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World endurance race in Bahrain

BAHRAIN will host the Juniors and Young Riders World Endruance Championship in 2005.

Bahrain singed a contract in this connection with the world endurance governing body FEI yesterday at the Sheraton Hotel.

Honorary president of the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF) Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Ian Williams of FEI signed the contract.


"Endurance sport in Bahrain is growing rapidly and by hosting the world championship next year we will cross another milestone," said Shaikh Nasser.

"Bahraini riders are putting in a lot of effort at training and that is being reflected in the encouraging results we have had recently.

"We train on different horses, spend a lot of time improving in every aspect of the game. But we still have a lot of hard work to do," added Shaikh Nasser who is also the captain of the Royal Team which includes Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Shaikh Faisal bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Italy, Britain and France were also in the running to host the 2005 championship but Bahrain was awarded the rights because of the keen interest shown by them, added Williams.

"We look into the popularity and maturity of the sport in a particular region before awarding the rights to host a major event," said Williams.

General Organisation for Youth and Sports president Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa and BREEF committee head Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa were also present on the occasion.

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