Oman tent peg­ging team gears up for World Cup in UAE

Oman Daily Observer - - LOCAL - SPORTS RE­PORTER MUS­CAT, OCT 13

Oman tent peg­ging na­tional team is gear­ing up to take part in the third edi­tion of World Cup 2018 which will be hosted by the United Arab Emi­rates (UAE). The World Cup will held from Oc­to­ber 28 to Novem­ber 3 in Abu Dhabi.

The Sul­tanate, where the first edi­tion of tent peg­ging World Cup was held, and the na­tional team play­ers are keen to regis­ter top po­si­tions. In the first edi­tion, the na­tional team was placed in the sec­ond po­si­tion while in sec­ond edi­tion in Egypt, Omani rid­ers fin­ished in the fourth place.

The Sul­tanate rid­ers have a de­cent chance to regis­ter a good per­for­mance in the event due to the ef­fi­cient tech­ni­cal lev­els of the Sul­tanate rid­ers. Also, lo­cal rid­ers had ad­e­quate ex­pe­ri­ence to reach the fi­nals round and stand at the podi­ums as the Sul­tanate team were po­si­tioned sec­ond in the lat­est in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment in Khasab with a very small gap than the cham­pi­ons South Africa team.

The lo­cal coach, Manssor al Mahrouqi, head coach of the Oman tent peg­ging na­tional team, pre­ferred to have an in­ter­nal camp at Al Rahba Farm in Barka.

The team had be­gun their prepa­ra­tion on Au­gust 24 from Al Rahba farm where all the fa­cil­i­ties are avail­able for the team to have their train­ing ses­sions there. The tech­ni­cal coach­ing staff pro­vided a de­tailed train­ing pro­gramme for all the rid­ers to pre­pare as per their cat­e­gories that will par­tic­i­pate in the in­ter­na­tional event. The main ben­e­fit of cur­rent in­ter­nal camp is that Ye­men team will have an ex­ter­nal camp in the Sul­tanate at same venue.

There­fore, the Oman rid­ers will have a bet­ter op­por­tu­nity to ex­change tech­ni­cal ex­pe­ri­ence with Ye­meni rid­ers through some com­mon tech­ni­cal friendly com­pe­ti­tions. The in­ter­nal train­ing camp for the Sul­tanate rid­ers will con­clude on Oc­to­ber 26 when Oman’s del­e­ga­tion will travel to UAE.

Some new faces and join­ers to the Sul­tanate team squad such as Rider Omar Said al Hasani who has been dis­cov­ered re­cently and he sup­ported the team at the last tour­na­ment in Khasab to po­si­tioned in sec­ond place.

The rest of the squad in­cluded reg­u­lar name of rid­ers as they have the re­quired ex­pe­ri­ence to com­pete with other teams on the top po­si­tions. The tech­ni­cal coach­ing staff will de­pend on num­ber of rid­ers fea­tur­ing: Hi­lal Has­san al Balushi, cap­tain of the team who will be fea­tur­ing in his third World Cup.

There will also be Zaid al Maa­mari, who is par­tic­i­pat­ing for the sec­ond time in the World Cup and Hamed al Riyami, who claimed the best rider award in the lat­est in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment in Khasab. SPORTS MIN­IS­TER MEETS

NA­TIONAL TEAM On the other hand, Shaikh Saad bin Moa­hammed al Saadi, Min­is­ter of Sports Af­fairs, met with the mem­bers of tent peg­ging na­tional team re­cently at Al Rahba Farm in Barka in pres­ence of Sayyid Mund­her bin Saif al Bu­saidi, Chair­man of Eques­trian As­so­ci­a­tion. The min­is­ter at­tended part of na­tional team train­ing ses­sions and en­cour­aged them to present the best tech­ni­cal per­for­mance at the event to raise the Sul­tanate flag and scored top po­si­tions.

Later, the sports min­is­ter went around the Al Rahba Farm to look for the re­cent ad­di­tional fa­cil­i­ties and in­fra­struc­ture that have been added to the eques­trian area of the farm prior to the start of the sea­son.

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