Tournament organisers have put added emphasis on sports for special needs athletes, including two new disciplines in the form of Goalball and Deaf Football.
The Goalball will be an exhibition event on the opening night, with the main competitions getting under way the following day with the volleyball tournament.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council (DSC), this year’s tournament is being held in seven disciplines, including futsal, volleyball, a 10km road run, a 75-km cycling race, wheelchair basketball, archery, goalball and deaf football, with a total prize fund of Dh8 million for the various winners.
The tournament this year is being held under a new theme ‘Limitless Abilities’ in keeping with the aim to encourage sports for special needs athletes.
The volleyball competition will start from Wednesday with eight teams in the fray. The teams have been divided into two groups who will initially play in a round-robin format to decide the best two from each group, before the final on June 15.
The Wheelchair Basketball will be held at the Dubai Club for Special Sports in Al Ghusais with the final scheduled for June 25.
There will be an archery competition in various categories from June 11-13, while the tournament will conclude with the finals of all sections on June 19.
Promising ‘all sports all summer’, DSW 2016 is spread across DWTC’s Sheikh Saeed Halls 1, 2 and 3, and the Trade Centre Arena, covering 25,000m² of air-conditioned, indoor space. It is set to offer a thrilling 12-week schedule of sports, tournaments and academy training until August 27.
Heading the list of new attractions is the wrestling ring, which supplements the usual facilities which include basketball courts, football pitches and ping pong tables.
“We are delighted to support Dubai World Trade Centre’s annual summer sporting initiative that presents fantastic indoor facilities with a vast variety of sports for people of all ages and all skill sets,” said Dubai Sports Council general secretary Saeed Hareb. “Dubai Sports World is a strong partner supporting the Dubai Sports Council in ensuring Dubai’s sporting sector continues to grow and paves the way for positioning Dubai as the pioneering city of sports.”
As well as the wrestling ring, DSW 2016 rolls out four pro-standard size pitches for five-a-side football, four pro-standard size pitches for seven-a-side football, six basketball courts, three tennis courts, eight badminton courts, 12 ping pong tables, a mini cricket pitch, a regulation-sized volleyball court, a state-of-the-art gym, a dedicated fitness studio for group classes and a cycling studio.
A free-to-use 545-metre indoor running track is also present.
DSW provides safe, affordable indoor facilities for grassroots sports programmes for children of all ages, which will be run by leading professional training institutions from across the UAE. Many free sporting activities are available for the entire family, with entry to DSW not costing anything.
Dedicated coaching for kids and teens from the ages of four-18 comes from Hoops Academy, G-Force Cricket Academy, International Football Academy, Tennis 360, Kanoute Football Academy and Dubai Pro Wrestling Academy.
“It is finally time to open the doors to Dubai Sports World 2016,” said Ahmed Alkhaja, senior vice president – venues, DWTC. “We are thrilled to welcome sports enthusiasts and professional athletes alike to this 12-week opportunity for indoor sports and fitness.
“Dubai Sports World 2016 is a unique community platform that encourages a spirit of gamesmanship and camaraderie, all here in the heart of Dubai.
“We want to reinforce the importance of sports and fitness as a lifestyle, especially for our youth. Dubai Sports World has brought onboard an assortment of leading academies from the UAE to offer a variety of clnics and summer camps, helping the younger generation compete in a healthy yet fun environment.”
Information about pitch bookings, rates and how to enroll in summer camps can be found on www.dubaisportsworld.ae or by calling +97143064000.
This summer the former tennis world No1 will be inducted into the International Hall of Fame, and rightfully so.
The Belgian, who celebrates her 34th birthday today, is renowned as one of the best tennis players of the 2000s.
She won 43 WTA titles, including seven grand slams (four French Open, two US Open and one Australian Open) and was ranked No1 for a total of 117 weeks (seventh all-time).
She is also an Olympic gold medallist winning the singles crown at the 2004 Games.
Henin was one of the smallest players on tour but possessed arguably the best one-handed backhand and combined it with her incredible athleticism and mental fortitude to become one of the most successful stars before her first retirement in 2008.
She would return in 2010 but retired indefinitely a year later due to an elbow injury.
Other sports stars born on this day:
1981: Carlos Zambrano, holds the Chicago Cubs record for most home runs by a pitcher (35).
1985: Tirunesh Dibaba, is an Ethiopian long-distance runner, who won 10,000m gold at London 2012 (31).
1986: Ben Smith, is a fullback for the Highlanders a Rugby World Cup winner with New Zealand (30).
1988: Javier Hernandez, is a striker for Bayer Leverkusen and Mexico’s second-highest all-time goal scorer (28).