Emirati falconer Khalifa Bin Mijren is off to a flyer at the Fazza Championships
Team F3-K headed by top Emirati falconer Khalifa Bin Mijren ruled the roost on the first day of the Fazza Championship for Falconry – Telwah in Dubai Tuesday.
Organised and supervised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Centre (HHC), F3-K clocked the fastest times in all three disciplines (Trophy, Car and Cash) of the Jeer Shaheen Farkh event in the Sheikhs category to kick-off the event in style.
Al Dhafra Falcons team and YLS shared the honours in the Jeer Shaheen Jernas event in the Sheikhs category.
The first day of competition under the new format in which every event is a final saw the participation of more than 180 falcons of the highest quality.
Team F3-K began the Trophy event in style clocking the day’s fastest time of 17.824 seconds setting the pace in brilliant sunshine with its maiden entry. Al Dhafra Falcons team were in the running for second place after their entry clocked 17.891 seconds, but were upstaged by another F3-K team entry which clocked 17.833, just 0.009 seconds off the winner’s pace.
In an ominous sign of what to expect during the next fortnight, Khalifa Bin Mijrin said the falcons were not so fast because it is the first race of the season.
“Some of the falcons are just warming up. It is a new season. They can go faster than this. However, there will be tough competition in every race with fractions of seconds separating the winners as seen in this race,” said Khalifa Bin Mijrin after winning the opening event.
In the Cars category, a keen tussle for supremacy was witnessed between F3-K and Al Dhafra Falcons.
F3-K entry 81Madrid soared to victory in the Jeer Shaheen Farkh (Cars) in the Sheikhs category clocking the best time of 18.183 seconds after another F3-K entry set the pace clocking 18.504. Al Dhafra Falcons team had the satisfaction of grabbing second place when their entry clocked 18.213, just .030 seconds off the winner’s pace.
Team F3-K swept the first three places Jeer Shaheen Farkh (Cash) event in the Sheikhs category.
F3-K were finally upstaged by YLS team in the Jeer Shaheen Jernas (Trophy) event in the Sheikhs category, winning the race in 17.508 seconds.
Ms. Suad Ibrahim Darwish, Director of Championships at HHC, said the change in the tournament format has produced a high standard of competition and more professionalism.
She said: “We begin 2018 with full of optimism in the ‘Year of Sheikh Zayed’ and have a big responsibility to achieve success in heritage-based championships. Our challenge is to achieve our goals and realize our vision by showing the best of our culture and showcase Emirati culture through sports. We have provided the best facilities for the falcons and falconers to show their full potential.”