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In action this week: Thomas is playing in Delhi.

Rayhan Thomas is trying to keep his expectations to minimum as he prepares for his third European Tour appearance of the season this week, but is unable to hide his excitement at the opportunity to showcase his talent and skill in his home country.

The 17-year-old Dubai-based youngster is one of four amateurs invited by the Indian Golf Union (IGU) to take part in the Hero Indian Open, a $1.75 million tournament co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours.

Placed 98th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, Thomas is India’s No1 amateur, but he has developed his skills in Dubai, where he was born and brought up.

The national Open of India starts Thursday at the Gary Player-designed DLF Golf & Country Club.

It will be the fourth European Tour outing for Thomas, who played the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and Omega Dubai Desert Classic earlier this year, as well as the Qatar Masters last year.

At the Desert Classic, he became only the second UAE-based amateur to make the professional cut, eventually finishing tied 60th.

But despite his brilliant achievements over the past one year, Thomas is not getting his hopes high, especially on a golf course he has never played before.

“It’s unbelievable. It’s like I am playing two home Opens in succession. I have grown up watching the Desert Classic, so I always wanted to play that. And as an Indian, nothing gets any bigger than the Indian Open,” said Thomas.

“I really can’t wait. Obviously, playing in Abu Dhabi and the Desert Classic was huge for me, and when you have done that, you do want to keep playing on the big stage. So, to get another opportunity is just fantastic and I am very grateful to Hero and IGU for giving me the invite.

“It really feels good to be the No1 amateur in India. We are a country that is growing rapidly when it comes to golf. So, to have that title is something special. I am very excited about going back to India and to prove myself.

“But I am trying not to have any extra expectations after making the cut in Dubai. I just want to play my best golf and see where I finish. As long as I can gain something from the week, I am happy.”

Thomas has never played at the DLF Golf & Country Club, and he cannot speak Hindi, which meant a frantic search for a caddie with whom he can communicate.

“No clue. I have never seen the course. I checked it out only on the website and saw that there were a lot of dogleg lefts and rights there. I have tried to shape my shots more while practicing here,” said Thomas.

“I really wanted to play the Indian Open at Delhi Golf Club. It’s like playing the Open Championship at St Andrews. I played at the DGC once last year and I really liked it a lot. Hopefully, the tournament will go back to the golf course in the future and I will be able to play it there.

“I was looking for a caddie when I spoke to Manish Goyal, with whom I played a few MENA Tour events. And Manish was happy to carry the bag for me this week.

“I am delighted to get someone as a caddie who is also a good player himself. Most importantly, he can speak English, because I don’t know a word of Hindi.”

Thomas said he has been working on a few things on his swing with his coach Justin Parsons since the Dubai Desert Classic, and his efforts are already bearing fruits.

“I have been working on a couple of things, like weight transfer. I am trying to use the ground better to generate a bit more power and speed. I have gained a mile or two in clubhead speed, so I should be hitting it a bit further than what I have during Abu Dhabi and Dubai tournaments,” added Thomas.

“But apart from that, I have pretty much tried to practice the same things as before.

“I also have a new putter in the bag. It’s similar to the old Scotty Cameron I had, but this one is customized for me. It has different alignment lines, slightly lower loft and different shaft angle. I am liking it a lot, so hopefully I will roll it pure when I get there.”

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Where to box in Dubai - the best gyms, locations and prices

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If you are interested in testing your limits, boxing can be a great outlet. The training methods will help improve your cardio, coordination, and reflexes, as well as instilling self-discipline.

Fittingly named the “Sweet Science”, boxing is fundamentally about hitting your opponent without being hit.

But physical combat aside, simple training and preparation in the boxing gym will certainly get you in shape if fitness is what you are aiming for. So if you never tried boxing before, head down to one of these gyms and sign up for a session.

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ROUND 10 BOXING 

Round 10 Boxing is an exclusive boxing gym that offers training for all levels of boxing, from beginners to competitors. Newcomers to the gym are offered a free trial upon registration. Membership costs vary, so have a look at their website for more information.

PRICES: Boxing classes are AED100 per session and AED699 per month for unlimited classes.

ADDRESS: Al Qouz First, Warehouse 42, Dubai.
TEL:
+971 43380101
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter
WEBSITE:
round10boxing.com

TRIBEFIT 

Head down to TribeFit for boxing sessions in a huge facility that offers more than just a great training environment. TribeFit offers personalised trainers and boxing instructors who will give you all the tools and exercises needed to enhance your boxing skills. Classes are open to members only.

