KIB’s showjump­ing team pre­pares for next sea­son in The Nether­lands

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Bank (KIB) an­nounced that the team of showjump­ing cham­pi­ons it spon­sors, and who com­pete un­der the Bank’s name, re­cently de­parted for a train­ing camp in The Nether­lands in prepa­ra­tion for the up­com­ing eques­trian sea­son. The KIB showjump­ing team, which fea­tures jock­eys Ghazi Al-Ju­raei, Ah­mad AlMu­da­heka, Ab­dul­lah Ha­madah and Ah­mad Al-An­sari, is set to take part in sev­eral in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions across Europe in the up­com­ing few months.

“Our spon­sor­ship of these tal­ented ath­letes comes as part of our mis­sion to of­fer sup­port and en­cour­age­ment to the youth of Kuwait, es­pe­cially in the field of sports,” said Nawaf Na­jia, Man­ager of the Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Unit at KIB. “In sup­port­ing these young tal­ents, we hope to boost the lo­cal sports cul­ture and help this gen­er­a­tion of ris­ing sports stars make a name for them­selves on the re­gional, and even in­ter­na­tional, sports scene. The KIB showjump­ing team’s slew of ac­co­lades in var­i­ous lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions is the best tes­ta­ment to what our young ath­letes can achieve, and at KIB we are proud to be a part of their jour­ney.”

Na­jia con­tin­ued by prais­ing the strong per­for­mance de­liv­ered by the dif­fer­ent mem­bers of the showjump­ing team. He stressed that their un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to con­tin­u­ous train­ing has been a clear fac­tor which has led to the team’s re­mark­able progress. He added: “By con­tin­u­ing to suc­ceed and ex­cel on mul­ti­ple lev­els, the showjump­ing team has man­aged to pave the road for many aspiring jock­eys, and these young cham­pi­ons con­tinue to in­spire an en­tire gen­er­a­tion of up­com­ing eques­trian tal­ents. We wish these young eques­tri­ans the very best of luck and we hope to see even greater suc­cesses in the up­com­ing sea­son, both re­gion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.”

On his part, Ghazi Al-Ju­raei, one of the team’s jock­eys and a mem­ber of the Board of Di­rec­tors of the Hunt­ing and Eques­trian Club, ex­pressed his de­light for par­tic­i­pat­ing with his team­mates in this in­ten­sive train­ing camp. He also lauded the fi­nan­cial and moral sup­port of­fered by KIB, rep­re­sented by the Bank’s Chair­man, Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Jar­rah Al Sabah, as the Bank seeks to nur­ture this no­ble sport, with it long, rich his­tory dat­ing back sev­eral gen­er­a­tions. Al-Ju­raei fur­ther noted that in prepa­ra­tion for next sea­son’s tour­na­ments, the showjump­ing team has pur­chased new horses from the Nether­lands for more en­hanced train­ing.

Mean­while, Ab­dul­lah Ha­madah noted that to­day, showjump­ing has reached im­pres­sive lev­els in Kuwait, manag­ing to over­come many chal­lenges and bar­ri­ers along the way. As a re­sult of this no­table progress, the sport is ex­pected to wit­ness sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ments dur­ing the next sea­son, as many eques­tri­ans from across sports clubs in Kuwait con­tinue to pre­pare and train for the chal­lenges that lie ahead.

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