November 04, 2008 15:41 PM
KUALA TERENGGANU, Nov 4 (Bernama) -- Veterinarians, including from outside the state, have been deployed to Lembah Bidong, Setiu for the upcoming World Endurance Championship (WEC) 2008 starting Thursday.
Veterinary Services Department Director Dr Azizol Mohd Sharom said up to 10 veterinarians would assist in monitoring the horses' health as well as carrying out quarantine.
Until Monday, 129 horses from participating countries arrived at the Sultan Mahmud Airport here while several others arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
All the horses are now being quarantined at the Sultan Mahmud Airport and in Lembah Bidong.
"Despite the long journey and climate differences, checks showed that the horses are healthy," he told Bernama when contacted.
The organiser would determine whether the horses were fit for the race, he said.
The horses are from Norway, Slovakia, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Hungary, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, Portugal, South Africa, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Colombia and New Zealand.
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin will lead Malaysia's charge at the championship. The team consists of 12 riders.
Malaysia is hosting the championship for the first time.
Posted By Merri to WEC Reports at 11/04/2008 04:49:00 PM
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