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Royal team set for Giant endurance

BAHRAIN Royal Endurance team members Shaikh Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa, Yousef Taher and Abdulhaq Qadoori confirmed their participation in the 2010 Giant Endurance Horseride Challenge on Saturday at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir.

The trio veterans will lead a group of team riders in this ride which is one of three events in the 2010 series being jointly organised by Bahrain and the UAE.

Top riders from other Gulf, Arab and international countries are expected to take part, including UAE's vice president, Prime Minister and Dubai Ruler Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Team captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa will lead the Bahraini riders in Saturday's ride. He will be accompanied by Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation's president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Shaikh Nasser, who came second in last year's Bahrain round, hailed the international gatherings hosted by the Endurance Village in Bahrain as a chance for the elite of champions to compete and exchange skill.

The Bahrain Olympic Committee president expressed gratitude to Unicorn Investment Bank for sponsoring the prestigious event, especially its chief executive Majid Al Refai, and expressed his wish that the support would continue in future competitions.

He commended the directives and positive ideas of Breef president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, mainly in what pertains to prizes which were allocated in a gradually encouraging manner to add more thrills to the competition.

Shaikh Khalid gave his directives to allot a valuable cash prize for the best rider at each of the five stages and to honour the top three riders at the end of the championship.

Saturday's ride will be open to everyone and all participating riders must weigh at least 75 kilogrammes without riding equipment.

The third and final leg will be held in Dubai on the last week of this month and points accumulated over the three rounds will decide the overall champion.

In the first round of the series, which took place at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi last month, featured a disappointing finish for all the four Bahraini riders.

Bahrain were spearheaded by Royal Endurance Team captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Shaikh Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa and Ahmed Janahi who pulled out at different stages of the ride.



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