It is with the deepest regret that the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) and the Doha Asian Games Organising Committee (DAGOC) announce that Mr Kim Hyung-Chil (KOR) suffered a fatal accident while competing at the 15th Asian Games, Eventing competition, Doha (QAT) on the morning of 7 December 2006.

Mr Kim, 47, on the horse Bundaberg Black, hit the fence at obstacle eight and had a somersault fall causing a fatal injury. The rider had won the Individual silver medal at the 14th Asian Games held in Busan (KOR) in 2002.

At every international Eventing competition, maximum consideration is given to the safety of horses and competitors.

A message from Abdulla Khalid Al Qahtani, Director General of DAGOC, to the President and Chef de Mission of the Korean National Olympic Committee read: “I send my deepest sympathies on the sad loss of your country’s rider Kim Hyung-Chil during the equestrian Cross Country competition this morning. The competition has lost a noble and able rider. Our prayers and thoughts are with you, the family of the deceased and the whole team representing your nation in the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006.”