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Ras Al Khaimah International Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship Concludes 4th Season amid Exceptional International Participation

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  • Ras Al Khaimah concludes international competitions for the 2017-2018 season
  • Over 800 male and female athletes take part in heated competitions
  • Al Dhaheri: Strong international participation reflects the prestige of the tournament
  • Al Batran: To Empower UAE athletes for the upcoming Asiad
  • Al Taweel: Emirates Club committed to supporting local championships and developing UAE Jiu-Jitsu talents

Under the patronage and in presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qassimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, the 4th edition of Ras Al Khaimah International Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship concluded its two-day competitions on Saturday. The tournament attracted the largest number of international professional athletes across all UAE competitions in the 2017-2018 sports season, with a total of 800 athletes.

Held at RAK Educational Zone Club, the Ras Al Khaimah International Championship saw the participation of male and female athletes from over 30 nationalities in various weight categories. Athletes competed for points to add to their global scores, in order to reach the winners’ podium at the end of the sports season. The first day of the Championship was dedicated to No-Gi matches, and the second day witnessed pro Gi matches.

The event was attended by a number of officials from the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) and the Ras Al Khaimah sports sector, including His Excellency Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, Vice President of the UAEJJF, Youssef Al Batran, UAEJJF Board Member, Fahad Alshamsi UAEJJF CEO, Mohammed Ismail Al Awadhi, Deputy Chairman of Emirates Club, Ahmed Shamlan, Emirates Club Board Member and Financial Manager, and Ahmed Jaber Al Awadhi, Individual and Group Games Supervisor at Emirates Club.

UAE Athletes Take the Lead in the First Day

The Championship saw a high level of competition matches across different weight categories and belt colors. The spectators enjoyed exciting performances that marked a new level of Jiu-Jitsu in the UAE.

On the results and ratings, Commando Group secured the first position, followed by Al Wahda Club in the second place, Al Ain Club in the third place , Al Nasr in the fourth position and Al Jazira Club in the fifth place.

Exceptional International Presence

His Excellency Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, Vice President of the UAEJJF, expressed pride in the distinguished level of the event in terms of the strong international participation, organization, cooperation and support provided by the various concerned parties.

Al Dhaheri said the success of this Championship supports the UAEJJF’s strategy which seeks to motivate society to embrace Jiu-Jitsu as a lifestyle across generations, thereby boosting the UAE’s position as a capital for this distinguished international sport.

He further praised the special organizational efforts of the event host Emirates Club, on their success in meeting the highest standards in terms of organization and readiness. He also thanked all clubs for their consistent participation in competitions and their continuous interest in this sport.

Al Dhaheri said that the unlimited support provided by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qassimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, on the 4th edition of the Championship was instrumental in its success, and essential for spreading the word around this noble sport in the society, something that was evident in the presence of parents and athletes from several clubs participating in this pro championship.

Boosting national talents

Youssef Al Batran, UAEJJF Board Member, said that the global and sporting momentum witnessed in the Ras Al Khaimah Championship supports the future direction to enhance the capabilities of UAE teams and players and enable them to compete with international professionals across all levels, and also allows the UAE to participate in the upcoming Asiad (Asian Games) with confidence.

Al Batran highlighted that Jiu-Jitsu now occupies an important position in the Emirati society, which is a reflection of the efforts placed on enhancing this sport. The 2017-2018 season was full of achievements, and it deserved this high class closure.

Al Batran pointed out that the UAEJJF will ensure a strong participation by UAE athletes in the Abu Dhabi International Championships, which is due to take place in Abu Dhabi on April 16, in order to highlight the UAE’s developing skills by winning more medals proving the country’s booming position in the global Jiu-Jitsu scene.

Local and International Momentum

Khalil Ibrahim Al Taweel, Emirates Club Board Member and first team supervisor, commented: “The Ras Al Khaimah International Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship is one of the strongest championships and has massive popular momentum, attracting international players of all categories and weight classes to compete on the mat.”

Al Taweel said that Emirates Club is committed to providing the highest degree of support for local championships, both in terms or organization and developing skills to provide the national team with talents and skills capable of taking global winners’ podiums. He also admired the consistent directives and continuous attention given by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qassimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah.

Athletes praise the Championship

The Ras Al Khaimah Championship was praised and commended by the participating athletes and technical teams that came to support the athletes’ efforts in reaching the podium.

Athlete Mohammed Al Matroushi from Sharjah Club said he was happy to win the 55kg gold medal, adding that he had worked hard recently and prepared for the championship by losing weight and going through an intensive training camp. He described the competition and the level of the players as strong and challenging for many athletes compared with previous championships.

Al Matroushi said this Championship was a vital stage in his professional career and his efforts to earn points and raise his ranking.

