Challenge Family has announced that it has ‘employed legal counsel to recover monies owed to media, athletes, contractors and others by Dubai Sports Council in respect of Challenge Dubai 2015.’
According to the event organizer, over US$45,000 is owed by the Dubai Sports Council to international media, pro athletes in terms of travel expenses and appearance fees, and staff wages and travel costs.
“Despite numerous requests and promises of payment, no remuneration has been forthcoming to any of the creditors,” said Challenge Family CEO, Zibi Szlufcik. “The Dubai Sports Council leaves us with no choice other than to take action on behalf of people who supported the event in good faith.
He added, “The effect is compounded by the fact that these creditors now have to see Dubai Sports Council investing in other events while they are still owed money.”
In late 2014, Challenge Family confirmed that it was extending its footprint in the Middle East with the announcement of the half distance Challenge Dubai. Forming part of the Challenge Triple Crown Series, the inaugural event took place on 27 February 2015.
However, in mid-2015, the Challenge Dubai event was derailed when IRONMAN announced the expansion of the M-Dot brand into the Middle East for the first time, with two new IRONMAN 70.3 races in Bahrain and Dubai. (IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai takes place today, 29 January 2016.)