The Royal Endurance Team is all set to take part in the FEI Endurance World Championship in Pisa, Italy today.
His Majesty King Hamad’s representative for humanitarian work and youth affairs Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa will lead the team in the 160km international race.
Apart from Shaikh Nasser, who will ride “Calandria” horse, the team also features Jaffer Mirza, Raed Mahmoud, Abdulrahman Al Zayed and Manal Fakhrawi.
The annual race has attracted 80 jockeys representing 32 countries from different parts of the world.
The Royal Endurance Team yesterday took part in the opening ceremony, which was held in public square, in Pisa, amid strict Covid-19 precautionary measures.
Royal team jockey Abdulrahman Al Zayed held Bahrain’s flag during the ceremony which was attended by FEI and Italian officials.
Shaikh Nasser emerged third and reached the podium during the FEI World Endurance Championship, in Slovakia.
In a statement yesterday, he praised Bahrain’s equestrian and endurance sport strides, paying tribute to the King for his support.
He underlined that the World Endurance Championship embodies the leading position of the Bahraini endurance and its extraordinary presence in major events.
“Bahrain’s endurance sport has accomplished unique achievements and everyone wants to continue on the same path to maintain Bahrain’s advanced position in this sport.
“The royal team will strive to achieve new successes by topping the podium of the World Endurance Championship. We will write a new success story,” Shaikh Nasser said.
“Our aim is to contribute to boosting our economic and tourism sectors to achieve Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030.
“We have been training for the event as per a specific plan because we understand the enormous responsibility that lies on our shoulders. We have great jockeys and are confident that we will leave our mark in the event,” he added.
Shaikh Nasser participated in the weigh-in procedures which were held as part of the veterinary examination yesterday. The race will feature six stages.