Bodyguards to ensure Bahraini princes complete Ironman unscathed

2014-04-04 00:00

PORT ELIZABETH — Bodyguards will be taking part in the Ironman for the first time in the history of this triathlon competition.

They will be there to safeguard two Bahrain princes, Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa (24) and Sheikh Nasser Al Khalifa (26), who will be competing for the first time in the tough trio of races — a 3,8 km swim in the sea, a 18,02 km bike ride and a 42,2 km run.

Ironman organisers said the bodyguards will be incognito and treated as race officials, which at least means they will not have to sweat it out alongside the princes.

Instead, they will be using jetskis to watch over the princes as they swim in the Bay; while the royals cycle, their bodyguards will ride on motorbikes; and as the princes plod along on the run, the hard men with their listening devices will be cycling along on mountain bikes.

While the bodyguards will be armed, the spokesperson for Ironman, Ed Richardson, said runners did not have to worry about the bodyguards taking a dim view of competitors going faster than their clients.

“They promised to keep out of the way of competitors and will be invisible,” he said.

He also assured the competitors that the princes will not get any royal treatment from the seconds along the way, but will have to sweat it out just like the bourgeois.

After the race, the sheikhs at least do not have to shake it down with the Great Unwashed unless they want to, for 42 rooms have been reserved at the five-star Boardwalk hotel for the entourage of the princes and 14 other competitors from Bahrain.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…

What is at first an exciting tummy-turning adventure stunt, quickly turns into a scarily bad idea caught on camera. Take a look:


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Should you date your co-worker?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.