The Malian Federation of Equestrian Sports organized, on Sunday May 29, at the Champ Hippique de Bamako, the 2022 edition of the Grand Prix Pmu-Mali. At the end of the races, the horse Maradona of Awa Kouma of the Chelsea stable of Madoufing Ndiaye won the flag of victory by outclassing his adversaries in the test of cracks, a race reserved for the best local horses of the season.
The races of this Pmu-Mali Grand Prix were chaired by Bourama Touré, Chief of Staff at the Ministry of Economy and Finance; in the presence of Fassery Doumbia, Director General of Pmu-Mali; Mohamed Haïdara, president of the Malian Federation of Equestrian Sports. There were many horse owners and Pmu-Mali workers who came to attend the event.
After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Malian Equestrian Sports Federation has just resumed this major competition. This 2022 edition of the Pmu-Mali Grand Prix brought together 96 horses from different stables of the Bamako Horse Field and the Nioro du Sahel League.
The horses were divided into six races, two of which were devoted to small horses, one to half-cracks, one for super-cracks, one reserved for thoroughbreds and a race for cracks reserved for the best local horses.
Before starting the races, the president of the Malian Federation of Equestrian Sports indicated that this Pmu-Mali Grand Prix is undoubtedly the biggest and most important event on their agenda because it will award the best horses and jockeys in the ‘year.
“Three categories of horses will participate in this competition: local horses, horses of improved blood and purebred horses.–blood. I would like, on this occasion, to congratulate our horse owners who have invested colossal sums for the acquisition of these horses coming from other horizons. This is to tell you that, more than ever, we need your support to begin, as a matter of urgency, the improvement of the horse breed in our country”. he will say, addressing the director general of Pmu-Mali.
He added that Mali is a historic land of breeding and agriculture, so nothing should prevent the country from producing beautiful and majestic horses. “A short time ago, we welcomed with great satisfaction the desire expressed by you of the possibility of transferring the headquarters of Pmu-Mali to the Bamako horse racing field and therefore helping us to build a racecourse. worthy of the name. In addition, the creation of a horse and equestrian field in Bamako, regularly adopted by the Council of Ministers, should help us there”he suggested, before thanking the Pmu-Mali for the budgetary contribution, since it is the basis of all the activities of the Federation.
These are the small horses that started the races of this 2022 edition of the Grand Prix Pmu-Mali. The first race of the small horses was won by the horse Lagaré of Boubacar Tandia, followed by the horse Pretoria of Boubacar Maïga dit Poker and the third place went to the horse Christ-Waddle. As for the second race, it was won by the horse Kouma et frères of Moctar Kouma, followed by the horse Navigator of Alou Ndiaye and the third place for the horse Cumbe Jumbo of Sadia Ndiaye.
The half-crack race was won by Ali Konaté’s horse Boidié, followed by Fatoumata Gassama’s Black Label horse and third place went to Tamba Sylla’s horse Baba Hama. The horse Alberto from the League of Nioro won the super-cracks event, followed by the horse Sylla Biba of Mahamadou Massaba Sylla and the horse Sani from the League of Nioro.
The course reserved for thoroughbreds (horses of an improved breed) was won by the Nucléaire horse of the League of Nioro, followed by the horse Figuira of Mamadou Kéita and the third went to the horse Paye of Astan Ndiaye.
The race of cracks reserved for the best local horses was won by the horse Maradona of Awa Kouma, followed by the horse Bachar of Hawa Haïdara and the third place for the horse Saramani of Mamadou Traoré.
The winners of each event received, in addition to the trophy, a symbolic envelope as a reward for the jockeys.
PMU-Mali makes a huge contribution to State revenue
During this 2022 edition of the PMU-Mali Grand Prix, Bourama Touré, chief of staff to the Minister of Economy and Finance, clarified that the PMU-Mali contributes enormously to State revenue. “PMU-Mali is a semi-public company which is 75% owned by the State of Mali. Also, it is obvious that the revenue generated by PMU-Mali contributes enormously to State revenue. This is why, there is a great interest for the Minister of Economy and Finance so that the rules of good governance are observed at the level of PMU-Mali. I am very happy to come and follow the races of this PMU-Mali Grand Prix and with everyone, we understand that there is also a great enthusiasm around this discipline in Mali”he hinted.
Investing for the improvement of the horse breed in Mali
At the end of the race, the managing director of PMU-Mali gave an interview to journalists in order to deliver his impressions on the organization of the Grand Prix. “I have a very strong and positive impression because we just participated, just a week ago in the African Grand Prix in Morocco, a first in Africa. But, I can guarantee you that the enthusiasm that we have just seen here at the Champ Hippique de Bamako is higher than those we have seen in Morocco. This proves the interest of the Malian public in equestrian sports that we must support. The innovations that we intend to bring to the Malian Federation of Equestrian Sports and which are part of the missions of PMU-Mali by the texts of the company are to see how we can quickly put in place a strategy to improve the horse breed .
Concretely, it is a question of making sure that the horses are more thoroughbreds, high quality horses and which can compete validly outside of Mali. There is also an axis for training, that is to say the training of trainers and jockeys so that beyond ordinary racing these jockeys can take on other roles such as training horses.
Then there is the question of equipment, that is to say in the coming days we will provide the Federation with photofinish cameras and starting-block equipment”he said.
Mohamed Haïdara, President of the Malian Federation of Equestrian Sports:
“The PMU-Mali Grand Prix is one of the most important events on our agenda”
Today, the Malian Federation of Equestrian Sports under the leadership of Mohamed Haïdara is doing well in terms of the audience of this discipline among horse racing lovers. In this interview, he signs and persists that equestrian sports are a source of pride for Mali.
Today-Mali: How are equestrian sports doing in Mali today?
Mohamed Haidara: Equestrian sports are a source of pride for Mali today. More than ever we are inscribed in the annals of horse racing in the sub-region. As proof, our latest trips to Burkina and Senegal. We are currently in Senegal, for the Grand Prix de la renaissance 2022 edition scheduled for this weekend in Thiès. Mali is strongly represented.
You have just organized the 2022 edition of the PMU-Mali Grand Prix. So what are your feelings at the end of this competition?
The PMU Grand Prix is one of the most important events on our calendar. It brought together the best horses in Mali and this edition saw the participation of more than 100 horses. It is also an opportunity to review our grievances vis-à-vis PMU-Mali, which is our official sponsor. The competition was great and we hope that our expectations will be up to our expectations.
Are you satisfied with the organization of this major horse racing event?
Perfect organization and a clear improvement on the security side. We are now the second largest sports audience in this country. This is to tell you that horse racing occupies an important place.
Today, can we say that PMU-Mali is a strategic partner for the federation?
Absolutely. The latest statements by the general manager of PMU-Mali, Fassery Doumbia leave us dreaming of a better future and we will see to it.
What do you expect from PMU-Mali?
Let him play his part. Its primary vocation is the improvement of the horse breed and we await the promises made.
What are the major projects of the Federation to better develop equestrian sports in Mali?
Soon, we will have our national stud farms and are working on having the headquarters of PMU-Mali transferred to the Champ Hippique de Bamako. In return, they will be able to help us set up a racecourse worthy of the name. May Allah facilitate!
What about today with the production of horses of the improved breed?
Once the stud farms are in place, we will be able to have our first foals naturally. This is my most ardent wish. Our efforts will no longer be in vain.
Directed by El Hadj AB HAIDARA
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