Watch fencers from around the world compete at Dubai International Academy

Jay Asser 7/12/2014
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Geared up: Only fencers registered with their country's federation can compete at the MKFA Epee Cup.

The prestigious MKFA Epee Cup returns for the 2014 edition, which will hold a thrilling battle for fencing glory.

To be held from December 19-20 at Dubai International Academy in Emirates Hills, the third annual Epee Cup, which is sponsored by Gargash Enterprises Mercedes-Benz, the Dubai Sports Council and Sport360°, will feature more than 100 fencers from all over the world competing in four different categories.

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“Fencing is an Olympic sport that is part of the UAE culture and heritage,” said Mihail Kouzev, director of the MKFA Epee Cup.

“I strongly believe that with the support of the UAE government and other locally based companies we can grow the event to Grand Prix Cup, because UAE and especially Dubai deserve to have such high profile events so we can show our outstanding facilities and hospitality services. 

“I’ve always said fencing is one of the best sports for the region because it’s clearly connected to the culture of the UAE.”

The event is not accepting individual entries and only fencers registered with their country's federation can sign-up. The Dh80 entry fee applies only to the Open Men and Open Women fencers.

Participants can fence in the Open Men or Open Women categories for those born in 1999 or earlier, or the U15 Boys and U15 Girls categories for those born in 2000, 2001 and 2003.

Prize money will be awarded only to the Open Men and Open Women winners with first place receiving Dh3,500, second place earning 2,000, and third and fourth place netting Dh1,000. There will also be other prizes up for grabs with more than Dh15,000 available in gift vouchers and other in presents.

Registration is open until Monday at 16:00 and can be done by filling out the form on www.mkfencingacademy.com and sending it to [email protected].

It’s not just about the fencers. Fans can also enjoy all the action at the Dubai International Academy, as entry for the event is free.

So raise your fencing sword and be ‘en guard’ at the MKFA Epee Cup 2014. It promises to be a memorable event for participants and fans alike.

What: MKFA Epee Cup fencing tournament
Where: Dubai International Academy in Emirates Hills
When: December 19-20 starting at 09:00, with registration closing on Monday, December 8 at 16:00
Contact: Visit www.mkfencingacademy.com to register and for more information, as well as the MK Fencing Academy Facebook page

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Dubai Allstars leading the way for football in the UAE

Jay Asser 4/12/2014
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Strong start: The Allstars third team are riding high in the DAFL third division.

With five teams at various levels, the Dubai Allstars aren’t so much a football club as they are a football family. Founded in 2002, they’ve grown to now include over 100 members from more than a dozen nationalities.

Dubai Allstars take part in the five-division Dubai Amateur Football League (DAFL) and are highly competitive, but haven’t strayed from their initial aim of providing a fun environment for expats.

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“We started as a group of guys who basically wanted to play some football amongst their friends and happily, we’ve maintained that ethos,” said Euan Megson, chairman for Dubai Allstars. 

“We pride ourselves obviously on the football and competitive side, but also on the social side. Football can often be a nice catalyst for finding those extended social circles.

“It’s a well-structured, solid club, but based on a very grounded mentality.”

Megson has been with the club for seven years and prior to taking over as chairman, was the manager for two seasons for the second team.

The club’s other sides, which also play in the DAFL are the firsts who play in the Premiership, the thirds in Division 3, and the newly-launched Vets team in the Over-35s Vets League.

Another new addition has been the social side, Allstars Armadillos, who play friendly fixtures every weekend. The club sport black and yellow colours, which they moved to after starting with red and white.

The latter were found to be too common in the DAFL so the change was made and embraced during the time when Wiz Khalifa’s hit single ‘Black and Yellow’ was popular.

Colours aside, the increase in the club’s players and teams has brought with it more and more success.

Dubai Allstars captured the DAFL Division 2 championship in 2010 and the first team finished as runners-up in the ultra-competitive Premiership in 2013/14. “The standard has gone up considerably,” added Megson.

“We have some very good people in the club in terms of experience and they have a very big network and rolodex of football contacts.

