Adil Al Balushi
Muscat, Sept 13
The International Tent Pegging Federation (ITPF) President Mohammed bin Issa al Fairuz announced the programme of forthcoming events and championships scheduled for 2022-23 season at a press conference at the ITPF headquarters in Muscat on Tuesday.
Al Fairuz announced that Oman will host second group qualifiers of Tent Pegging World championships during March 5 to 7, 2023. The hosts Oman will compete with teams from the Netherlands, Kuwait, Yemen, Germany, Iraq and the USA.
The first group qualifiers will be staged in Egypt and the other teams in fray are Palestine, UK, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar and Malaysia. The qualifiers will take place in the mid of next January.
Pakistan will host the third qualifying group which will feature teams from Nepal, Iran, Australia, Syria and Jordan from February 15 to 17, 2023. The fourth group will be hosted by Sudan and other teams in fray include Canada, India, Bahrain, Norway, Sri Lanka and South Africa. This group matches are scheduled during January 18-20, 2023.
The chief of ITPF stated that the fourth edition of the 2023 ITPF Tent Pegging World championship will take place in South Africa from August 23 to 26, 2023 in presence of nine countries including the hosts. Eight teams from the four groups will advance to the finals and the hosts have confirmed their spot.
“Besides the World championship and the qualifier of the groups to the top major event, there are several major tent pegging (Grand-Prix) events and championships which are dedicated for women, junior U-19, Youth U-21, Masters, Military, Universities student and the international friendly championships. We have received different applications from the members of ITPF and the announcement of the hosting cities with exact dates of events will be declared soon,” he said.
JORDAN TO HOST WOMEN'S GP
The President of ITPF, which is based in Muscat, affirmed that Jordan are all set to host the International Women Tent Pegging Championship (Grand-Prix) which will be staged in Al Batraa city, Jordan, during September 22 to 24, 2023. As many as 14 countries confirmed their attendance including: Jordan, Oman, Sudan, Russia, Belorussia, UK, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Norway, India, South Africa, Pakistan, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.
“On the sidelines of the championship, many coaching and umpiring courses will take place with participation of more than 41 candidates from different countries,” he added.
Regarding efforts to secure a slot for tent pegging in the Olympic Games, Al Fairuz responded: "This is one of our major dreams and we are working hard for securing a slot for the game in Olympics. There are many requirements to meet the approval. We have started our official communication with International Olympic Committee (IOC). One of the main requirement is to raise the number of the members in the federation to 50 members and above. Currently, the ITPF has 42 members and there is a plan to reach to 50 soon. Also, there are some other required technical requirement and documents which are under revision status by sub-committees to raise it for final approval to the general assembly and board level. After meeting the requirements, we will approach the IOC for the their final confirmation and approval,” the Omani official clarified.
Mohammed bin Issa al Fairuz concluded his comments with media persons by updating the new classification of umpiring and coaching grades which will be implemented in early 2023. “Three grades for umpiring are approved including bronze, silver and gold badges and for each badge there are certain rules and regulations required to meet including to pass some exams and attendance in international events.”