the organising committee of the Basel horse show was informed that the cantonal government of Basel-Landschaft has revoked the permit for the event, which was granted on November 15, 2021. It would have been possible to issue a permit for the event to be held under exclusion of the public. However, because the epidemiological situation could deteriorate further, the organisers have decided with a heavy heart to cancel the tournament.
Dr. H. C. Thomas Straumann, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Longines CHI Classics Basel, is disappointed: “After the second cancellation in a row and the reorientation of our event, which has unfortunately become impossible as a result, we cannot avoid thinking about fundamental issues.»
“We tried everything with enormous commitment until the end. The best riders would have loved to come to Basel. Our sponsorship and hospitality offers were sold out and ticket sales were at record levels. Unfortunately, the development of the pandemic has once again put a spoke in our wheel,” explains OC President Andy Kistler.
Source: Press Release by Roman Gasser for the Longines CHI Classics Basel
Photos: © CHI Classics Basel / Katja Stuppia