Five show jumping teams held up on way to the Olympics

  • Five teams of show jumping horses traveling to the Olympic competitions in Hong Kong have been held up on their journey due to a tropical storm.

    The 24 horses, from the American, Chinese, United Arab Emirates, Australian and Saudi Arabian teams, were due to arrive at Hong Kong today (Wednesday) from Amsterdam.

    But due to the level 8 typhoon Kummuri, the Australian and Saudi horses have been held in Dubai for 24 hours to allow the weather to improve.

    They are being held at the stables of Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed, who is the husband of International Equestrian Federation president Princess Haya. The other teams have not left Amsterdam.

    In Hong Kong the British and other teams were confined to indoor facilities while the tropical storm raged.

    But British team leader Will Connell told H&H that the storm had abated and all was normal again at 5.30pm local time. “It’s all perfectly fine now,” he said.

    Flags, hoardings and barriers have been blown down around the Olympic venue at Sha Tin but there is no permanent damage.

    Don’t miss H&H’s full report from the Olympic eventing in Hong Kong — on sale Friday 15 August.

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