Dubai Sports Council continues support of The Color Run

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The finish line: The Color Run.

The Color Run presented by Daman’s ActiveLife has announced the event will once again be supported by Dubai Sports Council in a joint bid to drive healthier and more active lifestyles throughout the UAE.

The two groups will work with organisers to build fitness awareness across the community in the build-up to and during the event.

The ‘Happiest 5k on the Planet’, is presented by National Health Insurance Company – Daman’s ActiveLife initiative, and provides an untimed, unpressurised and family-friendly exercise environment that aims to combat obesity and excite people about getting fit and active.

Dr. Sven Rohte, Chief Commercial Officer at Daman, presenting partner of the event said: Each year we are seeing an increase in both the number of fitness related events taking place in the UAE, as well as the number of UAE residents who are choosing to take part in them.

"We are pleased to see so many people taking an active involvement in their health and improving their fitness levels by training for events including The Color Run.

“This year marks the third year of The Color Run in Dubai, and we are looking forward to seeing many new and returning faces taking part this year.  Daman is pleased to be a continuing sponsor of this fun and worthwhile fitness event.”

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H.E. Saeed Harib, Secretary General of the Dubai Sports Council, added: “The Color Run presented by Daman’s ActiveLife has proven to be an extremely popular event in Dubai, attracting more than 20,000 participants since it launched in 2013.

"Both the event and Daman’s ActiveLife share our own aspirations of creating accessible platforms for exercise that will lead to a healthier community and nation.”

Entries are now officially on sale, following a sold-out ‘early bird’ summer promotion that saw thousands book their spot in this year’s event.

Aspiring Color Runners can sign up for the November 21 event at retail partner Adventure HQ’s JBR and Times Square (Dubai), and Dalma Mall (Abu Dhabi) stores.

Entrants will receive their Race Packs in-store, which have undergone a colorful makeover with a new vibrant t-shirt and rainbow headband. Adventure HQ now stocks official The Color Run merchandise including tutus, sunglasses, socks and trucker caps.

Entries are on sale now at www.thecolorrun.ae and Adventure HQ stores and cost AED 160, including the supercharged new Race Packs.

In keeping with The Color Run’s tenet of giving back to the community, $1 from every registration will be donated to Friends of Cancer Patients charity through the Just Giving platform.

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Russia claim World Volleyball gold with 3-1 win over Turkey

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The Russian team celebrate.

Russia captured the men’s Under-23 World Volleyball Championship title to complete their dominant run through the tournament, defeating a worthy Turkey 3-1 in the final at Al Nasr Hall in Dubai on Monday night.

The 26-24, 16-25, 25-18, 26-24 victory capped Russia’s unbeaten streak as they finished a perfect 7-0 en-route to being crowned champions.

After edging Turkey 3-2 in the Pool B meeting earlier in the tournament, Russia once again had to earn the win the hard way.

Russia’s driving force behind their gold-medal claim was MVP Egor Kliuka, who had a match-high 20 points, all coming via spike.

Kliuka was part of a devastating front line for Russia, which boasted supreme height and held a 49-46 advantage in spikes and a 14-8 lead in blocks.

“It was a difficult match. We did not play very well today, but we believed in a victory and that helped us win,” said Russia coach Nikolaev Mikhail. “We also had the MVP and he was massive to our victory.”

Despite their size deficiency, Turkey were within striking distance for the majority of the match and came up on the short end of tiebreakers in the first and final set.

Turkey appeared on their way to grabbing the early lead when they held a 23-20 advantage in the opening set, only to give back crucial points – including a service error on set point – for a missed opportunity.

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The narrative flipped in the fourth set, Turkey fighting back from a 23-19 hole to even the score at 24-apiece on the strength of consecutive blocks. That was as good as it got, however, Russia regaining their footing to win in dramatic fashion.

Turkey didn’t help their cause by committing 31 errors, compared to Russia’s 25, the runners-up particularly inconsistent on their service, surrendering points with careless mistakes.

“That is part of a final match,” said Turkey coach Emanuele Zanini.

“Some players want to do more or repeat what they want to do the day before, but it’s a different day and you’re facing a different team.

“We’re also speaking about young players, they don’t have much experience. They’re not advanced at managing pressure.”

Russia now sit atop the U-23 standings after seizing the crown from inaugural winners Brazil and increase their age group tally to 17 titles, with this the first of the year.

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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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