Libya: The new national unity government has recognised the importance of horse racing to the country by bringing the sport under the direct control of the council of ministers.
In a historic step, the affiliation of the Libyan Horse Racing Authority was last week transferred from the ministry of sport to the council under the direction of prime minister Abdel Hamid Dbeibah.
In May after years of bloody conflict Libya staged its first race meeting for two and a half years, the Al Jaied Cup Carnival at Misurata racecourse.
Prime minister Dbeibah was among a crowd of more than 6,000 to witness the return of Libya’s second-most popular sport.
“It seems that Mr Dbeibah, by virtue of his investment mentality, is the one who pushed to take this wise decision,“ said Dr Amad Ashaab, chairman of the Libyan Horse Racing Authority.
“With this big step, we expect great support for the authority through the establishment of racetracks with integrated facilities, as well as a stipulation in one of the articles to transfer the authority to the Council of Ministers to establish an annual award under the patronage of the prime minister.
“This award will be valuable and could be international, giving another dimension to horse racing. Thank you to the prime minister for this important step.”