Rules governing camel races vary from nation to nation. For example, in the UAE, a total of 25-30 participants participate in organised races.
All trainers and camel owners gather before a race to decide in which category their camel is going to participate in. This includes distance and classes and is based on gender, age, and sex. The length of the race course also depends on individual camel. I.e., Younger ones run 4 KM while the older ones run up to 10 KM. However, an average adult racing camel can reach the speed of up to 32-40 KMPH.
Most camels begin racing at the age of two or three and retire at eight or nine.
Camel Racing originated from the 7th century CE Arabian Penninsula. People organised camel races on traditional occasions. Hosting informal competitions as part of the tradition kept on going in Arabia until the last three decades of the twentieth century when people started organising races on a formal basis.
Organisations were founded to administer and control camel racing events and to formulate rules and regulations. After that, the popularity of camel racing soared high enough to make it a worldwide recognised sport.
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