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camel racing

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Camel racing

Like horse racing, camel racing is a spectator sport and a popular event for sports betting. The races are extremely popular in India, the Middle East, North Africa and Australia, and several countries hold annual championship racing events. While the camels were once controlled by child jockeys, bans on underage labor and concerns about the child slave trade have caused many countries to begin using robotic jockeys. Both Qatar and the UAE have banned the use of human jockeys in favor of robots.