For his part, Filipe Bobrick who won gold in the No-Gi competitions, said he always seeks to participate whenever he can in international championships organized by the UAE and compete for titles, due to the high organizational level and constant development witnessed year by year.

In the same context, Gustavo Verissimo said that the Championship was quite strong, which makes it an honor to compete on the mat, adding that since its launch, Ras Al Khamiah Championship has contributed to boosting athletes’ participation, preserving their advanced levels, and developing their skills on an annual basis.

He pointed out that this event offers a lot diversity in athletes’ levels of skills and weight classes, which is considered by pros to be an incentive to keep playing and participating in these competitions.

The UAEJJF is preparing for the Challenge Championship on February 22 – 24. March will witness round 3 of the Mother of the Nation Women’s Jiu-Jitsu Championship that will kick off on the 16th, while the fifth and final round of the President’s Cup will be held on the 17th of the same month.

Tournament Classification

The matches were divided by age groups and belts as per the criteria of international championships for men and women, with the age groups including three levels: junior under 18, adults under 29, and masters over 30.

In terms of belts, the competitions were divided into four levels: black belt, brown belt, purple belt, and blue belt.

19 Sports Clubs

The Championship witnessed during the weekend marked increase in the number of participants, as it attracted a total of 19 sports clubs, in addition to foreign athletes who came to take part in the international event.

Distinguished Attendance by Officials

The event was attended by many officials from various sectors interested in supporting the sports industry in the UAE. His Excellency Hamad Obaid Al Zaabi, UAE Ambassador to the Republic of Pakistan, Ali Saleh Al Shehhi, Director of the ADIB branch in Ras Al Khaimah, Khalaf Salem Anbar, General Manager of the Emirates Development Association, and Nayef Jakkah, member of the Emirates Cycling Federation.

Support by Partners and Sponsors

The Ras Al Khaimah International Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2017-2018 is supported by its strategic partners; including:

  • Official media partner: Abu Dhabi Sports Channels
  • Strategic partner: Palms Sports
  • Official Airline: Etihad Airways
  • Lifestyle developer: Emaar Properties
  • Exclusive Automobiles Partner: Al Tayer Motors and Land Rover
  • Diamond Partner: Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
  • Energy partner: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)
  • Government Partner: Ministry of Interior (MoI)
  • Gold partners: Afaq Islamic Finance, Al Masood Group, Cavallo Collection; Dolphin Energy Limited and Emirates Global Aluminium
  • Silver partners: Al Khajah Group, Diamond Sword United and Al Saqer Group
  • Supporting partners: Abu Dhabi Vocational Education & Training Institute and Al Dhafra Sport & Culture Club and Al-Ittihad newspaper as a media partner.

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Shahzaib Trunkwala Elected as Vice President of the International Socca Federation

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  • ISF formed to facilitate 2.1 billion players across the world
  • The International Socca Federation also elects Mr. Thanos Papadopoulos as the Joint CEO of the Federation

The inaugural meeting of the International Socca Federation (ISF) was attended by 52 representatives from 25 member countries along with 10 countries submitting membership applications. The attendees unanimously lauded the establishment of a global federation for 5, 6, 7 and 8 a-side football format. The federation aims to represent the 2.1 billion players of small-sided football across the globe.

Following his election, Trunkwala said, “In line with my efforts to develop the Socca sport, I have visited several countries in South Asia, Middle East and the Gulf region. These efforts come as part of the wider preparations for the Socca World Cup scheduled to be held in Lisbon, Portugal in October 2018.”

For his part Mr. Papadopoulos informed that the aim of ISF is to bring underprivileged but talented masses to the beautiful game.

The meeting also resulted in the decision that many international and regional tournaments will also be held under ISF in 2019 including European Champions Cup.

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Engsig Claims 12th RAK Ladies Open After Final Hole Play-off

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Sara Engsig claimed the 12th RAK Ladies Amateur Open after a final hole sudden death play-off with Natalli Gupta. The EGF Order of Merit qualifier saw a broad spectrum of age and experience as all competitors battled for the same thing, to be crowned RAK Ladies Champion. Both Sara, who won the event back in 2009, and Natalie both carded 3 over totals of 75. After nine holes Natalli found herself 2 shots ahead following a 1 over front nine compared to Sara’s 3 over with all 3 shots being dropped on hole 2 following a 7. Miraculously Sara fired in 9 straight pars on the back nine whilst Natalli dropped 1 each on the difficult 10th and 16th. This tied total meant that both would continue down the 18th until a winner was decided.

Both Sara and Natalli played there first two shots comfortably down the fairway both leaving themselves fairly straightforward approach shots. Natalli was first to go which saw a slight pull to miss the green pin high. Sara then fired in a spinning shot to about 10 feet. Natalli’s strong chip and missed put for bogey meant that Sara could calmly roll her ball up to the side of the hole for a tap in par and victory. The last of the gross prizes was collected by Hannah Mannion who fell one shot shy of the play-off with a score of 76.

