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Oman bags two gold medals at Al Ula tent pegging event

18 Dec 2023 Oman bags two gold medals at Al Ula tent pegging event By MOHAMMED TAHA

Muscat – Omani tent pegging team bagged two gold medals on the first two days of the Al Ula Tent Pegging Championship, which began in Medina, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday.

Omani rider Aahed Khamis al Balushi won gold medal on the first day of the championship, while the sultanate’s national team took gold in the sword competition on Monday.

The tournament witnessed strong competitions on Sunday. Omani knight Aahed snatched gold in the individual category of the quad competition. The silver medal was won by Saudi knight Hassan al Asiri, while Kuwait’s Abdullah al Daihani bagged the bronze medal.

In the individual sword competition, two Omani knights won two medals missing the gold for the country. Safwan bin Zaid al Maamari won the silver medal and Hamad bin Saif al Raisi won the bronze medal.

Speaking to Muscat Daily from Saudi Arabia, Aahed al Balushi said, “The championship, a global event attracting the elite riders, witnessed participation of 11 countries, including Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, the UAE, Iraq, Jordan, Russia, Canada, South Africa, Kuwait, and Iran.

Talking about the preparation for the tournament, he said that the Omani tent pegging members had a month-long camp at Al Rahba Farm, in addition to competing in various events organised by the Oman Equestrian Federation throughout the year.

These events immensely help knights to prepare for various regional and international tournaments, he added. 

“A rider needs daily training, patience and determination to achieve good results,” he explained.

Aahed extended his gratitude to those who supported him during his training, including other fellow riders from Oman. 

The Omani gold medalist encouraged the youth of his country to take part in this particular sport that has every element to build one’s personality.

He expressed a strong desire to continue representing Oman in international tournaments and take the Omani flag to various global event.

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