Monday, January 29, 2007

Bahrain: Prime Ministers Cup Endurance race set

PREPARATIONS are underway for the first Endurance Race for the Prime Minister's Cup scheduled for Saturday at the Bahrain International Endurance Village premises in Sakhir.

Top riders from Bahrain and overseas are expecting to take part in this event to be organised with the support of the Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.

This race, which covers a total distance of 120km, will be held for the first time following directives from Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Shaikh Nasser said he is honoured to have got the green light from the Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa to organise this event, which underlines his support for equestrian sports.

The Breef chief said the race will be open to senior and junior riders from Bahrain and overseas. The federation has already started receiving entries from Bahrain and other GCC countries for this prestigious event.

This race will be the fourth of the season, which kicked off with the Season Opening Championship, the Kingdom Holding Championship and Bahrain International Open Championship.

"After the Prime Minister's Cup, we will host a series of events over the course of five months, including His Majesty the King's Cup on March 7, a 120-km race on April 7 and a 100km Open Endurance Championship on May 5," said Shaikh Nasser.

The Breef chief extended his gratitude and appreciation to Euro Motors, the exclusive importers for Land Rover in Bahrain, who are sponsoring the federation championships this season.

"As the sole authority for organising all equestrian activities, games and events in the kingdom, the federation works to actively promote professional show jumping and endurance racing in Bahrain," added Shaikh Nasser.

"We are expecting a large number of entries for the championship," said Breef first vice-president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

"The Prime Minister is one of the top figures in Bahrain who has shown his love to equestrian sports and especially endurance races. Hosting this event was to show the Bahraini riders' appreciation to the Prime Minister who has been always supportive to this sport," he said.

"The Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation is always keen to provide all facilities to ensure the success of these events and create a competitiveness environment throughout the season," said Shaikh Khalid.

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