Jordan held its annual camel race on the outskirts of the capital, Amman, on Sunday (27 April).
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SPORT: CAMEL RACING
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Background: Jordan held its annual camel race on the outskirts of the capital, Amman, on Sunday (27 April).
It is one of the highlights of the Jordanian racing season, and the day's racing attracted a crowd of several thousand.
The races used to be held on the shores of the Dead Sea. This came to an end after the June 1967 Arab-Israeli war. But camel-racing fans insisted the annual event should continue, and it is now held -- under the patronage of King Hussein -- at the Royal Racing Club.
Although camels are dying out as a means of transport in Jordan -- there are only some 5,000 domesticated camels left in the country -- thoroughbred racing camels still remain the pride and joy of their bedou owners. They are bred from the best stock in the world, which is to be found in Oman and Saudi Arabia.
The first race of 2,000 metres (twice round the Club's track) was won by Tarfah in under nine minutes.