Team Victor takes inaugural Shuttle Time Dubai Club Championships title

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In the final of the inaugural Shuttle Time Dubai Badminton Club Championships, Team Victor lived up to their name on Friday, to take the Group A title in a tight contest with Shuttle Shooters at Dubai Sports World.

Over 120 players from 12 teams have fought it out over the last five weeks for a shot at the club crown, competing across five categories; Men’s Singles; Men’s Doubles; Mixed Doubles; Boy’s/Women’s Doubles, and Masters Doubles (40 and above).

After Arab Badminton Club defeated Badeemonz to take out the Group B title last week, all eyes were on Team Victor and Shuttle Shooters as they battled for the spoils in Group A.

Team Victor.

Both teams had come through three early rounds with two wins and a loss, before triumphing over undefeated opposition in the semi-finals.

In a see-saw contest, Shuttle Shooters took the lead in the first of five matches, taking out the Mixed Doubles in four games, before Team Victor fought back in the Boy’s/Women’s Doubles to level the tie at one-all.

Team Victor’s star player, Indonesian born Heri Setiawan, a member of the Bahrain National Team, took control in the Men's Singles as he outclassed Shuttle Shooter’s Rahul Raghu.

Shuttle Shooters Men's Doubles.

Shuttle Shooters were not finished though, and fought back to win the Masters Doubles and after forty minutes of action, levelled the score at 2-2.

In meant the final went to a deciding Men's Doubles match where Tem Victor’s Heri Setiawan teamed up with Alfaz Kalam to face Shuttle Shooter’s Vinod and Avinash Vishnu. Team Victor took the first game, before Shuttle Shooters responded in kind to take the second.

Team Victor then took a narrow victory in the third before stepping up a gear to take the final game, and with it the Championship title, winning 11-4, 8-11, 9-11, 4-11.

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Alex Tharakan, Captain of Team Victor was delighted with his club’s win, saying: “This is great, fantastic, this is the first time that Shuttle Time Dubai has arranged this Championship and we are very happy to have won.

"It’s been very motivating and challenging to be part of this event, there’s a lot of participants, it’s good to see the diverse communities come together and it’s great for our team to to have won the first Club Championship. We loved being part of it!”

Team Victor also won the chance to attend coaching sessions with Badminton legend and former world number one Peter Gade.

Arab Badminton Club - Group B Winners with Hessa Al Kous.

Dubai Badminton Development Manager and Tournament Director Jaffer Ebrahim was very happy with the event: “It’s been a very successful tournament and there’s been a lot of excitement for the five weeks throughout the summer.

"The idea of Shuttle Time Dubai is to support and encourage the clubs, and now we have a lot of interest from them to improve their coaching and facilities, which will help increase the number of players here in Dubai.

"We are hoping this will be an annual event and all the clubs are looking forward to participating in this event each summer. Badeemonz - Group B Runners-Up.

“Our next big project will be Shuttle Time Dubai National Training Centres, we will be targeting 160 Emirati players in four different centres and this will run for three months. We will also continue to do teacher education, technical official education, and tours to schools to promote badminton and to promote the Dubai World Superseries Finals.”

The attention of badminton fans will now turn to the Dubai World Superseries Finals which will be held at the Hamdan Sports Complex from 9-13 December, only 100 days away. 

Tickets are on sale at www.ticketmaster.ae, and for all information about the event visit the Facebook page Dubai World Superseries Finals. For more information on Shuttle Time Dubai visit Badminton Shuttle Time Dubai on Facebook.

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Salgado and Ferling on hand to support DSC Open Day

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Salgado (l) will be at the Open Day.

Dubai Sports City are preparing to showcase the very best sport that they offer after opening their doors to allow families across the UAE a better chance of participating and enjoying an active lifestyle. 

The indoor Football Dome, located inside Dubai Sports City’s Sports Village will house the facility’s 2015 Open Day and those that want to participate in a number of the site’s sporting offerings will get to sign up to its academies.

Held Saturday, 5th September between 10am and 2pm, it will showcase the cricket, football and golf academies both indoor and outdoor across the sprawling Sports Village campus.

The family fun-day is free to all and allows parents and their children to meet the likes of former Real Madrid defender, Michael Salgado who runs the site’s Spanish Soccer Schools. 

The Els Club will also display what they offer the young generation of golfers with the internationally renowned Butch Harmon School of Golf on hand to give kids the chance to get involved.

“Dubai Sports City’s Open Day is an exciting event not just for the kids but for us as organisers because we all know we make kids so much happier year after year,” said Dubai Sports City General Manager – Sports Business, Maqbul Dudhia. “This year in particular is set to be the most exciting yet because we are now at a stage where we have more sport to offer than ever before.”

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Coaches will be available to interact with the children and give them insights on their favorite sport, providing enough information to both kids and parents to decide which sport best suits them. Kids who then sign up for an academy of their choice will receive special discounts and prizes for their registration.

Will Kitchen, General Manager of the ICC Academy explained that there will be a special guest attending the Open Day, saying: “We have Holly Ferling from the Australian Women’s Cricket team who will be with us which is really great.

“Holly made her debut in top-class cricket at the age of 14 so she has great experience of getting opportunities in sport which she can pass on to the families that come and see us on Saturday.”

The Dubai Sports City Open Day will also play host to a host of fun activities that keep the whole family entertained for hours. These include face painting, a bouncy castle, food and drinks as well as exciting competitions.

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In the final: Russia.

There will be a new name on the FIVB Men’s Under-23 World Volleyball Championship trophy on Monday night as Russia and Turkey vie for the title in the gold medal match at Dubai’s Al Nasr Hall.

Italy and Cuba will play in the bronze medal match after they both suffered emphatic 3-0 losses to the finalists yesterday.

Brazil, winners of the inaugural tournament two years ago, will take on Argentina in the battle of South America in the 5th/6th place play-off with Iran and South Korea clashing in the 7th/8th place game.

As well as overall victory, Russia will also be battling to maintain their unbeaten record in Dubai. They fought aggressively to dominate Italy, winning 25-20, 25-18, 27-25 in the their semi-final, opposite top-scoring with 17 points, followed by Sergei Nikitin (13) and Igor Kiluka (12).

Turkey, meanwhile, inflicted a first defeat of the tournament on Cuba in their whitewash win of 25-19, 25-18 and 27-25 in their last four encounter, star outside hitter Gokhan Gokgoz leading the Turkey charge with 21 points.

Opposite attacker Metin Toy added 17 points in an impressive display. The Brazilians outclassed Korea 3-0 to set up a clash with Argentina, who cruised past a battling Iran 3-1.

It’s been a disappointing performance, however, for the host nation, the UAE struggling to make an impact on home soil. The UAE were whitewashed in four of the five Pool A games, losing 3-0 to Iran, Italy, Cuba and Korea, and going down 3-1 to Egypt on Wednesday

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