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Posted On: 6 October 2010 02:59 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Qatar to see regional revival of lost equestrian sport

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Doha will host the regional revival of djerid, an oriental equestrian sport from the 16th century, during the ‘Horse Games and Horse Sports Exhibition’, which will open on October 14. The five-month-long exhibition will feature a broad range of equestrian sports, from the traditional ones to more sophisticated performances that are a part of the Olympics and international equestrian events. In djerid, two teams of horsemen try to score points by throwing wooden javelins, of up to one metre in length, at each other. The game was abolished 150 years ago and has since been revived in Turkey. However, this is the first time it will be played in the Arab region. The ‘Horse Games and Horse Sports Exhibition’ is being organised by the Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum (part of Qatar Museums Authority) in collaboration with the Qatar Olympic Committee and Qatar Equestrian Federation. A traditional Qatari horse-rider show and the revival of djerid will take place at 7pm on October 13 at the Qatar Equestrian Federation on Al Furousiya Street, Al Rayyan. The event is open to the public. The exhibition will open to the public the next day, and will last till March 20, 2011.