Mohammed Ben Sulayem’s sport management book in global demand

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Essential reading: Mohammed Ben Sulayem (l).

The first ever book examining the burgeoning growth of sport management in the Middle East, which was co-authored by Mohammed Ben Sulayem, has been released in a new paperback version to meet international demand.

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The book, titled Sport Management in the Middle East: A Case Study Analysis, was written by Sulayem, president of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE), in conjunction with ATCUAE director Dr Sean O’Connor and leading UK academic professor David Hassan from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.

It was launched in Abu Dhabi two years ago by Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, with sales surpassing expectations of publishers Routledge.

As a result Routledge decided to release a new paperback version which is now available for order from the company online.

“The level of sales reflects the significance of the book as a serious and in-depth analysis of the business and management of sport in the Middle East region,” said Sulayem.

“The global sports industry is projected to reach $145 billion (Dh532bn) by the end of this year, and research and knowledge are both critical to the Middle East growing its already substantial share in the industry.”

In addition to providing an overview of the region’s sporting strategy and key stakeholders, the book offers a number of detailed case-studies of sport in individual Middle Eastern countries. 

The book has become a unique guide to sport management in the region, and makes essential reading for any serious student or scholar of sport management, sport business, Middle East studies, or sport and society. 

The importance of sport in profiling the Middle East globally is now widely accepted.

Top sports events in the UAE, including the Dubai World Cup, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and PGA European Tour golf tournaments as well as the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and the Grand Prix of Bahrain, have placed the region at the forefront of the sport, event and tourism sectors worldwide.

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Indy Lights - Spencer Pigot leapfrogs Dubai's Ed Jones

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Tough weekend: Edward Jones in Birmingham.

Dubai-based Briton Edward Jones endured a disappointing weekend after he lost the lead of the Indy Lights championship when Spencer Pigot won his second race on the trot late last night in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Jones, who has shifted focus from racing in the Formula Three championship in Europe earlier and turned to Indy Lights in the United States with Carlin from this season, appeared to be off the pace the whole weekend, finishing race two second from bottom.

Race one winner Pigot clearly relishes the Barber Motorsports Park circuit, where one year ago he won both rounds of the Pro Mazda Championship.

This weekend, after stepping up to Indy Lights with his Juncos Racing team by virtue of a Pro Mazda Championship title and a Mazdaspeed scholarship, Pigot repeated the feat as he dominated both races that comprised the Legacy Indy Lights 100.

Englishman Jack Harvey, who finished second in the championship in 2014, losing out on the title only on a tie-breaker, finished second again – for the fourth time in five races this season. Former Formula One driver Max Chilton took third to secure his first podium appearance of the season. 

Pigot, 21, from Orlando, Florida, led all 35 laps yesterday after starting from the pole. His only real scare came on Lap 13, when Jones (Carlin), who had rejoined almost a lap down following an incident on the first lap, came across his bows just as Pigot was turning into the final corner.

Contact was made but miraculously there was no lasting damage to either of the Mazda-powered Dallara IL-15s. Jones continued to finish 11th.

Pigot’s second win in as many days, allied to a pair of third and a second in the opening three races of the season, was enough for him to leapfrog Jones in the championship points table by a margin of 132 to 125.

Pigot said: “I was behind Ed when he came back out on the track and was behind him pretty much the entire race.

“I was quicker than he was but it’s a difficult place to pass, with all the aero-dependent corners. I tried to take the opportunity to get around him, so I could stop abusing my tyres trying to get around him.

“I got alongside but he wasn’t going to let me by and we touched wheels. I decided to let him run his race at that point. But I knew I was pulling away from Jack at the same time, so I didn’t want to take any chances.

“It’s been an amazing weekend. We got the car sorted out very quickly out of the trailer on Friday and the car has been fantastic all three days. It’s great to have your first wins under your belt; you know you can do it now but it also adds pressure on you and your team.”

Harvey ran second throughout, despite driving with a broken thumb sustained one week ago at Long Beach. Scott Anderson finished a distant fifth, followed by impressive Indy Lights newcomer Sean Rayhall, who finally snuck past yesterday’s podium finisher RC Enerson with a fine pass in Turn 6.

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In scorching form: Spencer Pigot.

Spencer Pigot broke Dubai-based Edward Jones’ three-race winning spree by triumphing in the first of two weekend races of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, late on Saturday night.

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Pigot led from start to finish, and such was his domination that second-placed Jack Harvey was 6.7109sec behind in second with RC Enerson 24.2826sec further back in fourth.

Briton Jones finished fourth, 24.2826sec behind eventual winner Pigot. The Dubai-based youngster though continues to lead the championship.

Earlier in the day, after 40 minutes of almost constant shuffling of positions at the top of the pack, Pigot and Juncos Racing claimed pole position for Race 1.

The qualifying position came as some kind of redemption for Pigot, who seemed to have the pole within his grasp one week ago on the streets of Long Beach, only to be edged out in the dying moments by Harvey.

Harvey, driving for seven-time Indy Lights championship-winning team Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian, ended 0.2505sec shy in second place during yesterday’s qualifying run.

Championship leader Jones (Carlin) finished third fastest and started Race 1 from row two of the grid with Pigot’s team-mate Kyle Kaiser, followed by Schmidt Peterson’s Enerson and the ex-F1 driver Max Chilton, also of Carlin.

The one-hour Race 2 feature event will run on Sunday at 23:50 UAE time.

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