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Ironman returns to Muscat in Feb


Muscat – After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, triathlon championship Ironman 70.3 Muscat will be held in February 2022, the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism said.

The fourth edition of the championship to be held in Oman will take place at Qurm beach under the auspices of the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism in cooperation with TriMe Middle East.

The ministry added that a good number of participants representing various countries will take part in the race, considered one of the world’s toughest athletic challenges. It consists of three stages – swimming, cycling and running.
‘The Ironman 70.3 Muscat race aims at raising awareness regarding the triathlon sport across Oman and to serve the organising company’s (TriMe Middle East) vision of adding Oman on the global map of international sporting events,’ the ministry’s statement said.

‘Iron Man is one of the most important sporting events in Oman, because it attracts many athletes and their families from across the world. The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism has been supporting this tournament for several years and contributed to its popularity by facilitating procedures and overcoming obstacles to ensure the establishment of the sports event and simultaneously supporting tourism in an area time which has a diverse terrain and authentic and modern Omani attractions,’ it added.

Ali al Tamimi, founder and CEO of TriMe Middle East, said, “We seek to support tourism through sports in the country, and to enhance the local tourism movement, especially in Muscat, which is unique for its many attractions. We’re prepared on all levels to host this international event, and we know that we’re capable of not only delivering a well-organised race, but also helping Oman become a global destination for such high-quality sporting events.”

Iron Man is a world championship launched in 1978 in Hawaii, USA.

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