Final countdown to Ironman Championship begins
(Manama) – The final countdown to the IRONMAN 70.3 Middle East Championship has begun with the Organising Committee putting the final touches on the preparations ahead of hosting the event. To be held under the patronage of HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, the event is expected to showcase elite international superstars alongside participants from Bahrain and GCC states.
The General Manager of the Championship Mr. Ahmed Al Hajj, who is also a member in the Supreme Organising Committee, revealed that work is ongoing at full swing according to the initial plans made for holding the event amid tremendous efforts from the Organising Committee members to give the Championship the success it deserves.
Mr. Al Hajj hailed the keenness of HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, representative of His Majesty the King for Charity Works and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, President of Bahrain Olympic Committee, to partitcipate in the practice races, which in turn encouraged Bahraini youths to take part. “The Organising Committee was very keen to hold several practice races to allow the participants to get a first-hand experience of the track accomodating the event. Over 300 cyclists competed in the cycling race, which was the final practice race. All the participants were very happy to be part of the race, and we are very excited ahead of the Championship,” Mr. Al Hajj said.
“The cycling race was very successfully not just in terms of the number of participants, but also because none of the participants faced any injury or technical problem,” he continued, applauding the number of Bahraini participants who contested in the event.
“The up-coming week is very important as the event is edging close. We will make sure to maintain the same volume of efforts to ensure the event is a huge success,” he concluded.