The world’s best young athletes will descend on the UAE in February for The World School Games 2018 — a unique international multi-sport event that allows primary school students to showcase their talent, diversity, and sportsmanship.
Some of the most prestigious international schools from across the globe will attend the three-day event, which will be staged at Dubai Sports City. A minimum of 16 students (eight boys and eight girls) from each school will take part in swimming, athletics and football in a bid to accrue the most points and be crowned world champions.
“Sport is a universal language, and it has the power to unite people like nothing else on this planet,” says James Hair, a member of the World School Games board.
“We wanted to create a truly international event that brings people together from all over the world, breaks down social and cultural barriers, and celebrates the talents and diversity of children from different countries, backgrounds and education systems.”
Despite 2018 being the inaugural year, the competition has instantly captured the imaginations of schools from far and wide. Schools from Spain, Greece, Kazakhstan, Nigeria and Uganda have registered to enter the Games so far. The first secondary edition is scheduled to take place in Dubai in February 2019.
UAE schools can register for the World Primary School Games by emailing: [email protected]
Some of the premier leaders in international sport will share their insight at iSportconnect’s Summit in Dubai at the end of this month.
The exclusive, invitation-only event offers up to 150 top-tier executives in sport and entertainment the unique opportunity to learn and network at Address Boulevard on November 29.
There will also be a more relaxed networking reception for delegates the day before from 18:00.
Several speakers from some of the biggest sport leagues and corporations have already confirmed their attendance: Ben Morel, managing director and senior VP of NBA Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Brett Gosper, CEO of World Rugby; Adolfo Bara, managing director of marketing and sales at LaLiga; Alistair Kirkwood, managing director at NFL UK; Jerry Newman, sport partnership lead of EMEA at Facebook; Murray Barnett, head of global sponsorship and commercial partnerships at Formula One; Aarti Dabas, head of media rights, broadcast and digital at International Cricket Council; Fernando Sanz, general director of Middle East and North Africa and international sports projects at La Liga; Nuala Walsh, chief marketing officer at Standard Life Aberdeen; Sanjay Raina, general manager and senior VP for the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan at Fox Networks Group/National Geographic; Hussein Murad, CEO and co-founder of Inspiratus Group; Jon Hall, chief growth officer at Kodak; and Ahmed Zaki, senior director of live communications at Du.
The Summit will begin on November 29 with the arrival of the delegates at 09:30, followed by four panels throughout the day: Inside LaLiga’s Brand Partnerships at 11:15; From Sponsorship to Partnership: What do brands want from sport? at 12:20; Broadcasting and the Digital Audience at 14:10; and Global Sports, Local Fans, Local Events at 15:30.
Other talks and case studies will be mixed, while lunch will be served mid-day and beverages at the conclusion.
Sree Varma, founder and CEO of iSportconnect, said: “I’m delighted to be bringing an iSportconnect Summit to Dubai for the first time.
“Our thought provoking content programme featuring household names from the sporting world such as LaLiga, World Rugby, NBA and Formula One will ensure delegates have intimate access to key decision makers in the industry.
“There is so much opportunity in the Middle East and I cannot wait for our wider network to build new relationships by sharing ideas, best practices and future plans with their high-ranking peers. As we follow Chatham House Rules, all discussions and conversations will remain strictly confidential, promoting a free exchange of ideas.”
Delegates interested in joining the summit can contact [email protected].
Joseph O’Brien bettered his father Aidan as Rekindling outpointed Johannes Vermeer to lead home an Irish clean sweep of the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington.
The three-year-old, who was last seen when finishing fourth in the St Leger at Doncaster, found an extra gear in the final half-furlong to see off Johannes Vermeer by a long neck and give his 24-year-old trainer the biggest win of his career so far.
The Willie Mullins-trained Max Dynamite was a further two and a half lengths back in third in what was a notable result for the Irish team.
The result caps a memorable year for the O’Brien family with Aidan having surpassed Bobby Frankel’s world record when sending out a 26th Group One winner of the year at Doncaster last month.
Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup as Euros dominate! pic.twitter.com/AnzZRHRQEb— TVG (@TVG) November 7, 2017
“I can’t quite believe it yet. I’m so delighted for Lloyd and Nick (Williams, owners). They suggested to bring him down and that he would have a good chance in the race,” said the winning trainer.
“His prep went really well. Corey gave him an unbelievable ride and I’m just so delighted for everyone – all the lads at home and the lads that have been down here have done an unbelievable job.
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet to be honest.
“He had a very light weight and Corey gave him a great ride. It’s not often in a big race like that the whole run goes so well. I’m over the moon.”
“I spoke to my dad and he’s delighted. I’m going to enjoy today and hopefully we’ll have a horse good enough to come back.”
Lloyd Williams, who was winning the race for the sixth time, told Channel 7: “I’m so proud of this young man – he’s a star.
“I’ve been telling people the father needs to watch out!”
Brown was riding his second Melbourne Cup winner after Shocking in 2009 and said :”I’m speechless. It’s a dream to even ride in the race, but to come out and win it again, I’m lost for words.”
Max Dynamite was beaten just half a length in second two years ago and Mullins was thrilled to see him make the frame again, with his other two runners also finishing in the top 10.
Well played, son. Joseph O'Brien collects the Emirates Melbourne Cup after the success of Rekindling pic.twitter.com/VgCbEztn28— Racing Post (@RacingPost) November 7, 2017
He told www.Racing.com: “I’m delighted with him. I thought about halfway up the stretch that if he could get room, he might get out and do it, but I think his age maybe caught up with him.
“We’re delighted with him and Thomas Hobson, who eventually got into sixth, and Wicklow Brave who was 10th, what more can you ask for?
“We’ll just have to get a new group of horses probably (to come back). These guys are probably at the end of their career at this level, but I’ll be back.”
Ben Melham pointed to the heavier weight of Johannes Vermeer, who was beaten a long neck in second, as the probable reason for defeat.
He said: “He had a great run throughout. I thought we were home, but probably the weight was the difference.”
Iain Jardine’s Ebor winner Nakeeta kept on well to finish fifth and rider Glyn Schofield said: “It was a super run. He just kept coming strongly, it was a good run.”
Morrison also felt Marmelo had not given his best performance and is keen to have another attempt in 2018.
He said: “You’d have to say he ran a bit flat. He’s had a run recently and he’s had a long season, he didn’t disgrace himself but I think the form book says he’s better than that.
“He’s only a young and inexperienced horse and hopefully we’ll be back next year with a bigger, stronger horse. He’s got it in him to go very close in a race like this.
“I will certainly be trying to persuade everyone to come back next year as we’ve had a fantastic time and with regards to the result, we’ve gone back with an experience we’ll be telling everyone about at home.”
Hugo Palmer’s Wall Of Fire had also been well fancied for the race, but he trailed home 16th with jockey Craig Williams believing he had just not shown his best.
He said: “It was a bit of a muddling stop-start race and I thought my horse responded really well under those conditions. He came off the bridle at the 700 (metre mark) which is normally to his liking.
“Once I cut the corner and balanced him up, I expected him to start staying on and if he’d stayed on strongly he might have been back a little bit far back, but he just didn’t stay on at all.
“Hopefully he comes through the race well, he just didn’t run up to his European form.”
US Army Ranger came home 18th and Jamie Spencer: “He passed a few beaten ones, never got hold of him.”
Frankie Dettori teamed up with last year’s winner Almandin but he reported the Robert Hickmott-trained runner had failed to fire in 12th.
He said: “I was stuck three wide and the horse was flat, he never carried me today. He ran like a flat horse.”
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