The Asian Racing Federation flag handover ceremony

The Asian Racing Federation flag handover ceremony

Hong Kong Jockey Club

Asian Racing Conference to India for 2016

The annual meeting of Asian Racing Federation members will be held in Mumbai.

The next meeting of the Asian Racing Conference will be held Jan. 24-26, 2016 in Mumbai, India. The 35-year-old international conference held by members of the Asian Racing Federation has been held in India on three previous occasions, the latest in 1995.

Racing authorities from 25 countries are ARF members.

This year's ARC, which was held in Hong Kong, ended May 8. The event was attended by nearly 800 delegates.

The organization also announced that Winfried Englebrecht-Bresges, CEO of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, has been named chairman of ARF, succeeding Japan's Dr. Koji Sato. Engelbrecht-Bresges also is vice chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities.

"This has been a tremendous conference with 15 different sessions, all very important to bring racing to new heights," Sato said during the closing ceremony. "If any conclusion can be drawn from this conference, it would be to identify the means by which we can create greater economic value and protect the integrity of the sport we love."

Engelbrecht-Bresges acknowledged that racing faces a number of challenges internationally, but said he is proud of the leadership role the ARF has taken.

"I'm confident that with the great teamwork we have on the ARF Council we will manage these challenges," he said.

Read more about the Asian Racing Conference from Robert Kieckhefer on's "Around The Globe" blog.