Monday, April 17, 2006

Top UAE riders for King's Cup

SHAIKH Hazza'a bin Sultan Al Nahyan will lead the UAE team in His Majesty King Hamad's Endurance Championship scheduled for Wednesday at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir.

Shaikh Hazza'a, who notched an amazing victory in the World Championship last year in Dubai, will be among 25 top riders from the UAE in this prestigious event which consists of races for junior and senior categories.

Having won this event held in 2002, Shaikh Hazza'a is one of the major contenders. Other UAE riders taking part include defending champion Dr Jaber Baitar, Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, Mubarak Al Khalili, Mohammed Al Shamsi and Khamis Al Rumaihi.

Sixteen riders from Saudi Arabia have confirmed their participation in the championship, including Prince Abdulla bin Fahad Al Saud, Prince Saud bin Khalid Al Kabir, Taher Al Turkmani and Nawad Al Otaibi.

From Kuwait, seven riders will be taking part. The team is led by Sulaiman Al Shatti who took part in the previous race. Other Kuwaiti entrants are Abdulla Al Sedairawi, Fahad Al Kandari, Yaqoub Al Nassrulla, Ali Al Khurafi and Bader Khalid.

Sponsored by Al Areen for the second consecutive year, the junior race will be over 120 kms and the senior race 130 kms.

The junior race will be divided into five stages with 32 kms for the first and second stages, 20 kms each for the third and fourth stages, and 16 kms for the fifth.

In the senior race, the 30 kms were set for the first two stages, 30 kms for the third, 20 kms for the fourth and 16 kms for the fifth.

The event will be held under the patronage of Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa who will lead the Bahraini riders.

Meanwhile, routes committee head Fahad Al Rumaihi said the committee is giving its final touches on the race routes for both categories.

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