7 Oct 2009

UAE emirate dismisses security threat to America's Cup

7:07 am on 7 October 2009

The Arab organisers of the next edition of the America's Cup say they'll meet the Oracle team next week to assure them there is no security threat.

The 2010 edition of the famous yachting race is due to be staged at Ras al-Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates in February - but Oracle's latest court action claims the Cup should be moved to Valencia in Spain, citing a US State Department advisory over terrorist threats.

Ras al-Khaimah is the closest of the seven emirates to Iran.

The chief executive of the Ras al-Khaimah Investment Authority, Khater Massaad, says officials from the emirate will meet the California-based team to try and allay any concerns in the latest twist in a two-year legal battle.

Defending champion Alinghi, which chose the venue, is dismissing Oracle's claim as a ploy to move the race to a venue preferred by Oracle.