Sport in the UAE this week - Ice Warrior Challenge, Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Ignite Pink is Punk

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There is no shortage of top sporting events in the Emirates and here’s our one-stop diary of everything that’s going on — welcome to our weekly feature, What’s Up UAE.

Are you attending or participating in one of the following events?

Share your experiences with us, using the hash-tag #whatsupuae on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

ICE WARRIOR CHALLENGE

Friday, October 6

Competitors can put their physical and mental skills to the test in the gruelling Ice Warrior Challenge at Ski Dubai.

This will be the eighth edition of the event and is expected be the toughest yet, with entrants required to climb over ice walls, ascend tangled ropes, drag and push lorry tyres and shovel snow – all while coping with the sub-zero degree conditions.

The winning male and female participants will receive 125,000 Emirates Skywards Miles and other prizes.

The Ice Warrior Challenge is suitable for all fitness levels and open to participants age 16 and up.

VENUE: Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates
MORE INFO: Ice Warrior Challenge

PAKISTAN VS SRI LANKA

Friday, October 6

Sri Lanka edged Pakistan to win the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

With the second Test set to start on Friday, can the Men in Green avenge defeat and rediscover their solid form on UAE soil?

VENUE: Dubai International Stadium
START TIME: 3:30PM
TICKETS: On sale at the venue

IRON STAR INDOOR TRIATHLON

Friday, October 6

GEMS World Academy will host the first indoor triathlon of the event season this Friday, and you don’t want to miss the action!

Athletes from around the UAE have been fully dedicated for this event, and the competition will prove to be a fierce one.

The rules are simple: swim 10 minute, cycle 30 minutes and run 20 minutes – with the aim being to clock as much distance as possible during the allocated time.

VENUE: GEMS World Academy
START TIME: 4.30PM
MORE INFO: Iron Star Indoor Triathlon

ARABIAN GULF CUP

Friday, October 6 – Saturday, October 7

Al Jazira look to put their recent poor run of domestic form behind them when they travel to Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium to face an in-form Al Ain side in the Arabian Gulf Cup.

In the other fixtures, Shabab Al Ahli entertain Sharjah as Cosmin Olaroiu’s side look to keep their grip on the trophy.

MORE INFO: AGL Website

Cosmin Olaroiu.

Cosmin Olaroiu.

IGNITE PINK IS PUNK SWIM RUN

Friday, October 6

There’s still time to register if you want to take part in the eighth edition of the Ignite Pink is Punk Swim: Run event, taking place on Friday.

Taking place at Anantara The Palm Resort in Dubai at 06:00, it promises to be bigger and better with every single penny raised being donated to the Safe and Sound Breast Cancer Awareness Programme.

The Open category consists of 600m swim, 3km beach and pavement run, while the Sprint event is 400m swim and a 1.6km beach and pavement run.

Juniors can enjoy a 200m swim and a 800m beach run, while there is also the Fun Run which consists of 3km beach and pavement run.

VENUE: Anantara The Palm, Dubai
START TIME: 06:00AM

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Where to watch the AFL Grand Final in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

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The AFL Grand Final is Australia’s biggest sporting event and on September 30, just about every TV will be tuned into Channel 7 for the big game!

In the UAE, thousands of Australian expats and AFL fans will be crowding around screens in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to watch Richmond in action against Adelaide.

With numerous places to witness the drama unfold, Sport360 has selected our pick of where to watch the action.

Which team would you like to see win the flag?

Let us know on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

BARASTI

Where: Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, Al Sufouh Road – Jumeirah Beach
Doors Open: 7.30am
Promotions: AED 125 for members/AED 175 for non-members for full buffet breakfast and parking. Deals on drinks until 11am.
Contact details: 043672437
Social media: Facebook

One of the best venues in Dubai to watch the game of the year.

The beach bar will be showing the match on its giant screen, with doors opening at 7.30am.

BIDI BONDI

Where: The Palm Shoreline
Doors Open: 7.30am
Promotions: 
AED 145 for four beverages and a main course
Contact details: 
044270515
Social media: 
Facebook

An Australian sports bar located on Palm Jumeirah, Bodi Bondi has 14 TVs and two giants screen screens to allow for a more cinematic view of the match.

