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Clean Sweep for Sharjah Sports Club for Women In AWST’s Opening Volleyball Competitions

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  • Sharjah dominant against die-hard Omanis as Al Wasl increases UAE tally to 6

Sharjah Sports Club for Women celebrated a convincing win on the first day of volleyball at the Arab Women’s Sports Tournament 2018 (AWST) defeating Oman’s Sahar Club by three sets to nil.

The match was held as part of the fourth – and largest – edition of the event, taking place under the patronage of Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA) and Chairperson of Sharjah Women’s Sports Foundation (SWSF).

In the first set, Sharjah’s players pressured the Omani team into some early errors both in defense and attack, although Sahar showed plenty of resolve, keeping the game close but running out of steam as Sharjah started to pull away with a 12-10 lead and then closing the set out with a score of 25-18.

The second set was a show of stamina and strength of character, as the score levelled at 10-10, 11-11 and 12-12 in the first half but Sharjah began to run away with the game, eventually posting a score of 25 to Sahar’s 14.

In the third set of the match, riding high on confidence, the Sharjah club looked unassailable as they widened the gap from 9-4 to 14-4, before eventually closing the door on the Omanis with a final score of 25-12 and securing a highly impressive three points.

It was a similar story for Al Wasl Club who showed a clean pair of heels to Al Muharraq from Bahrain after a temporary glitch as they emerged victorious with a win of three sets to one.

Despite such renowned names as Hajar Al Ansari and Brazil’s Lanka, the Bahraini players were no match for Al Wasl, who breezed through the first set 25-12, thanks in no small part to the dominance of their American player Amber, who scored 19 of those points.

The second set, however, showed there was no room for complacency in the Al Wasl camp as the game balanced on a knife-edge up to the final minutes, which saw Al Muharraq level the set scores with a 25-22 victory.

Sets three and four reverted back to type though and while it was no easy win, Al Wasl proved to be the stronger of the two teams, finishing the round with 24-17 and 25-18 triumphs in the third and fourth sets respectively.

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Arab Women Sports Tournament 2018 Opens Today with Record Number of Clubs, Countries and Athletes

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  • 1,000 athletes and admin, 68 teams, 16 countries compete in largest ever AWST

The fourth – and largest – edition of the Arab Women Sports Tournament (AWST) was inaugurated today at the Al Majaz Amphitheatre in Sharjah, taking place under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness Ruler of Sharjah, Chairperson of the Sharjah Supreme Committee for Family Affairs and Chairperson of the Sharjah Women Sports Foundation. Themed ‘The World Is Your Court – Together Victorious’, the tournament is hosting 68 clubs from 16 countries and 1,000 athletes and administrative personnel taking part – a 70% increase on the last edition.

Organised by the Sharjah Women’s Sports Foundation, the eleven-day event runs from February 2-12, where the athletes will compete in nine sports, namely; basketball, volleyball, table tennis, fencing, archery, shooting, athletics, show-jumping and for the very first time Karate.

Many senior personalities, heads of Arab sports committees and guests from the Arab world attended the opening ceremony, most notably; Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Media Corporation; Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Head of the Supreme Organising Committee at AWST, His Royal Highness Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz, Chairperson of the Arab Sports Council and Chairperson of Union of Arab National Olympic Committees (UANOC), His Excellency Sheikh Isa bin Rashid Al Khalifa, Sheikha Hayat bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa, Head of the AWST Supervisory Committee, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Second Deputy Chairman, Her Royal Highness Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, President of the Saudi Federation for Community Sports; and Her Royal Highness Princess Haifa bint Mohammed bin Saud Al Saud, Director General of the Saudi Federation for Community Sports and Shaikha Shamsa Bint Hasher Bin Mana Al Maktoum, the UAE Volleyball Association (VA) board of directors’ member.

Prominent Ministers who also attended the ceremony included: Her Excellency Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi was appointed as the UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, Her Excellency Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid has been appointed as the UAE Minister of Community Development, and His Excellency Khalid Abdulaziz, His Excellency Khalid Abdulaziz, Egyptian Minister of Youth and Sports and Head of the Executive Office of the Arab Ministers of Youth and Sports Council.

