Team BR83 win Sultan of the Desert challenge

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Relay challenge: Start of the race.

Team BR83 won the Red Bull Sul­tan of the Desert, a multi discipline relay race which made its debut in Al Ain on the weekend.

Team Testosterone and Team Oman finished the race in second and third respectively.

Teams of three attempted the relay race’s three main disciplines – 15km run, 15km mountain biking and 12.1km kayaking, while a hand­ful of athletes tackled all three dis­ciplines individually.

Lebanese Nader Jaber was first in the run leg in a time of 57 minutes 40 seconds, with Louis Holtzhausen and Gustavo Netto in second and third respectively.

Suleiman Al Alawi of Oman topped the mountain biking leg in a time of one hour 26secs.

The kayaking leg was claimed by Dave Shennan, who’s performance helped Team BR83 claim first posi­tion.

Carl Bailey and Netto went head-to-head in all three disciplines, separated by a mere 10 seconds to Bailey’s advantage.

Seasoned athlete and Guinness World Record holder Eva Clarke also took a stab at all three dis­ciplines with a total time of four hours 59 minutes and six seconds.

After crossing the finish line Clarke, said: “This was tougher than breaking records. I am happy with my result. The race was full of surprises and you didn’t really know what to expect in each stage.”

Vitor Carvalho, Shennan and Hotzhausen of Team BR83 were very happy with clinching the title, and said they had pushed their bod­ies and minds to the limit on rough terrain and in ambient tempera­tures.

The imposing Jebel Al Hafeet was the setting for the race.

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Gulf NOCs put foreign athletes in focus

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In agreement: GCC NOC members.

The issue of naturalising ath­letes was on top of the agenda at the 81st GCC Olympic Commit­tee meeting, which kicked off in Dubai yesterday.

The meeting, which brought to­gether heads of the National Ol­ympic Committees (NOC) of Gulf states, discussed a number of issues including the eligibility of natural­ised athletes participating in up­coming GCC Games.

The committee agreed that they should follow the rules of the Inter­national Olympic Committee (IOC) by only allowing naturalised ath­letes who have held a passport and been a resident of the adopted GCC country for at least three years.

While in the case of football, they will follow FIFA’s eligibility rules which state that a player must have the passport and be a resident of his adopted country for at least five years.

The decision hopes to provide more opportunities for local ath­letes to compete in GCC competi­tions, according to the committee.

It also comes on the heels of the Asian Games, where the issue of naturalised athletes was raised more than once.

The UAE judo team, represented by three Moldovan-born judokas, were sent home for failing to meet the three-year residency rule.

A host of African-born track and field athletes scooped several med­als for Gulf states at the recently-concluded Asian Games, sparking further debate over naturalisation.

“Naturalisation is a univer­sal thing and isn’t just specific to one country or another,” insisted Abdulrahman Askar, the secretary general of the Bahrain NOC. “What we have done now is that we are making sure we are following the IOC code.” 

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Sign up now for Newton Running 10-mile race

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Fun is the name of the game: The Newton Running 10-mile race will start from Emirates Golf Club on October 31.

You do not have much time if you want to sign up and prepare for the inaugural Newton Running 10-mile race on Friday, October 31.

Supported the by UAE Athletics Federation and Dubai Sports Council in their drive to promoting a healthy lifestyle, the non-profit race will start at Emirates Golf Club, covering a route that will also include the Jebel Ali Race Track.

Organised and promoted by FBA Sports, the registration numbers have slowly been increasing ahead of the October 24 deadline.

With the race open to people aged 18-years and over, Anne Bester, the race director, is encouraging the public to take part in the first edition.

She said: “We want to attract people of different abilities and especially those who are just beginning their season and preparing for longer distance events later in the season.

“There are some races that are long distances but we thought it would be nice to have a short but challenging distance as this can allow people to measure how their fitness is and use it as a stepping stone by hopefully pushing them further in the longer distance events.”

And the Newton Running brand is delighted to be associated with the race.

Samantha Cadwallader, Newton Running brand manager, said: “We are thrilled to be associated with events like this 10-mile race, which will see runners of all abilities participating together and achieving their personal goals.

“Promoting a healthy lifestyle by sponsoring a running event is just one of the ways we can contribute to creating an environment that cultivates camaraderie while inspiring people in the UAE to be more active.”

There are six categories to choose from depending on your age group.

The Open category is for people between 18 and 39, the Sub-Veteran is for those between 40 and 44, and Veteran is aimed for people aged 45 and 49.

Additionally, people aged between 50-54, can take part in the Sub-Master category, the Master category is open for people aged 55 to 59, while runners aged 60 and above can take part in the 60-Plus event.

There are some fantastic prizes to win with the top three male and female winners receiving a pair of Newton Running performance shoes, as well as vouchers being awarded on the day.

Entry is Dh160 which includes breakfast.

To register visit www.premieronline.com before the closing deadline on Friday, October 24.

What: Newton Running 10-Mile race
Where: Emirates Golf Club, Dubai (starting point)
When: Friday, October 31 at 06:15
Contact: For registration or more information visit the Premier Online website above

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