Mira 2019

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Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2: Fruit bats and ferrets are susceptible, pigs and chickens are not

First results of studies conducted at the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut

Insel Riems, 2 April 2020. With SARS-CoV-2, a novel zoonotic coronavirus originally believed to have originated from bats occurred in humans in China about three months ago, subsequently leading to a pandemic. Whether SARS-CoV-2 can also infect other animal species is being investigated by various research institutes worldwide. The Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI) started infection studies in pigs, chickens, fruit bats, and ferrets several weeks ago. First results show that fruit bats and ferrets are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection, whereas pigs and chickens are not. The susceptibility of ferrets in particular is an important finding, as they could be used as model animals for human infection to test vaccines or drugs.

In the infection studies, the animals were inoculated nasally with SARS-CoV-2 to mimic the natural route of infection in humans via the nasopharyngeal route. Egyptian fruit bats, a megabat species, were tested to gain knowledge about the suspected reservoir function of bats. These animals became infected, but did not show any symptoms of disease and did not infect their fellow animals efficiently.

Ferrets are a good model for humans for other respiratory infections, especially those caused by influenza viruses. Since SARS-CoV-2 mainly replicates in the respiratory tract, ferrets could also be a suitable model for this infection. Such an animal model reflecting human infection is currently sought urgently worldwide. FLI experiments show that ferrets can be efficiently infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus replicates well and can be transmitted to fellow animals. The virus mainly replicates in the respiratory tract, but the animals showed no symptoms of disease. This provides an infection model that could be helpful in the testing of vaccines and drugs against SARS-CoV-2.

Farm animals in particular are in close contact with humans. Therefore, pigs and chickens have been tested for susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2. It was examined whether the animals become infected, the pathogen replicates and the animals show symptoms of disease. It was also tested whether they excrete the pathogen and thus pose a potential risk to human health. Under experimental conditions, neither pigs nor chickens were found to be susceptible to infection with SARS-CoV-2. According to the current state of knowledge, they are not affected by the virus and therefore do not pose a potential risk to human health.

The complete evaluation of all test series will take some time, final results are expected at the beginning of May.

Further information on the novel coronavirus / SARS-CoV-2, in particular with regard to pet animals, is available on the FLI website (German language only):


Opening ceremony of the 1st International Pigeon Exhibition in Qatar

Mira 2019 Portugal

Mister BARDOS, President FCI, hands over 3 diplomas

During the gala evening of the German Federation in Dortmund on Saturday 4/1/2020, Mr. Bardos, President FCI, handed over 3 FCI diplomas.

Michel Van Lint and Jos Thoné, both famous pigeons fanciers from Belgium received the diploma of FCI Ambassador.

FCI, which is the family of pigeon fanciers in the world, aims to include ALL fanciers in the FCI family.

For this, contact must be made with pigeon federations that are not yet affiliated with FCI. FCI cannot, however, make these contacts alone; FCI needs people who are known and known worldwide and who are willing to help.

Michel Van Lint and Jos Thoné have already rendered many of these services to FCI.

FCI would like to thank Michel Van Lint and Jos Thoné for this and hopes that they will continue to assist FCI in the future.

A third diploma was handed over to Mr. Richard Gross, President of the German Federation.
Mr. Gross received the diploma as FCI GENERAL ADVISOR.

The FCI can always rely on the experiences and advice of Mr. Gross.

FCI warmly thanks Mr. Gross for this and hope that FCI may continue to rely on hisexperience and advice in the future.

Mira 2019 Portugal

It is with renewed pride that Mira once again receives the European Championship and the European Youth Championship, in a happy partnership between the city Council, the International Racing pigeon Federation and the Portuguese Racing Pigeon Federation.

According to the invitation that we have send to you, the Portuguese Racing Pigeon Federation invites two Official Delegates of your Federation to attend the International Championships, which will take place in Portugal (Mira), in 31 of August 2019.

Therefore, we wish to inform you that the stay and nourishment of these two delegates will be on account of the Portuguese Racing Pigeon Federation.

We can only ensure the accommodation if you send to us the inscription form until July 16, because it is a high season for the hotel. You can send to us by email (geral@fpcolumbofilia.pt) or by fax (+351 239 853 105).



