Mongolia raises minimum legal age for child jockeys to 8
ULAN BATOR: Mongolia has raised the minimum legal age for child jockeys to eight, local media reported on Wednesday, citing the country’s authority for family, child and youth development.
The move came after questions relating to the rights and safety of child jockeys arose as Mongolia’s national Naadam holiday, which includes horse racing, archery and wrestling, approaches. , reported the Xinhua news agency.
In addition, relevant recommendations for child jockeys, their parents and horse trainers are provided to ensure children’s safety, the authority said in a statement.
Under previous National Naadam Horse Racing rules, the minimum age for child jockeys was seven. However, the rule had not been applied to all horse races held throughout the year in the country.
So far this year, around 3,200 child jockeys have participated in a total of 82 horse races across the country, according to the authority. During the horse races, a child jockey died and nine others were seriously injured.
The Naadam National Day horse races are the most coveted, most watched and most competitive.
Inscribed on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the official holiday is celebrated from July 11 to 15.