Schoeman, who will be attending the event on Yas Island onMarch 3 and 4, 2017, made history at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games when he took home South Africa’s first ever triathlon medal.
The 25-year- old, who has become a force to be reckoned with in the sport, went on to win his first World Triathlon Series gold medal at the Grand Final in Cozumel last month, a fitting way to wrap-up his spectacular season.
“Abu Dhabi is always an important race because it is the first one on the calendar, and this year I’m especially amped to check out the new course,” said Schoeman.
“March is a great time to visit Abu Dhabi and with the race now on Yas Island we will get the chance to make our way around the iconic Yas Marina Circuit and the other landmarks I’ve heard so much about. I can’t wait to enjoy some time-off after the race and check it out!”
Joining Schoeman on the start line in the UAE capital in March is fellow Olympian Richard Murray, who competed in his first ever triathlon at the age of 13.
“I started out running and mountain biking when I was really young and fell in love with these two disciplines,” he said. “I started competing in duathlons for a while before I took on triathlons in 2010 and it has been a thrilling journey for me since.
“It all kicked off for me in 2012 where I won a silver medal in the ITU World Triathlon series event in Sydney and a bronze in San Diego. These two wins got me a spot at the London Olympic Games which was fantastic.”
Murray, whose training partner is two-time Abu Dhabi and reigning world champion, Mario Mola, had a promising start to the 2016 season, claiming a silver medal in Abu Dhabi before suffering a broken collar bone following a crash at the ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast in April.
Murray made an unbelievable comeback to run into fourth position at the Rio 2016 Olympics in August.
The event also sees the return of the Junior Triathlon – a fun event aimed at encouraging youngsters to get active. There are four entry categories for the 2017 edition, open for children aged 5 to 15 years:
MINI 1KM – a 1km run for 5 – 8 year olds.
KINDS DUATHLON – a 3km cycle and a 500m run for 7 – 9 year olds and 10 – 11 year olds.
JUNIOR DUATHLON – a 6km cycle and 1 km run for 12 – 13 year olds, and a 6km cycle and a 1.5 km run for 14 – 15 year olds.
JUNIOR TRIATHLON SUPER SPRINT– consists of a 400m swim, 10km cycle and a 2.5km run for 12 – 13 years and 14 – 15 years.
Online registrations for the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi are now open to the public via the race website, AbuDhabi.Triathlon.org. Starting from just AED 450 for adults and AED 60 for children, race spots are expected to be snapped up quickly by keen triathletes and first timers alike.
The inaugural campaign saw the du Football Champions forge an international scouting platform in partnership with the world’s strongest league. A successful debut saw the creation of the du La Liga High Performance Centre (HPC), which is already producing international football stars.
More than 5,000 aspiring young stars from across the UAE have already registered for the new season and will hope to follow in the footsteps of Ahmed Al Yamani, who was selected for a trial with Malaga.
He and other top talents are undergoing a gruelling year-long training schedule by a hand-picked team of UEFA-certified La Liga coaches.
Fahad Al Hassawi, du’s chief commercial officer, said: “We are proud to announce the success of our du La Liga High Performance Centre, which is already producing football stars of international calibre. This would not have been possible without the valuable partnership of the UAE Football Association, the sports councils and educational authorities and their commitment to youth and sports development in the UAE.”
Fernando Sanz, La Liga general director in the MENA region, added: “We were extremely impressed with the calibre of talent in season one. We established the du La Liga High Performance Centre to ensure these talents receive the best training in the UAE in preparation for scouting and football careers with top clubs in La Liga.”
Real Madrid star Michel Salgado, duFC championship director said: “I am confident that we will see a La Liga star emerging from the UAE in the not too distant future, based on what I have seen throughout the championship last season.”
The second duFC season kicks off with the Northern Emirates round this month, with Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Province commencing in January and Dubai in February.
Alongside the scouting opportunity, duFC offers hundreds of prizes which include a three-day trip to Spain to watch Real Madrid and Barcelona play.
For the full schedule and more information, visit www.dufc.ae.
The renowned 'Happiest 5k' event saw thousands of runners of all ages run, dance, skip and cartwheel - in addition to producing plenty of color carnage - as the cult series returned to Dubai.
The brand new Tropicolor World Tour took the beloved experience that Dubai’s Color Runners already love to the next level of fun with Daman ActiveLife’s all-new Tropicolor Zone.
Participants ran through an array of colors and passed palm trees and arches, with upbeat island-style music playing loudly.
During the Finish Festival, runners also enjoyed interactive fun at the ‘Rainbow Beach’ with dancing, music, an array of activities from the event’s sponsors.
Dr. Michael Bitzer, Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Company - Daman, the presenting sponsor of the event, said: “We are delighted to present this much-loved event for the seventh time in the UAE. It offers motivation and drive for first-time runners and an exciting day out for families and friends, no matter what their fitness level is.”