Gen. Samy Negm El Din of Egypt, FEI official in Jumping and technical consultant to the Omani National Federation, passed away on 4 December 2010 aged 64.
Gen. Samy Negm El Din was a graduate in law and retired as a general from the police force of his home country, Egypt, in 1995. From 2000 to 2001 he served as a board member of the Egypt Equestrian Federation and was a technical consultant to the Omani National Federation until his sudden death.
Gen. Samy Negm El Din was a member of the FEI World Cup™ Jumping Arab League Sub-Committee and was instrumental in the organisation of many international events in Jumping and Tent Pegging in the region. He played a key role in setting up the international Tent Pegging committee in 2008.
His Highness Sheikh Khalid Chairman of Group VII said, “Gen. Samy was seen by the National Federations of the Arabian Region as one of their greatest bridges to the FEI, and he loved the organisation, and all it stood for. We are all deeply distressed and saddened by his passing, but we will strive to remember him through our work in the region.”
FEI President HRH Princess Haya said, “Gen. Samy will always be remembered as one of the greatest ambassadors the Arab Region has ever had in the International Equestrian Community, his quiet diplomacy and quick wit will fondly be remembered. He was a pillar in the development of the sport in our region, working quietly and never seeking recognition. He was a man without borders in the Arab world as he used the language of horsemen, serving many of our NFs, and disciplines. He was loved by all.”
Our sincerest condolences go to Gen. Samy Negm El Din’s family, to the Egyptian and Omani National Federations, and to the equestrian community of the region.
Photo caption: Gen. Samy Negm El Din, FEI President HRH Princess Haya and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Isa Al Fairouz, President of the Omani Equestrian Federation, at the 2006 FEI General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur.