Under the patronage and in the presence of HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Representative of HM the King for Humanitarian Works and Youth Affairs and Honourary President of the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF) as well as HH Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa, Vice President of the Supreme Council for the Environment (SCE) Vice President of the Coordination, Execution and Follow-up Committee (Estijabah) committee, HH Shaikh Isa bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, President of BREEF crowned Victorious team member Othman Al Awadhi as the champion of the endurance season opener which covered a distance of 120 km. Among the attendees was also Shaikh Duaij bin Salman Al Khalifa, Head of the Endurance Committee at BREEF.
On this occasion, HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa expressed utmost delight to see the Victorious team achieving first place in the race, pointing out that the team’s accomplishment confirms its high hopes and readiness for the new season despite the tough competition for top places. HH Shaikh Nasser also congratulated Al Ruood team on finishing second.
“We are happy with the level of excitement and competition featured in the season-opening races thanks to the presence of many top participants from Bahrain and Europe as well as other countries. To see 160 competitors in one race is a source of pride for us,” HH Shaikh Nasser said.
Commenting further, HH Shaikh Nasser explained: “All the participants tried to take a strong lead from the beginning. This has triggered a stiff competition among all the participants as evidenced by the frequent change in positions until Al Awadhi secured a narrow victory.
“The wide participation contributed to creating an exciting competition. This confirms we will witness a great endurance season.”
Furthermore, HH Shaikh Nasser described the organisation of theevent as “incredible”, thanking BREEF and its President HH Shaikh Isa bin Abdullah for the outstanding efforts they put together to make it a tremendous success, especially that they conducted over 1000 swab tests for the participants and the members of the organising committees.
From his side, HH Shaikh Isa bin Abdullah thanked HH Shaikh Nasser for his support and follow-up to the race, pointing out that HH’s backing and presence contributed to making the season opener a huge success.