Qatar’s Abu Issa set for Dakar challenge

 06 Jan 2014 - 9:31


DOHA: After participating in the cross country rally world championship (quads) and being ranked first at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and second overall at the FIM 6 stage cross country rally world championship during his first participation in 2013, the Qatari world champion Mohamed Issa Abu Issa prepares for his first participation in the Dakar Rally 2014 in the MAXXIS SUPER B Dakar team.   
The Dakar race began yesterday and the competition runs for 14 consecutive days, traversing a distance of 8,700 km in three countries: Argentina, Bolivia and Chile. 
The Dakar Rally is one of the world’s toughest rallies, where riders compete off-road on craggy terrains and through high sand dunes – not to mention the long and elevated distances inside Bolivia, which rise to 4,000 m above sea level, throwing an extra burden on the contestants’ shoulders.
For all that, Abu Issa has undergone an intensive program in the United Arab Emirates’ desert, as it is one of the world’s toughest deserts for this category. He has also continued with fitness and readiness programs in the United Kingdom to get him geared up for high altitudes, especially in the Bolivian territory, the most difficult in the race, where riders will have to face the lack of oxygen and thus decrease of concentration.
Looking forward to reaching a high ranking in the Dakar after a year full of milestone achievements, Abu Issa is the first Qatari to take part in the quads category in the Dakar Rally and second in all categories to Qatar’s world champion Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah, who generously offers Mohamed the much-needed advice and guidance.
Salam International is Abu Issa’s main sponsor through sponsorship agreement to provide him with the necessary support, in addition to the logistics and technical support provided by the Dutch MAXXIS SUPER B team.
Abu Issa also has never been short on the highly appreciated incessant support of the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF), headed by Nasser bin Khalifa Al Attiyah, through all stages experienced in previous tournaments. 
The QMMF has pledged to continue its support for Mohamed in future competitions. Abu Issa also receives great support from his family – mainly from his father Issa Abdul Salam Abu Issa and his uncle Hussam Abdul Salam Abu Issa.
Abu Issa works relentlessly, aiming to reach high rankings on the podium and proudly carry the flag of his homeland Qatar. Abu Issa also hopes that his participations together with the other Qatari athletes and champions will contribute to turning Qatar into a world sports capital.
Issa Abdul Salam Abu Issa, Chairman of Salam International Investment Limited, said: “What Mohamed has reached and will achieve in this global competition makes us proud. Those achievements, however, would have been impossible without the support that His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and His Highness the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, provide for sports and athletes. We hope that our champion will continue this way in order to raise the name of Qatar in international arena.”