7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
Sports News

Riders set for endurance championship

THE Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa Endurance Championship flags off this morning at 7am at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir.

The Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) announced that the veterinary examinations for the 120-kilometre and 84km (qualifying) races were successfully completed yesterday.

The examinations were conducted by international experts and was attended by the UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Also in attendance was Supreme Council for Youth and Sport chairman, Bahrain Olympic Committee president and Bahrain Royal Endurance Team captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Shaikh Nasser welcomed the Ruler of Dubai and hailed his visit, which strengthens the brotherly ties between the two countries.

He also expressed his aspirations for more cooperation with the UAE in the fields of equestrian and endurance sports, considering the long experience and good reputation of the Emirates in this arena.

"The Sahikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa Endurance Championship is a true opportunity for participants to reinforce their skills, talents and abilities," Shaikh Nasser said.


"The race will witness strong competition considering the wide range of participating skillful riders from local and regional stables."

Shaikh Nasser said that the Bahrain's Royal Endurance Team is ready to compete in the highly technical event, following his observations of their training and preparations.

Meanwhile, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports first deputy chairman and Bahrain Athletics Association president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa stated that the race is expected to witness high levels of performance, especially with the participation of the elite of local and UAE riders.

Breef president Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa confirmed that all administrative procedures and preparations for the championship are complete, assuring that the federation has not spared any effort to ensure a successful race.

Shaikh Faisal praised the constant support of Shaikh Nasser, who continuously motivates the members of the organising committees.

The championship will include five stages for the 120km race, including legs of 16km, 20km, 24km, 30km and 30km. The 84km qualifying race will feature three legs of 24km, 30km and 30km. The events of the race will be broadcast live through Bahrain Sports Channel and the federation's website

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