Attending senior officials also included Major General Mohammed Khalfan bu Romaithi, Chairman of the General Authority, Deputy General Commander of Abu Dhabi Police, Her Excellency Nada Askar Al Naqbi, Deputy Head of the Supreme Organising Committee at AWST, Head of her Executive Committee and Director General of the Sharjah Women Sports Foundation, Engineer Sherif Al Aryan, Secretary General of Egyptian Olympics Committee and Nour El Sherbini, Egyptian world squash champion, as well as a mass of spectators who filled the amphitheatre at Khalid Lagoon.

The ceremony began with a welcoming note by famous television and sports personality Mostafa Al Agha, who addressed the attendees and female athletes congratulating them and Sharjah for another symbolic milestone in the history of women in sports, which is participating in the 4th AWST 2018.

The ceremony went on with the UAE National Anthem, and a recitation of verses from the Holy Quran, followed by a citation of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God have mercy upon him, and the raising of the flags of the 16 participating countries.

The audience watched a video about the tournament before the teams entered and the tournament was declared officially underway.

Representatives of the athletes, referees and judges took the athletic oath expressing their commitment to honest and fair competition as well as a true sense of integrity. In his opening address, Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmad bin Sultan Al Qasimi welcomed all Arab competitors and guests to Sharjah, sharing the message of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, saying: “Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi’s thoughts share an immense pride towards what Sharjah has accomplished in its dedicated care and support towards the women in sports.”

He continued: “Her Highness extends her sincere gratitude to all the organisers, guests and athletes whose honor and fair play elevates the names of their associations and clubs. Her hope rests with all the best of results to all participants, knowing that together you can lead by example in success.”

Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Qasimi continued to commemorate the significance behind the 4th AWST event, saying: “As the fourth edition of AWST begins, in line with Sharjah’s strategic vision that was established under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council Ruler of Sharjah, and his wife Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, this event exemplifies the ongoing efforts to not only elevate women in sports, but also to empower them at all levels and in all fields.”

“The tournament highlights the fundamental role of women in leading change in our region, and in creating a significant shift in terms of progress, culture and development in the Arab world. The athletes that bring us together today are instrumental in building a generation of female leaders who believe in their capabilities,” he added.

“The UAE is enabling women to broaden their horizons without compromise and as this edition of the tournament is inaugurated today, the Emirate of Sharjah will become a true capital of Arab women in sports. Each match, contest, competition and challenge raises the status of female athletes and highlights their ability to represent their countries in other world-class international events as role models and ambassadors of Arab women,” he added.

For her part, Sheikha Hayat Al Khalifa underscored that the efforts of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi in leading the support and development of Arab women in sports has contributed significantly to the Arab sports industry and has strengthened the sportsmanship among our Arab neighbours.

She said: “AWST 2018 reflects the growth of the female sports industry across the Arab region, and the significant attention and support it has received from female athletes and sports associations across the region. This year, AWST celebrates the addition of a new game, totalling the number of sports to 9, and celebrates being environmentally friendly, all initiatives to create a competitive and clean sports atmosphere for all players.”

Representatives of the participating delegations expressed their appreciation to Sharjah for organising the largest event of its kind in the Arab world and commended the efforts of the management and the organisers.

Starting today (Sunday), the Jeddah United Club will face Kuwait’s Girl Club, while Bahraini Mawaheb Club will play against Somali Mogadishu Club, and Sharjah Sports Club for Women is set to face Jordanian Fuheis Club.

The competitions will take place in 10 venues around Sharjah; the SWSF hall will host volleyball training and matches, and the Sharjah Sports Club – Samnan Branch –  will host basketball training and matches, while Al Dhaid Sports Club will feature the shooting competitions, Rifle 10m, Pistol 10m and Pistol 25m.

The fencing matches will take place at the Sajaya Young Ladies of Sharjah hall, while the athletics training and events will be held at Al Thiqah Club for the Handicapped. Table tennis competitions will take place at the Higher Colleges of Technology hall, while show-jumping will be held at the Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club, and finally Karate will be hosted at the Sharjah Sports Club – Al Hazana branch.