PRICES: Membership costs 550 AED per month.

ADDRESS: Silverene Tower, Dubai Marina.
TEL:
800 TRIBE 87423
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter
WEBSITE:
www.tribefit.com

FIT BOYS GYM

This club boasts qualified trainers and experienced boxers to teach you the ropes. If you are seeking professional training or just signing up for your physical fitness, let the Fit Boys gym team help you out. If you need any extra persuasion to head down there, they have hosted the likes of British former World Heavyweight Champion David Haye!

PRICES: The group boxing session is 80 AED per person.

ADDRESS: JLT, Red Diamond Building, 212406 Dubai.
TEL:
+971 44343661
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter
WEBSITE: 
www.fitboysgym.com

LEHADUS BOXING 

Learn how to box from a trainer who has over 20 years of experience in the “sweet science”. Romanian Octavian Lehadus trains in boxing and physical fitness; the atmosphere is professional and the program will teach boxing students all they need to know.

PRICES: The club offers two packages – 12 classes a month will cost you 4200 AED  and 20 classes are 6,000 AED.

ADDRESS:  Tecom, Sheikha Noora Building, Dubai.
TEL: 
+971 558660771
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter
WEBSITE:  
www.lehadus.com

PRIDE FITNESS CENTER

This training centre offers boxing lessons and will guide you through a healthy lifestyle program. Other forms of combat sports taught include wrestling and mixed martial arts. The programs are available for men and women and juniors.

PRICES: Individual classes are 90 AED, the club also will have a monthly subscription that  costs 600 AED.

ADDRESS: Suites 9/10 The Curve Building, Dubai.
TEL: 043805955
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook / Instagram
WEBSITE:
www.pridefitnesscenter.com

MMA FITNESS CENTER

This gym hosts an array of combat styles including boxing and kick boxing. Lessons are available for adults and juniors, with training programs tailored to your experience and level of fitness. Pass by their Discovery Gardens or Barsha Heights branch to have a look at the programs.

PRICES: 100 AED per group class.

ADDRESS: Barsha Heights, Pacific Building, Internet City Dubai.
TEL: 04 3618131
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter
WEBSITE: 
mmafitnesscenter

FITNESS FIRST GYM

There are Fitness First facilities all over the city and the majority of them offer boxing classes. Newcomers can enjoy a free initial workout, including boxing drills that will help your technique and physical fitness.

PRICES: Non members can have a free trial boxing class and can sign up here. Contact the number below to setup an appointment for membership if you are interested, prices vary with certain Fitness First branches.

ADDRESS: Find a gym in your area.
TEL: 800 FITNESS (3486377)
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter
WEBSITE: 
fitnessfirstme.com.boxing

KO GYM

Boxing classes are available for juniors and adults, the club offers personalised and group training. The spacious gym has all the equipment and boxing bags you need to train and get your reps in.

PRICES: 60 AED per class and 500 AED for a monthly subscription.

ADDRESS: Dreams Tower 1, Al Raiha Street, Marina, Dubai.
TEL: +971 568300332
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook

ELEVATION FITNESS

Interested in trying boxing on a rooftop gym? This facility has state of the art equipment and qualified trainers that will get you fit through boxing. Their approach is exciting and welcoming to all newcomers. The fitness centre has two locations – one in Business Bay and another in JLT.

PRICES: 300 AED per session. A monthly membership will cost you 250 AED part of a promotional package from Elevation Fitness.

ADDRESS: 28th Floor, One by Omniyat Tower, Business Bay, DubaiJBC 3, JLT, Dubai.
TEL: +971 43699940 Business Bay / +971 45514744 JLT
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter
WEBSITE:
elevationfitness

THE WAREHOUSE GYM

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This gym offers state-of-the-art equipment and personal trainers who will assist you in your boxing training. The facility is equipped with strength and conditioning equipment, with boxing classes offered on both a group and individual basis.

PRICES: 100 AED per class and 699 AED for a month plus gym access.

ADDRESS: Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz Ind.3, Dubai.
TEL: 04 3232323
SOCIAL MEDIA: facebook / Instagram / Twitter
WEBSITE: 
www.whgym.com

FITNESS ZONE JLT

A fully functional gym with a spacious boxing section, lessons are on Saturdays every week. Trainers are available for beginners and advanced pugilists who need to improve their skills. Group sessions and junior sessions are also offered.

