Oman to host first all-women in­ter­na­tional tent peg­ging cham­pi­onship in Nov-Dec

Muscat Daily - - FRONT PAGE - Ashok Puro­hit Mus­cat

Oman will host the in­au­gu­ral In­ter­na­tional Women’s Tent Peg­ging Cham­pi­onship later this year.

Speak­ing to Mus­cat Daily af­ter the com­ple­tion of In­ter­na­tional Tent Peg­ging Fed­er­a­tion (ITPF) World Cup Qual­i­fiers in Salalah on Fri­day, Mo­hammed Issa al Fairuz, the chief of ITPF, said, “Khasab in the Mu­san­dam gov­er­norate has been picked as the venue for the in­au­gu­ral edition of an all-women’s in­ter­na­tional tent peg­ging cham­pi­onship in Novem­ber-De­cem­ber.”

He said that Oman will also field a team and the coun­tries likely to take part are Great Bri­tain, Aus­tralia, Rus­sia, Egypt, Iraq, South Africa and Jor­dan.

“The dates are yet to be fi­nalised but the ITPF board has ap­proved the host­ing of an all-

women’s cham­pi­onship. It will be a boost to women tent peg­ging and hope­fully, it will help bring more women to the sport.”

Fairuz said that women rid­ers

nor­mally com­pete along with men in tent peg­ging com­pe­ti­tion but ITPF was keen to get more women rid­ers in­volved.

“This is the rea­son why the board has given the green sig­nal for an ex­clu­sive women's event. We ex­pect seven-eight coun­tries to take part in the Khasab cham­pi­onship,” he said.

In the re­cently-con­cluded World Cup Group A Qual­i­fiers, the Bri­tish team com­prised one woman rider in Jenna Co­p­ley, who was also a mem­ber of the team that took part in the in­au­gu­ral Tent Peg­ging World Cup in Barka, Oman in 2014. That event had four women rid­ers from Bri­tain and Aus­tralia among the ten par­tic­i­pat­ing teams. “The good thing [about tent peg­ging] is that it pro­vides a level-play­ing field for men and women. It is a sport where speed and ac­cu­racy matter most. It is the ultimate test of horse­man­ship, re­quir­ing de­ter­mi­na­tion, hand-eye co­or­di­na­tion, dis­ci­pline and a fear­less love of speed.”

He said that Khasab, with its beau­ti­ful land­scape, will pro­vide a per­fect back­drop to the first all­women’s cham­pi­onship. “This will be ITPF’s sec­ond in­ter­na­tional cham­pi­onship in Oman this year af­ter the grand suc­cess of in­au­gu­ral In­ter­na­tional Beach Tent Peg­ging Cham­pi­onship in Masirah in March. It un­der­lines the major con­tri­bu­tion of Oman in pro­mot­ing the sport.

“I thank the Min­istry of Sports Af­fairs and other govern­ment agen­cies for their full back­ing to tent peg­ging.”

File photo of a Bri­tish woman rider in ac­tion in 2014 World Cup in Barka

Mo­hammed Issa al Fairuz

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