The SOC announced that Radisson Blu Resort in Sharjah will host the event’s media centre, and the media will cover all venues that host the teams, technical committees, referees, arbitrators, judging panels, and other AWST committees, as well as VIPs and guests who are staying at Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort & Spa, Swiss Belhotel, Hotel Holiday International, Marbella Resort, Copthorne Hotel, Golden Tulip Hotel and Centro Hotel in Sharjah.

In 2016, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi issued an Emiri decree establishing SWSF as a corporate body enjoying financial independence with full capacity to carry out the necessary transactions to achieve its goals.

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World Champion Nour Al Sharbini Gives SWSF Players an Inspiring Performance on the Sport of Squash

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  • Al Sharbini sets foot on Sharjah’s first squash court and introduces players on the professional dynamics of the sport

In the midst of a fiery start of the 4th Arab Women Sports Tournament (AWST), which kicked-off on Friday 2nd February 2018, held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Sharjah Women Sports Foundation (SWSF); world squash champion, Nour Al Sharbini, debuted her presence during AWST by setting foot on Sharjah’s first squash court, located at the SWSF sports club for women.

Receiving a warm welcome reception by the SWSF players and head-coaches, Al Sharbini explored the facility and provided a short display of her award-winning skills, giving audiences an entertaining and educational background behind the advanced dynamics of the sport.

The Egyptian champion, with a career high of holding more than 9 world championship titles and more than 19 world titles across various categories, highlighted SWSF’s strategic move of introducing the new squash facility for women. She also hailed SWSF’s dedicated efforts in continuously pursuing initiatives that empower and support Arab female athletes in Sharjah and across the region.

Al Sharbini also expressed the importance of such facilities and events, and the opportunities it provides to female athletes who enjoy practicing their skills in a clean, fair and competitive environment.

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Secretary Sports Punjab Aamir Jan welcomes FIFA 2018 World Cup Trophy

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Secretary Sports Punjab Muhammad Aamir Jan has welcomed the FIFA 2018 World Cup Trophy and said that the brief stay of FIFA World Cup Trophy in Pakistan is definitely a good omen for the future of soccer in Pakistan; he expressed these views while talking to media at the unveiling of trophy at a local hotel on Saturday.

Secretary Sports Punjab Muhammad Aamir Jan said the young football players of the country will get great inspiration from FIFA World Cup Trophy’s brief stopover in Pakistan. “It’s right time for Pakistan players to improve their football skills and win a respectable place in international football community,” he added.

Secretary Sports Punjab Aamir Jan said Pakistan has plenty of football talent. “This talent just needs to be trained and groomed properly,” he asserted.

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Princess Reema Al Saud Leads Formidable Force Of Saudi Athletes at AWST

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  • KSA competes with five teams in five disciplines

Her Royal Highness Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Vice-President of Women’s Affairs at the General Sports Authority and President of the Saudi Federation for Community Sports, is leading a high-profile and highly competitive Saudi delegation to participate in the fourth edition of the Arab Women Sports Tournament (AWST 2018), taking place from February 2-12.

Themed ‘The World is Your Court – Be a Winner,’ the 11-day event is organised by the Sharjah Women Sports Foundation (SWSF) under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Chairperson of the Sharjah Supreme Committee for Family Affairs and Chairperson of SWSF.

The attendance of Princess Reema Al Saud in the Arab world’s largest all-women sporting event will strengthen the Kingdom’s role in advancing sports and promoting awareness about the importance of international competition in Saudi Arabia in particular, and other Arab countries in general.

Showing strength in depth as well as talent, Saudi Arabia will be competing in five events in this year’s edition, with teams and individuals going head-to-head with their Arab peers in basketball, table tennis, fencing, athletics and the newly added Karate event

Princess Reema Al Saud said: “Saudi women have always played a crucial part in the kingdom’s social and economic life as a driving force behind growth in all domains and are now an integral part of the Kingdom’s sporting world as well.

Speaking of the emirate’s role as the ideal venue for the tournament, Princess Reema Al Saud added: “Sharjah has become a leading Gulf and Arab hub for many sporting and wider cultural events, gathering some of the biggest and brightest names in the industry.”

As President of the Saudi Federation for Community Sports, Princess Reema Al Saud is the first woman to head a Saudi multi-sports federation. On a personal and vocational level, Princess Reema is dedicated to organising both recreational and highly-competitive community-related events that appeal to all members of society.

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