For the first time in 11 years, spectators in the Syrian city of Latakia were able to see horse races at the newly renovated hippodrome. The president of the Syrian Olympic Committee, Firas Muala, spoke about the importance of the event for the country.
He said the sporting festivities help bring people together and show that life in the region is gradually getting better. Muala also noted that competitions used to be held every year, but with the outbreak of war there was no time for them. During the war a refugee camp was located on the territory of the renovated hippodrome.
From this year onwards the Latakia horse races will be held on a regular basis. It is noted that this measure should also encourage people to breed thoroughbred horses. The owner of the horse that came first in the last race, Ahmed Al-Harad, said that Syria used to be famous for the best Arabian horses in the world.
“During the war, of course, many thoroughbred horses died, but gradually their breeding is being revived and stud farms are being reopened,” the man added.
A total of seven races were held during the competition, in which 53 thoroughbred Arabian horses took part. Competitions were held over distances of 1,000, 1,250, 1,800 and 2,250 meters.
In early July, it was reported that in the Syrian province of Aleppo, the construction of a solar-powered power plant had begun, which should provide energy for the entire industrial area of the region.