Zayed .. Sport is present in his fragrant career

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Everyone agrees that the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, from the rise of his star and his involvement in the management of government affairs in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, then the presidency accepted from the UAE, until the day of his departure on the 19th of Ramadan 1425 AH corresponding to the second From November 2004 he achieved what he promised and achieved exceptional global successes for the UAE in international forums.He has great interest in his countrymen and their inheritance, which only increased his people’s nearness and love.

Equestrian interest

The founding leader’s interest in equestrianism reached a great extent, as he saw it as a natural extension of the Arab and Islamic heritage, and his love, may God have mercy on him, for horses had a great impact on the to establish love of this sport. in the hearts of the people of the country, and because he is one of the Arab knights, this sport was fascinated by him through the stages of his life And it was preceded by the founding of the state, when he Ash’ab stables established. for purebred Arabian horses in 1969, in the desert, along with other stables equipped with the latest international standards.

In 1980, he set up a program for breeding purebred Arabian horses, and encouraged the people of the country to buy the best horses, follow the races and take part in them, as he believed that horse riding was the message. of the past, with his spontaneity and antiquity for the present and the future with all his modernity He was also eager to organize and sponsor many races Annual and monitor many prizes to encourage participants.

For the sake of the general sports renaissance, and horses in particular, he, may God have mercy on him, founded in 1992 the establishment of the Equestrian and Racing Federation in order to establish the administrative and organizational structures capable of to manage equestrian and equestrian sports. horse racing, including show jumping, ability and endurance racing. In turn, the Federation established the Emirates Horse Racing Association in 1993 with the aim of organizing and supervising track racing across the country.

In addition to the Equestrian Federation, he has established many clubs and organizations interested in this sport.The Emirates Racing Association “Jockey Club” was established in 1990, in order to maintain the purity of the breeds of Arabian horses in the country, whether imported or bred locally, by registering and documenting the descendants of all horses. For this purpose, the Society issued many records of the genealogical register of purebred Arabian horses, including the documentation data of a large number of horses.

At the level of clubs, many of them were established in several Emirates, especially the Equestrian Club in Abu Dhabi in the Mushrif region in 1976, according to the instructions of the founding leader, may his soul rest in peace. Equestrian clubs were also established in Al Ain , Dubai and Sharjah, alongside the Ajman Equestrian, Racing and Shooting Club, and the Ghantoot Club specialize in polo. , Rural Equestrian.

Therefore, it was natural in the light of his interest, may God have mercy on him, for equestrianism to run in the name of the Emirates in the races of the world, through the series of races of the founding leader “may God rest his soul” for the purebred Arabian horses, which he introduced in 1994 as a message of love and peace from the Emirates to the various peoples of the world in Europe and Asia And America, and perhaps its resounding achievements confirm the fruits of that interest, as since its first participation in the 1996 World Endurance Championships hosted by the US state of Kansas, the UAE has reached horses that others have not reached, which fully qualified them for the 1998 World Endurance Championships. to host, and also won the title of World Championships held in Malaysia 2008.

Endurance sports reached the top when His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, may God protect him, snatched the gold medal at the World Endurance Championships in Austin Park, England, and the Arab Knight led the UAE to take the lead, also at team level. To complement Sheikh Zayed’s approach, may God rest his soul, in the care of horses as a legacy of the ancestors, many entities associated with them were established, and the Emirates International Endurance Village was established in 2000 in Al Wathba founded.

The Bu Dheeb Endurance Village was also inaugurated in 2004. The 160km His Highness the President’s Endurance Cup, first introduced in 2000, is the most prominent event at the endurance race level, as it is the richest race ever held. in the world, and the most prominent international and local jockeys from around the world take part in GCC countries, America and Europe.

Camel and falcon

His close association with the heritage of his homeland and his profound awareness of the importance of preserving and reviving it is one of the most prominent features that distinguished the personality of Sheikh Zayed, may God rest his soul, for he was eager to retain the vocabulary of heritage present in Emirati society, especially those associated with customs, traditions and etiquette inherited from parents and grandparents, such as sport Hunting with hawks, with which he was associated, and a expert in its origin and art, and an important reference in that field. Sheikh Zayed practiced falconry as one of the most important sports that his sons inherited from their fathers and grandfathers in the Gulf region and the island.

The late founder published a summary of his experience in the field of falconry in the book “The Sport of Falconry” published in 1976, which is an important reference in this ancient sport and perhaps the widest and most accurate of these references are because the information included in the book comes from practice and experience.

The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, launched the International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition in its first session in 2003, and the exhibition was honored to visit it at the time, and he ordered at that time that the exhibition be on a global level and is launched once a year from Abu Dhabi.The exhibition was organized in 2004 in Abu Dhabi. Football also experienced its greatest success as the Emirati Al-White qualified for the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

Sport … and Zayed’s mind

Media colleague Mohammed Al-Joker, author of the book “Sports in the Thought of Zayed”, confirmed that the memory of the death of the state’s founder, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, “may God rest his soul”, recalls the noble meanings and values ​​laid down by the founding father in the Emirati society, which bore fruit. And it was ripe, and everyone tasted his harvest and enjoyed his shades.

He added: The values ​​that Zayed Al-Khair inculcated were not limited to giving, altruism and doing good, but spread everywhere and expanded their branches in the corners of society to offer all these noble meanings, which we are still bagged, and we drink from their details. He pointed out that those values ​​inculcated by Sheikh Zayed, “may God rest his soul,” did not stop at the political, social and intellectual meanings, but extended to all aspects of life in our beloved country, especially the sports sector, which is an important part of society. .

Al Joker said: In 2018, I published the book “Sports in Zayed’s Thought” to shed light on the founder’s role in the growth and prosperity of the UAE sport, and on the infrastructure and facilities for all sports in the country to strengthen, and this is an aspect of which few are aware in the personality of the late Sheikh Zayed, although he has an important and influential aspect, this book has highlighted this bright side in his personality.

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