Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Malaysia: Strong foreign contingent for Sultan's Cup

29 Sep 2006

THE Sultan's Cup Terengganu Endurance Challenge, scheduled for Nov 25- 26 at the Terengganu International Endurance Park in Lembah Bidong, Setiu, is expected to attract more than 100 competitors.

Tournament organising chairman Datuk Hamzah Muhammad said endurance riders from countries such as Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea and Brunei will compete.

He said the competition, sanctioned by the the Federation Equestre International, made its debut at the same venue last year with 115 riders competing in the 10km, 26km, 30km, 40km, 8km and 120km race categories.

"This time, there will only be 80km and 160km challenge categories to be contested while the 26 and 40km races will only be offered to local novices.

"The main event in which the best of riders will take part in is the 160km race.

"This gruelling event will take about 21 hours to complete," he said.

"Most of our riders will be competing in the 26km, 40km and 80km races as they have to complete the shorter range course before qualifying for the main event which is the 160km course.

"We need a large number of local riders to qualify for the 160km race as we will be hosting the World Endurance Championships in 2008," he said.

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