A lively atmosphere is guaranteed at the home of AFL in Dubai.

THE TAP HOUSE

Where: Palm Jumeirah
Doors Open: 7.30am
Contact details: 045143778
Social media: Facebook

Located in the heart of Palm Jumeirah, the Tap House is a chilled out bar with a great atmosphere.

With a spacious surrounding and wide screen plasma televisions you won’t miss any of the action from Grand Final day.

SPORTSMAN’S ARMS

Where: Zayed Sports City
Doors Open: 7.30am
Promotions: 
AED 150 for unlimited soft drinks and water, and three vouchers for beverages.
Contact details: 024034235
Social media: Facebook

Located in the International Tennis Stadium of Zayed Sports City, Sportsmans Arms is a great venue to watch the drama unfold in the capital.

The American/Irish concept restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy food after taking in the thrilling footie action.

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Marco Asensio's leg pimple and eight other bizarre injuries in sport

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Marco Asensio missed Real Madrid’s Champions League opener on Wednesday night due to an infection caused by shaving his legs.

Zinedine Zidane told reporters ahead of Real’s 3-0 victory over APOEL Nicosia that the 21-year-old would not feature in the game because of a pimple which prevented him from pulling his sock up.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at other sportsmen who have suffered unusual injuries.

QUINTON DE KOCK

South Africa were forced to make a late SOS the night before their third Test against England in January 2016 after wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock slipped and twisted his knee while walking his dog.

The injury worsened overnight, prompting a late call-up for Dane Vilas, and while De Kock might want to forget the nature of the injury, South Africa will also want to forget the result after losing by seven wickets, which handed England the series.

RORY McILROY

In unusual circumstances, Rory McIlroy suffered a “total rupture” of his left ankle nine days before the 2015 Open Championship at St Andrews, forcing him to withdraw.

The defending champion posted a picture of himself, via his Instagram account, wearing a protective boot on his left leg after, in his own words, “a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday”.

GLENN McGRATH

Perhaps the most memorable of all, Australia paceman McGrath turned his ankle ahead of the second Ashes Test in 2005 when he stepped on a stray cricket ball during a warm-up game of touch rugby.

He missed the Test which England won in thrilling fashion to level the series at 1-1.

They would go on to take the series 2-1, winning again at Trent Bridge – another match McGrath missed through injury.

WAYNE ROONEY

The then England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney caused controversy in 2015 when a video emerged of him boxing with former team-mate Phil Bardsley in his kitchen.

A blow from Bardsley floored Rooney who fell backwards onto the floor and, after the video was aired, Rooney celebrated a goal against Tottenham by shadow boxing and then pretending to hit the deck.

“I was in a house with some friends. Obviously I was caught on the wrong end of a punch, but I wasn’t knocked out like it was reported,” Rooney said.

SVEIN GRONDALEN

Norway defender Svein Grondalen probably saw nothing wrong when he put on his running shoes and stepped out for a training run.

However, while out jogging he collided with a moose and was forced to withdraw from an international as a result.

JOBA CHAMBERLAIN

Detroit Tigers pitcher Joba Chamberlain knows McIlroy’s pain, having suffered an ankle injury of his own.

Back in 2012, when on the books of the New York Yankees, he embarked on some trampolining with his son but came down awkwardly and sidelined himself.

DAVID JAMES

Former England goalkeeper David James was never afraid of standing out from the crowd, but he brought himself unwanted headlines when he injured his shoulder while out fishing, causing himself pain when he tried to land a monster carp.

Some of James’ injuries were not caused by other sports, though, for he once pulled a muscle in his back when reaching for the television remote control.

JAMIE DONALDSON

Ryder Cup star Jamie Donaldson suffered a severe finger injury following a mishap with a chainsaw in January 2016.

The Welshman, who claimed the decisive point as Europe defeated the United States in September 2014, posted a graphic photo on Twitter of what seemed to be a laceration to the little finger on his left hand.

Above the image, he wrote: ”So folks in my time off decided to have a fight with a chainsaw and lost! Oops!! C u in Dubai.”

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