UAE mustered enough medals to finish in third place as Oman came out on top in the battle of the second GCC Beach Games after a week of intense competition.
Oman finished with a total of 12 medals, 7 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze. Qatar was a close second with six medals, 4 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal, while the UAE finished third with 10 medals in total, 1 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze.
The Games took place from the April 2 – 9 April and saw top athletes from the GCC take part in the fierce competitions, hosted in Al-Gharafa Club and Katara Cultural Village.
— 2nd GCC Beach Games (@GCC_BeachGames) April 9, 2015
Qatar’s handball team had an undefeated run in the Games, demolishing the competition to win the gold after defeating Bahrain in a final that was played in an electrifying atmosphere to the drums of Qatari fans. The Omani handball team took the silver medal while Bahrain settled for bronze.
Team Qatar’s volleyball team was also victorious in the Games, after winning both sets of the final match and defeating the Omani team 2-0. Qatar’s volleyball team took home the gold medal while Oman’s team B and A took silver and bronze respectively.
Speaking after the final medals ceremony, Secretary General of the Qatar Olympic Committee and President of the Organizing Committee, His Excellency Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said:
“We are honored to have hosted the 2nd GCC Beach Games and we are confident that this edition has set a new standard for the hosting of future GCC Beach Games and raised the profile of beach sports across the whole of the GCC.
“We are very proud of the performance of all our athletes and we hope that the high-level competition has inspired young people across our nation and our region and fostered their passion for sport.”
Meanwhile, Oman topped the points table and took home the gold medal after an intense run in the football competition with the UAE, who took the silver medal while Kuwait won bronze. The football competition was especially close, with the UAE and Oman a mere point away from each other throughout the Games.
The Closing Ceremony of the Games saw His Excellency Sheikh Saoud award Qatar the gold medal in the 3×3 Basketball event while the UAE won the silver medal and Kuwait claimed bronze – after a stunning final that brought the crowd to their feet, ending the second GCC Beach Games on a high.
The Beach Games are exemplary of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s commitment to sport in general, and beach games in particular, which have recently grown to become a major focus for international sport.
— 2nd GCC Beach Games (@GCC_BeachGames) April 9, 2015
GCC National Olympic Committees, during an Executive Board meeting of the GCC Beach Games earlier on Thursday, reaffirmed their commitment to the GCC Beach Games which offers invaluable experience for athletes, officials and hosts alike.
Attending the Executive Board Meeting were Secretary General of the Bahrain Olympic Committee Abdulrahman Askar, and Taha al-Kethairi, Secretary General of the Oman Olympic Committee, who praised Qatar’s hosting of the Games, emphasizing that Qatar has once again set a new standard by hosting a unique and innovative edition.
They also praised the addition of rowing to this year’s Games, especially in light of Qatar hosting the prestigious GCC Rowing Championship in 2016.
There were quarter-final wins for Ramy Ashour, Nick Matthew and Mohamed Elshorbagy in El Gouna International on Wednesday.
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Starting today (Thursday) until Saturday, the three-day event at The Beach in Dubai will have a range of entertainment, headlined by international skateboards Adil Dyani and Pontus Bjorn, and BMX riders Zachary Poland-Shaw and Dean Cueson.
Bjorn is a 25-year-old professional skateboarder from Sweden, while Dyani from Norway holds the Guinness World Record for the highest skateboard drop into a quarter pipe at 9.39 metres.
The duo of Poland-Shaw, who placed third in the BMX World Championships 2013, and Cueson both hail from the United Kingdom and will dazzle spectators with daredevil acts.
Not only will the pros be out, but amateur skateboards, BMX riders, freestyle footballers and local break-dancers are also welcome to showcase their skills as also Dubai’s young, up-and-coming talent in a competition arena.
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B-boys and b-girls can compete in a solo battle for a total cash prize of Dh6,000 to be split between first, second and third place. To register for the competition, visit www.urban-roots-society.com.
In addition to the impressive athleticism display, the event will feature MC Tamer to pump up the crowd with music, while popular graffiti artists UNAVIDA from France will treat the public to a one-off tag during the weekend.
The event will run from 16:00 to 20:00 each day of the weekend at the North Lawn Amphitheatre, The Beach.
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Where: North Lawn Amphitheatre of The Beach, Dubai
When: Thursday, April 9 to Saturday, April 13 from 16:00 to 20:00
Contact: Visit www.facebook.com/TheBeachDubai for more information