“We encourage football. We like to play quality football. I wouldn’t say we’re at ‘tiki-taka’ level, we’re no Barcelona, but we knock the ball about well.”

The first team play their home games at Dubai Sports City and the Vets play in Jebel Ali, while most DAFL matches take place at The Sevens Stadium.

Off the pitch, club members get together at quarterly socials and monthly when awards such as Player of the Month and Manager of the Month are given out.

Megson encourages anyone interested in joining Dubai Allstars to drop a message on the club’s active Facebook page.

Though everyone is welcome, opportunity will be given to the highest quality players and earned through training.

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Nitro Circus Live show offers extreme action in Abu Dhabi

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Amazing: Forty of the top action sports athletes in the world will be on show in Abu Dhabi.

You can witness some of the most difficult and danger­ous action stunts in freestyle motocross, BMX and skateboarding when the biggest and most popular action sports show in the world makes its UAE debut on Friday.

As part of the UAE’s 43rd National Day celebrations, 40 of the world’s best action sports athletes will descend on Abu Dhabi and showcase their talents at Zayed Sports Stadium during the Nitro Circus Live show.

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The Nitro Circus has proved to be popular around the world with sell-out shows in New Zealand, Australia, China, the United States, Canada, South Africa as well as various European countries, with over 1.5 million tickets sold globally. Friday’s show looks set to add to that significant number and Nitro Circus Live management can’t wait to dazzle the spectators.

Managing director of Nitro Circus Live, Michael Porra, said: “We are excited to be bringing Nitro Circus Live’s over the top stunts to a whole new set of fans in the UAE.”

And he promises that anyone who attends will be amazed with what they see. He said: “This show is like nothing fans have ever experienced before and I know they’ll be blown away by the non-stop action and crazy antics.

“We have been developing and perfecting for this show for the past year in tours across Europe and the United States. Fans can expect a whole host of brand new stunts and performers that will absolutely blow their minds.”

And the fans will certainly be impressed as the athletes perform their stunts and best tricks off a multi-million dollar set and the famous Nitro Giganta Ramp, which is 50 feet high.

Not only will the Nitro Circus crew perform the biggest tricks in FMX and BMX, they will also push their limits and skill on skates, scooters and a range of other products including a rocking horse, Barbie car, kids tri-cycles, a bath tub and a couch.

One of the craziest stunts in the new show includes the extraordi­nary ‘hole-in-hole’.

Riders will launch 50 feet high into the air off the Giganta Ramp and attempt to land with pinpoint accuracy inside an inflatable Zorb ball. Among the performers will be Aaron ‘Wheelz’ Fotheringham. Since the age of seven, he has been in a wheelchair and became the world’s first extreme wheelchair athlete aged 21.

The fans can look forward to a series of world-first tricks combin­ing BMX and skateboarding from him. And to date, ‘Wheelz’ is the only person in the world to hit the  Nitro’s famous Giganta Ramp in a wheelchair so don’t be surprised if he repeats the feat in the UAE capital.

Mac S. Far, chief executive officer at Alchemy Project Entertainment which is organising Friday’s show, is delighted to welcome the Nitro Circus Live to Abu Dhabi.

He said: “It’s great to be able to bring the biggest and most popular action sports show in the world to the UAE as part of the country’s National Day weekend celebra­tions, which makes this event extra special.

“Nitro Circus is the largest action sports show on the planet, and we decided that the UAE National Day would be the best time to host such a fantastic show to the people living in the emirates.

“We have been able to deliver this not-to-be-missed show thanks to support from the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and the stunning Zayed Sports Stadium.”

What: Nitro Citrus Live
When: Friday, December 5, beginning at 20:00
Where: Zayed Sports Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Cost: Ticket Prices range from Dhs149 to Dhs699
Sport360 Verdict: Be ready to be amazed with some spectacular stunts in what will be a great evening of entertainment in Abu Dhabi.
Contact: www.nitrocircus.com or visit www.tixbox.com to purchase tickets (can also be bought at the venue)

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