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Asian RC 7: Romanet Says Whip "Outlawed In 5 Years"
Former leading French administrator & now International Federation of Horseracing Authorities chairman Louis Romanet predicted major racing nations "will outlaw use of the whip, other than for corrective purposes" within the next 5 years. He noted: "It won't happen tomorrow, but it's something that racing should be looking at, because of the influence of better quality television on public perception. It will require taking decisions & then teaching young people coming in through the various racing schools. But I think it will happen within 5 years. It's similar to the process for applying non-medication rules in racing, which has to be done gradually & through education."