Two couples from Texas took part in what has become almost a national sport in Egypt - camel racing.
1. LV Camels being prepared near pyramids. 0.05
2. SV & CU Camels dressed for race. 0.10
3. CUs Radio strapped to camel and headphones being put on competitor. (2 SHOTS) 0.17
4. LV & CU Exhibition of horsemanship. (2 SHOTS) 0.37
5. SV & CU Musicians. (2 SHOTS) 0.48
6. CU Competitor speaking. (SOT) 0.53
7. SVs Spectators watch as race begins. (2 SHOTS) 1.24
8. LV & CU Trophy awarded. (2 SHOTS) 1.31
TRANSCRIPT: COMPETITORS: (SEQ 6) "We've been training and we're reading. We've had a good meal and we're reading to get on with the race."
SPORT: CAMEL RACING
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Background: GIZA, EGYPT
Two couples from Texas took part in what has become almost a national sport in Egypt - camel racing. The first Cairo Cup race was broadcast live to the United States and the couples were fixed up with a radio link to Texans at home. The callers asked questions as the contestants actually participated in the race. The precarious pastime left the competitors breathless. Both couples had won a competition in the US describing in poems why they wanted to compete. Linda Poole and Wallis Wembish beat their compatriots, Gloria and Jake Scherer to the finishing line. They received a trophy from the organisers of the race which was sponsored by an American soft drink company.
Source: REUTERS - MOHAMAD FAHMY