PRICES: 70 AED per session.

ADDRESS: JLT Cluster R, Building MAG 214, Dubai.
TEL: 04 4510522
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook / Instagram
WEBSITE: 
fitnesszonedubai

1SIX8 DUBAI

Set in a one-of-a-kind boxing studio, instructors will conduct intense boxing workouts. Punching drills and technique, as well as movement, are part of this intense 45-minute workout. The gym offers a free trial boxing workout upon registration.

PRICES: 110 AED per class and a five session package for 500 AED.

ADDRESS: Umm Suqeim Road and 1st Street, Jumeirah 1 Dubai.
TEL: 04 3254499
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter
WEBSITE:
www.1six8.net

TK MMA FITNESS

Founded by MMA fighter Tam Khan, this fitness centre has all you need if you are serious about your boxing training. Boxing lessons run throughout the week and on Saturdays, with a full fitness gym also available for members.

PRICES: Boxing lessons are 120 AED per class.

ADDRESS: Shatha Tower 9th Floor Media City, Dubai.
TEL: +971 559357058
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook Instagram / Twitter
WEBSITE: 
tkmmafit.com

THE CHAMPION CLUB

Located in JLT, this club offers boxing lessons twice a week on Sundays and Tuesdays. Trainers will help you through the fundamentals of boxing, movement and technique and how to properly throw punches and defend yourself.

PRICES: The first class is free of charge, afterwards it is 60 AED per class and 480 AED for a monthly subscription.

ADDRESS: Icon tower 2, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster L, Dubai.
TEL: 04 4474980
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook / Instagram 
WEBSITE: 
thechampionclub.com

OPEN ROUND MARTIAL ARTS

Learn how to box from qualified and knowledgeable trainers with extensive experience in the field. This new facility has all you need in terms of technical boxing. They do not have boxing bags – all the work is done with pads and trainers.

PRICES: 60 AED per session, 400 AED for 10 sessions, 500 AED monthly subscription/ unlimited sessions.

ADDRESS: BD Gym, Rooftop, Al Zarouni Business Centre, Al Barsha.
TEL: +971 509171257
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook Instagram

COLOSSEUM CLUB

Train with a Muay Thai instructor individually or with a group at the Colosseum Club. They offer lessons and extensive training in this form of combat sports. There is also a gym available in the facility and is accessed by members of the club.

PRICES: A Month of Thai boxing classes will cost you 450 AED.

ADDRESS: Zaabeel Road, Montana Center Building.
TEL: +971 43372755
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter
WEBSITE:  
colosseumuae.com

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There's no shortage of events going on this week.

UAE temperatures are beginning to rise but there’s still plenty of sporting activities for you to enjoy in the region.

For all you runners out there, you aren’t short of events to take part in – so get those running shoes ready for action this week.

Are you attending or participating in one of the following events?

Let us know!

Message us on Instagram, use #Sport360.

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Abu Dhabi Wilson Tennis Cup
Day 11 to Day 17
Sunday, March 5 to Sunday, March 12

One of the UAE’s most prestigious tennis tournaments continues in the capital.

With 20 divisions for men, women, boys, girls, pros and amateurs, there is no excuse for individuals to miss out on the chance to walk onto the Zayed Sports City court.

The 2017 edition of the event is well underway so check out the details below to get involved.

WHERE: Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi
MORE INFO: abudhabiwilsontenniscup.com

FAZZA CHAMPIONSHIP SAKTOUN SHOOTING – DAY 1
Sunday, March 5

The Fazza Championships bring together thousands of professionals and amateurs from multiple cultures to compete in various traditional sporting disciplines.

The series of events welcome participants from across the globe and there are three categories: men, women and juniors.

With preserving tradition in mind, contestants will compete with the traditional “saktoun” rifle in hand. These eligible individuals will then receive equipment and guidance from experts prior to the main event.

While remembering humble beginnings is certainly important, the championship will have scouts hoping to identify future prospects who can to follow in the footsteps of former victors in prestigious competitions such as the Asia Games, Olympics and Paralympics.

