DUBAI, 11th February, 2018 (WAM) — Tiny tots some just three years old followed in the footsteps of their fathers and grandparents by displaying their love for falcons and falconry as a sport when they participated in the sixth edition of the “Fakhr Al Ajyal” or “Pride of the Generation” Championship for Falconry Telwah, organised and supervised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Centre, HHC, in Dubai on Saturday.
There was some keen competition in four events Tabaa Wahish Car and Cash, Jeer Tabaa Car and Cash with 13-year-old Mubarak Rashed Saeed Al Kindi producing four winners among the top three ranks and 10-year-old Sultan Hamad Ahmed Bin Mijrin bagging the seventh win of his career.
Abdullah Hamdan bin Dalmook, CEO of HHC, graced the award ceremony for juniors in the presence of Rashid Bin Markhan, Deputy CEO at HCC, Mohammed Abdullah Bin Dalmook, Director of Corporate Support at HHC, and Dumaithan bin Sweidan, Head of the Fazza Championships – Falconry Committee.
Hamad Rashid Bin Mijrin’s father, Rashid, was not disappointed that his three-year-old son a winner at the Fazza Championship for Falconry Telwah last month had to settle for the second place in the Tabaa Wahish Car event.
“I am actually very happy because just two days ago Hamad told me even if I get fifth place I will be happy. I do not believe in teaching my son only about winning. Participating is more important,” said Rashid Bin Mijrin, who started taking Hamad to the desert when he was just two and half years old.
Ahmed Juma Al Falahi, one of the smallest contestants, has started racing falcons even before he starts schooling.
“He is going to join kindergarten this season. When I have falcons, he watches what his father is doing. When he saw me on television during a competition he got excited and said he wanted to do like me. I brought him to participate in Dubai first time. He liked it. He started talking about it every day to family and friends,” said Juma Abdullah Hareb Al Falahi about his three-year-old son’s passion for falconry.
Marwan Bin Mijrin, whose eight-year-old son Khalid came third in the Tabaa Wahish Cash event, also said participation is more important than winning. ” participating, enjoying and doing it right. Every weekend he is with his falcons and during school holidays he is always with falcons,” said Marwan bin Mijrin.
Sultan Ahmed Bin Mijrin, who won the Tabaa Wahish Cash race, said the secret of his success was training the bird himself.
“I love falconry because it is our culture. I find falconry more exciting than doing sports in schools. You have to train the bird by yourself. Do not let anyone train it for you. Then you have a connection,” said Sultan who named his winning falcon “Rashid” after his younger brother.
Mubarak Rashed Saeed Al Kindi, who won the Tabaa Wahish Car and Jeer Tabaa Cash events, said he was pleased to continue a family tradition. “My brothers helped me to win. This is not the first time I am winning. I have won titles every year I have participated,” he said.
UAE’s first-ever Olympic champion Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Hasher Al Maktoum said it was important to strike a balance between practicing heritage sports and Olympic disciplines.
“My son takes part in shooting, cycling and also falconry after school. In school, he tries to do everything not just focus on one thing. Heritage sport is our passion. We must take care of our identity. At the same time to raise our flag in the international arena, we must also focus on Olympic sports,” said Al Maktoum, who won the men’s double trap in shooting at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.