The founding committee of a newly-established international federation for camel racing has invited international camel racing federations and specialised committees to join the new body, which held its founding meeting last month in Kuwait, the Saudi Press Agency, SPA, has reported.
Hussein bin Manea Dawwas, chairman of committee, and chairman of the Arab Camel Racing Federation, said, "The committee, which will include representatives from several Arab and European countries, will be responsible for promulgating regulations and laws for the sport."
"Invitations have been sent to more than 20 camel racing federations across the world. The founding committee will work on holding the federation's inaugural meeting to enable the board of directors to vote to name a chairman," he added.
Bin Dawwas praised the efforts of the Saudi camel racing committee and the Gulf and Arab federations in developing and supporting this sport and organising events to guarantee international acceptance, in line with their aspirations to promote this ancient sport as an important part of a noble Arab heritage.
Madhi bin Mudgham Al Subaie, the deputy chairman of the Arab Union for Camel Racing and the Secretary-General of Saudi Arabia's camel racing committee, described the establishment of the international body as "a great accomplishment" for Gulf and Arab federations and "a great victory" for this ancient Arab sport seeking to gain international recognition, while preserving Arab and Islamic cultural values.
"This exceptional step represents a qualitative leap in the history of camel racing, a sport that has been limited to local competitions in many countries and regional gatherings, such as a Gulf championship, but the existence of an international organisation will enable the organising of international championships and competitions. This will help develop the sport and contribute towards attracting millions camel racing fans," Al Subaie said.