Jockeys, most of whom are children, compete on their camels during the 18th International Camel Racing festival. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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Remote-controlled robot jockeys lined up at a major camel racing festival in northeastern Egypt, as owners came under pressure from campaigns to stop using child riders. Organizers fielded around 20 robots -- child-sized devices with a whipping arm that can be triggered at a distance -- alongside dozens of real children as part of a trial run.Owners at last week's Egyptian event said the bans had prevented them from fielding teams in Gulf festivals -- and they hoped the move to robots would help them get in.Sayed Mohamed, 11, said children were better than robots at steering.Around 150 camels competed in eight categories over distances from 5-15 kilometers, cheered on by more than 1,000 spectators.
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