Kellie Garchaga blew away the field in the net division after a blistering 65. Kellie did all the damage on the front 9 following 7 net birdies and a 2 net pars for a 29 out total. If it wasn’t for an unfortunate double bogey on the last she would have also found herself in the championship play-off. Her net score did however turn out to be 8 shots clear of runner-up Hyeonji Kang who carded 73, 1 shot ahead of third place Snigdha Goswami.

Tournament Winners


1st Place

Sara Engsig – 75

2nd Place

Natalli Gupta – 75

3rd Place

Hannah Mannion – 76


1st Place

Kellie Garchaga – 65

2nd Place

Hyeonji Kang – 73

3rd Place

Snigdha Goswami – 74

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  • Eighth edition of UAE’s biggest first-timer focused triathlon will take place on February 16th
  • Emirati and UAE-based expatriate athletes dominate TriYAS by Daman’s ActiveLive ProFIELD for the first time

Six of the best Emirati triathletes will sweat it out against 11 leading UAE-based expatriates in a bid for ProFIELD glory at this year’s TriYAS by Daman’s ActiveLife triathlon.

Taking place at Yas Marina Circuit on Thursday 16thFebruary, this year’s TriYAS will feature a ProFIELD made up predominately of locally-based athletes for the first time in its eight-year history.

The local hero expats and Emiratis will face off against two-time champion Ruedi Wild from Switzerland, who has been invited back to TriYAS and is aiming for this third victory.

Emiratis Faris Al Zaabi and Abdullah Alqeti, from Abu Dhabi, Mohsen Al Ali, Nabil Al Ali, Saif Al Samahi, and Ghanem Al Saadi, all from Fujarah, will also compete against each other in the event’s first ever Emirati ProFIELD category.

Despite having only started competing in triathlons recently, Al Zaabi is a natural athlete and one of the favourites to win the Emirati ProFIELD along with Alqeti, who was the standout athlete in Abu Dhabi Police’s triathlon team.

The pride of Fujairah, Mohsen prefers longer distance competitions but is a fiery racer with lots of confidence and a big heart. He will have his work cut out for him when it comes to beating fellow Fujairah athletes Nabil, Al Samahi, and Al Saadi if he wants to take the TriYAS trophy home to the east coast.

The Emirati pro field rewards the commitment of the local population and aims to encourage more Emiratis to follow in the footsteps of these seven sports stars. 

The UAE-based expats competing in the ProFIELD are Filipe Azavedo and Pedro Gomes from Portugal, Ryan Christian from Australia, Ben Parnell, Matt Dewhurst, Andy MacRae and Andy Edwards, all from the UK, Peter Weiss from Denmark, Spain’s Oscar Marquez and German Christian Henn.

Swiss athlete Wild will complete the ProFIELD expat contingent and is favourite to win this year’s TriYAS.

One of the UAE’s biggest mass participation sporting events, TriYAS attracts around 1,300 athletes who push themselves to the limit in the gruelling swimming, cycling and running challenge set over a unique day-to-night course.

The event is open to all members of the community with a series of shorter courses aimed at first-timers as well as younger athletes. Local sports clubs are also encouraged to take part with teams allocated F1 villas usually reserved for the Formula One race stars and their cars.

The Super Sports Triathlon Championship will offer three shorter categories: T1, which involves a 100-metre swim, 3-kilometre bike course and a 1-kilometre run; T2 includes a 200-metre swim, 6-kilometre cycle plus a 2-kilometre run; T3 involving a 300-metre swim, 9-kilometre bike race and a 3-kilometre run.

Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit, said: “TriYAS continues to attract people of all ages, fitness levels and nationalities with the goal of improving their health and to have fun. Each year the number of people taking part for the first time rises by 20 to 30 per cent.”

“Overall our community programmes continue to grow, whether it’s StartYAS, TrainYAS or GoYAS, and TriYAS provides a great opportunity for all to push themselves that little bit further.”

Experienced adult triathletes can choose from two distances: the TriYAS Olympic category, which covers a 1,500-metre swim, 38-kilometre cycle and 10-kilometre run, and the shorter Sprint category, involving a 750-metre swim, 22-kilometre bike course and 5-kilometre run.

There is also a dedicated children’s race. The KidsTRI is aimed at youngsters aged between (9 –16 years) who can test themselves over a 50-metre swim, 6-kilometre cycle and a 1.5-kilometre run.

With a festival atmosphere and lots of great viewing areas for family and friends to cheer on competitors, TriYAS is as much a fun day and night as it is a challenging sporting event.

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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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