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Khan takes new role with European Federation

18 July 2012

WEATHERBYS racing director Paull Khan registered a month ago for the Asian Racing Conference with one job and arrived for the executive meetings that opened formal proceedings in Istanbul on Tuesday with two.


Khan is being released from his Wellingborough duties for one day a week to act as the first secretary-general of the European & Mediterranean Horseracing Federation, which was founded two years ago with 22 members and Horse Racing Ireland chief executive Brian Kavanagh as chairman.


The EMHF was formed as an extension of a grouping of smaller European racing jurisdictions, pulled together by Bjorn Eklund of the Swedish Jockey Club, to promote a mentoring service by larger nations.


However, Khan said: “Under the move to greater regionalisation that the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities has promoted in recent years, there are many areas where administrators in European countries can work better together to feed in ideas to the IFHA, just as the Asian Racing Federation, which organises the ARC, does.


“The EMHF will continue to give help and advice to its many member countries in which horseracing is a developing sport, but its remit is now much wider in co-ordinating promotion of the sport throughout Europe and the Mediterranean countries, and defending its integrity and prestige throughout the world.”

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