WHERE: AL RUWAYYAH, POLICE SHOOTING FIELDS, DUBAI
MORE INFO: hhc.gov.ae/en/championships

AL WATHBA CYCLE RACE SERIES – FINAL RACE
Monday, March 6

Only a couple of weeks after the Abu Dhabi Tour and UAE Team Emirates’ unmitigated success, the final race of the Al Wathba Cycle Race Series will conclude another season of cycling in the UAE capital.

The event serves as an ideal opportunity for riders to become familiar with this form of racing and hone their skills on the bike. As skills and fitness improve, competitors are naturally re-seeded to ride side-by-side runners of similar levels while they attempt to shorten the margin between themselves and the fastest group upfront.

WHERE: AL WATHBA CYCLE TRACK
MORE INFO: facebook.com/events/593079174222863

KIBSONS/DASSA SCHOOLS AQUATHLON – FINAL SENIORS RACE
Tuesday, March 7

Sign your kids up for the three-race Senior Aquathlon series, in association with Kibsons / DASSA Schools.

It’s another fun-filled Super Sports Event for the youth of Dubai.

Approved by DASSA and Dubai Sports Council, the aquathlon pits students against each other or as a collective bunch against other school teams.

WHERE: RASHID SCHOOL FOR BOYS, NAD AL SHEBA
MORE INFO: supersportsuae.com/kibsons-schools-aquathlon-series

MEYDAN HORSE RACES – FINAL DAY
Thursday, March 9

General admission is free but there are also hospitality packages available.

WHERE: MEYDAN RACE
MORE INFO: dubairacingclub.com/visit/racing-season

URBAN-ULTRA UTX50 2017
Friday, March 10

The Urban-Ultra UTX50 2017 takes daring runners through the heart of Ras Al-Khaimah’s enigmatic wilderness.

Urban-Ultra have replaced their previous multi-stage race with a brand-new concept. Participants will now take part in a self-supported single-staged 50km race through Ras Al Khaimah’s mountainous and sandy terrain.

WHERE: AL GHAIL DESERT, RAS AL KHAIMAH
MORE INFO: urbanultra.com/?events=urban-ultra-extreme3-2017

#IGNITED HATTA HILLS RUNNING FESTIVAL 2017
Friday, March 10

The Hatta Hills festival sees race distances running from fun to half marathon distances.

As one of the more testing half marathons, the Hatta Hills Running Festival sees racegoers embark on a mini voyage and witness eye-catching scenery of the Hajar Mountains.

WHERE: HATTA FORT HOTEL, HATTA
MORE INFO: supersportsevents.me/event-registration/?ee=238premieronline.com/action/download.phpt=event&e=1932&id=3024premieronline.com/action/download.php?t=event&e=1932&id=3026

ADCB ZAYED SPORTS CITY 5K AND 10K RUN – FINAL RACE
Friday, 10 March

The ADCB Zayed Sports City 5k&10k Run takes participants through Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sports City, and raises funds for nominated charities in the process.

The second and third Zayed Sports City runs are open to people of various fitness levels with previous editions welcoming everyone from toddlers to 70-year-olds!

It’s a sensible idea for novice runners to take part in the 5km fun run, which consists of a single circuit of the Zayed Sports City grounds. For those keen to further test their endurance, the 10km run requires participants to complete two laps.

Contestants who reach the finishing line receive medals, their official race time and a running cap.

WHERE: ZAYED SPORTS CITY
MORE INFO: abudhabistriders.com

PORSCHE GT3 CUP CHALLENGE MIDDLE EAST
Friday, March 10 to Saturday, March 11

Attend the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge and watch in awe as talented, up-and-coming drivers from the Middle East showcase their motorsport prowess.

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge returns to the Middle East for an eighth time, showcasing the region’s top motorsport talent. The multi-round event begins at the Bahrain International Circuit before temporarily shifting eastwards to the UAE, where drivers will grace the Dubai Autodrome and Yas Marina Circuit tracks.

WHERE: BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT AND THE UAE
MORE INFO: gt3me.com

ABU DHABI SWIMMING FESTIVAL 2017
Saturday, March 11

Sponsored by Daman ActiveLife, the Abu Dhabi Swimming Festival encourages passionate residents to get together in an effort to incentivise a trend towards a health-conscious UAE.

Offering an array of disciplines for individuals, families and teams, swimmers as young as eight are eligible to cover distances dependent on age and ability.

WHERE: EMIRATES PALACE, ABU DHABI
MORE INFO: swimabudhabi.com

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