RIDER ROUND-UP: NIELS-KRISTIAN IVERSEN
SGP Rider Round-up catches up with the FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars to find out how they spent their off-season. Today it’s Niels-Kristian Iversen.
Like most speedway riders, the Danish champion seeks sunnier climes when the SGP season finishes.
He said: “We went to Thailand on a family holiday, which was really good. It was good to get some time away, relax a bit and recharge my batteries.”
"There are quite a lot of places where they don’t treat the animals very well. I don’t want to support that and I don’t like it when animals are mistreated."
- Niels-Kristian Iversen
NKI likes to be a good tourist, along with partner Laura and daughter Nicole. Thailand is a popular destination for many travellers, who flock to the Far Eastern nation in search of stunning scenery, warm weather and a host of natural wonders.
Photos of tourists with Thailand’s elephants are nothing unusual, with the four-time FIM Speedway World Cup winner posting a snap on Instagram featuring one of the herd’s junior members.
But Iversen was keen to ensure his elephant encounter didn’t support cruelty. He said: “In Thailand you can do all sorts of things. There are places you can go with the elephants and bathe in the mud with them.
“There are quite a lot of places where they don’t treat the animals very well. I don’t want to support that and I don’t like it when animals are mistreated. We found a place where they rescue the elephants and treat them really well.
“It’s definitely worth putting things like that on social media to make people aware that there are places where they treat animals well and others where they don’t treat them so well.
“It’s not only elephants – they do tiger things as well. Some places drug the tigers so you can play around with them and do silly things. I definitely don’t want to support that.
“It touches a nerve in me when you see these things. Not everybody knows what it’s all about. They just go for the experience. When you look a little bit deeper into it, there isn’t a very nice story to it.
“I don’t want to support that; I’m trying to support places where they do good things for the animals – not being cruel and just making money out of it.”
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