Cape Town will host the 38th Asian Racing Conference in 2020.
This was announced on Thursday night in Seoul, during the closing ceremony of the Asian Racing Conference hosted by South Korea.
“It is a great privilege for the NHA to accept South Africa as the Asian Racing Conference destination for 2020,” said Ken Truter, chairman of the National Horseracing Authority, at the conference.
“We are proud and honoured that the Asian Racing Federation has placed such confidence in us. Together with our industry partners we will put much effort and endeavour into making the 2020 conference a resounding success.”
South African Ambassador to South Korea, Nozuko Bam, was equally delighted that the Asian Racing Conference will be returning to South Africa after an absence of 27 years. South Africa was first accepted as a member of the Asian Racing Federation in 1993 and hosted the conference only once before in 1997.
“On behalf of the South African Government, we are delighted the auspicious Asian Racing Conference will take place in our beautiful country in 2020,” she said in a statement issued on behalf of the Asian Racing Federation.
“We will give the local organising committee all our support to ensure that the conference will be enjoyable and memorable. We would like to extend a thank you to the Asian Racing Federation and especially to the National Horseracing Authority of South Africa and its industry partners for making it happen. We will be ready to welcome everyone to the shores of our friendly and exciting country.”
Close on 600 delegates participated in the conference which concluded on Thursday night.
In his closing remarks, Asian Racing Federation and Hong Kong Jockey Club Chief Executive Officer, Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, said the integrity of the sport is an absolute must
“We have presented a vision to create a global brand of racing which is necessary to widen our fan base and create an emotional connection to racing. Wagering is the undeniable lifeblood of our sport, but it is just a product. In terms of developing our fan base, we need to provide an articulated offering, one which establishes an emotional connection for its participants, and especially with our horses,” said Engelbrecht-Bresges.
“The Integrity of the sport is an absolute must. There is no room for ambiguity. The General Assembly of the Asian Racing Federation passed a resolution in which all members endorsed this commitment.
“We have a zero tolerance for racing or training under the influence of doping agents. Integrity is and must be a core value of our industry. It must be embraced by all of the sport’s participants, especially owners, trainers and jockeys. It is the key responsibility of regulators worldwide to ensure that systems, processes and capabilities are in place to mandate and ensure compliance.
“Best practices in horse welfare are absolutely necessary for the sustainability of our industry. The Asian Racing Federation is committed to promoting the further strengthening of the industry’s horse welfare programmes and aftercare initiatives.”