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Welcome Message from Chairman of ARF

On behalf of the Executive Council of the Asian Racing Federation it is with great pleasure that I invite you to attend the 37th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) to be held in Seoul, South Korea from 13th May to 18th May, 2018.

The enduring strength of the ARCs is that they have been able to provide a market place of ideas, and innovations that will shape our sport's future. They are a forum for industry leaders from around the world to meet together, to identify emerging issues, and to develop new strategies.

At the 36th ARC held in Mumbai in January 2016, one of the major topics was the rising tide of illegal betting and the threats this brings to not only racing but also the community and governments. We subsequently established the ARF Anti-Illegal Betting Taskforce and when we come together in Seoul we will share with delegates the progress made on this front.

Protecting our brand reputation as a sport that operates with integrity and fairness through a commitment to prohibited substances-free racing, facilitating the internationalisation of the sport by removing impediments to the movement of horses, safeguarding the lifeblood of racing's funding through developing means to protect our intellectual property rights, enhancing the wagering choices that we can offer to our customers through such initiatives as commingling are other key crucial matters which the ARCs have been instrumental in addressing over the past decade.

The 37th ARC in Seoul presents us with an excellent opportunity to continue these collective efforts, against the background of a country which is synonymous with innovation and energy and has recently made enormous strides towards internationalising its racing.

I look forward to seeing you in South Korea in May 2018 for what is certain to be a highly successful and enjoyable event.

Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges
Asian Racing Federation

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