Friday, March 11, 2016

Camel Racing

In our barangay (Cangmating, Sibulan), when it comes to cable television, we have only one choice regarding which company we can access - Fil Products. When we were living in barangay Poblacion we had Sky Cable; they're not available here. I'm not complaining, just giving the facts.

With our cable, we have 120 television stations, not all of those stations, of course are Filipino stations. We have local networks, but we also have News, Sports, Educational and Entertainment channels from all over the world. We have stations from the U.S., Australia, Europe and Asia. We get stations broadcasting in nearly every language imaginable; Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, French, German...yeah, and even English, Tagalog and Visayan.

One of the Sports channels available to us is an Arabic language channel from Qatar, Al-Kass Sports.

Last night, while channel surfing, I came upon camel racing on Al-Kass. Several questions came to my mind, regarding this camel race, which went unanswered due to my not being able to understand anything being said.

For one thing, as one can see from the photo I took of my television screen, there were no riders on the camels. This contradicts photos found on the wikipedia article covering the subject.

Why are the camels riderless? How can the promoters be certain the camels will continue to run without a jockey guiding them and pushing them in the right direction?

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