Friday, 30 th of August

Welcome Dinner ( Mira, Hotel “Quinta da Lagoa” )

Saturday, 31 st of August

Breakfast (Mira, Hotel “Quinta da Lagoa”)

Lunch (near de loft)

Dinner/Buffet in the Hotel “Quinta da Lagoa”

Awards ceremony - International Championship MIRA 2018

Sunday, 01 st of September

Breakfast (Mira, Hotel “Quinta da Lagoa”)


We are looking forward to seeing you in MIRA.


Please confirm until 16th of July - Maximum

Delegates Form Mira 2019

Rules European Championship MIRA 2019 Portugal

Standard Training for Judges in Serbia

Between the 19-20th of October, 2018, the first Standard Training for Judges was organized in Sombor Serbia. Organizers: federation Colombophile Internationale /FCI/ and the Savez Sportskih Klubova Odgajivaca Golubova Pismonosa Srbije /The Serbian Pigeon Fanciers Federation/.

The seminar was held by Franz Marchat and Konrad Meierhofer for the participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary and Serbia.

Board meeting in Halle 8-10 October, 2018


The last 17, 18 and 19 august have a meeting of AILAC , Iberian Latinamerican Association of Pigeon Sport, the first confederation in the world of Federations and Associations of Pigeon Sport. 


The AILAC was founded in 1992 in Aveiro, Portugal, and ratified in 1994 in Mataró, Spain.


The members are the following Federations or Association (affiliates to FCI, too): Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, España, México, Nicaragua, Perú, Portugal and Uruguay.


In Bogota, Colombia, were present delegates of Portugal, México, Cuba, Brasil, Argentina and Colombia. They decided require a recognition from the FCI by the AILAC according the news statuts of FCI in the next Congress of Poland.


Soo, the AILAC have new autorities. President: Lic. Federico Arias from Argentine. 1º Vicepresident: Dr. José Luis Rodríguez Jacinto (Portugal). 2º Vicepresident: Not. Carlos Altamirano Alcocer (México) and General Secretary: Dr. Pedro Goldenberg (Argentine).


In the event was made a One Loft Race Derby of AILAC: Individual Winner: Mr. Jorge Penagos (Colombia). As Pigeon Winner; Mr. Nicolás Gimenez (Argentina). Country Winner: Colombia.


They were present a breeders of USA, Honduras and Perú.


Visit to China

Visit to China 

2nd Regional Professional Conference

Pigeons without borders

V4 Conference



The Aim of the Conference:


Offical FCI ring producers 2019-2020

FCI BOARD MEETING in Halle, (11-12. June, 2018) confirmed that four companies, which were invited for the tender signed the contract with the President of FCI, and they become official ring producers for the FCI rings. From 2019 only valid FCI rings produced by these companies.



Savic company visit

On Tuesday June, 12th, Mr Istvan Bardos, president of FCI, and Mr Pascal Nichelson, general sales manager of Savic, signed a mutual contract, which appoints Savic as one of the official manufacturers for FCI rings for the 2 coming seasons. After inspection of the production facilities, this contract was signed in the Savic offices, located in Kortrijk, Belgium.


Columbophiles veterinary meeting 07-09.06.2018 Cracow, Poland

Ladies and Gentlemen,
On behalf of Polish Association of Racing Pigeon Breeders, Warsaw Veterinary Chamber and Warsaw University of Life Sciences, we are honored to invite veterinarians interested in pigeons health care to I European Columbopathological Consultations.

Head of the Department of Pathology and Veterinary Diagnostics,
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Prof. Piotr Szeleszczuk

Columbophiles veterinary meeting 07-08.06.2018 Cracow, Poland


2018 Taiwan

Below you can find the list of participating pigeons:

fci one loft race

world championship one loft race and fci one loft race

world championship one loft race

One Loft Race-2018 Taiwan

On Monday the 26th of March, the basketing for the 2018. One Loft Race Taiwan took place, where 487 pigeons were basketed. The supervisor was Mr. Richard Gross. During the basketing, the President of FCI, Mr. Istvan Bardos was present.

World Championship Chinese Taipei 2018.

Today (03.26. Monday) the basketing for the 2018. World Championship Taiwan took place, where 487 pigeons were basketed. The supervisor was Mr. Richard Gross. During the basketing, the President of FCI, Mr. Istvan Bardos was present.

New Statute of FCI

On the 21st of March, 2018 the new Statute of FCI has been signed in Brussels.  On the official signing, the President of FCI, Mr. Istvan Bardos, and Vice President Mr.  Stefaan van Bockstaele have been present in the office of notary Mr. Jean-Louis van Boxstael.