Oman national camel racing festival kicks off tomorrow for 2023-2024 season

Muscat: The national camel racing competitions for the 2023/2024 season, which is organized by the Omani Camel Racing Federation, will begin tomorrow, Tuesday, at the Al-Sultani Camel Racetrack in the Wilayat of Barka and Al-Bashaer in the Wilayat of Adam for the 12 racing stations approved for this season.

Sheikh Saeed bin Saud Al-Ghafili, President of the Omani Camel Racing Federation, said that the private camel races enjoy continuous support to preserve this authentic heritage, preserve the authentic Omani breeds and support the local community in this aspect by creating opportunities for job seekers as well as continuous follow-up from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth for all Camel races took place in the various governorates of the Sultanate of Oman, and the Oman Camel Racing Federation was keen to ensure that the races were in a manner that satisfies camel owners and all lovers of this sport, as the adoption of the timetable for the current season came to fulfill the aspirations and visions of camel owners.

He indicated that all administrative and technical equipment is ready to cooperate with the Royal Camel, the Al-Bashaer Field Department and other parties related to these races at various stations.

He added that the first station, which will start tomorrow at the Al-Haggana Al-Sultaniyya and Al-Bashir tracks, and will last for three days, includes 86 rounds for various categories, where on the first day 36 rounds will be held for the category of pilgrims for a distance of two kilometers, and for the second day 24  rounds will be allocated for the Al-Laqaya category for a distance of  3  kilometers and 12 rounds for the deposit category for a distance of 4 kilometers.

The third day includes 6 runs for the Al-Thanaya category for a distance of 5 km, and 6 runs for the Al-Hawl and Zumul category for a distance of 5 km, in addition to two runs for the Ardha run for a distance of two km. The Oman Camel Racing Federation announced some general conditions for participation in the races, where participation is limited to purebred Omani camels wholly owned by Omani citizens, and blood activation or the use of stimulants, electric shocks and other prohibited stimuli is strictly prohibited.

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