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Al Ketbi and Junior big winners at Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Awards

Denzil Pinto 23/04/2017
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The award winners.

UAE’s top-ranked Faisal Al Ketbi and newly-crowned World No.1 pair Jose Junior and Nathiely Melo De Jesus were among the big winners at the Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Awards Sunday night.

Organised by the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJFF), the achievements of the best Emirati and international athletes were honoured for their excellence this season at a glittering ceremony at Emirates Palace.

Al Ketbi was named Best UAE Black Belt and Emirati Player of the Year after winning various medals including gold at the Asian Championships and two silvers at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slams.

“I’m very happy to win this top award as it was a long and hard season and I want to thank everyone for their support and belief in me,” he said after receiving the award from Sheikh Diab bin Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

It came just 24 hours since he fell short of his quest of his first-ever black belt gold at the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship (ADWPJJC) and he made it clear that is now the aim for next year.

“For sure that is now the target and I want to achieve a lot. We have the Asian Games in September and a World Championship in Poland. Hopefully I can win more medals next year.”

For Brazilian duo Abu Dhabi-based Junior and Melo De Jesus, their Best International Male and Female Black Belt of the Year accolades, was a fitting end to a memorable season. Junior, 32, and De Jesus, 21, not only won their respective 110kg and 90kg black belt titles at the ADWPJJC but also clinched the UAEJJF World No.1 titles.

“I want to thank everyone for their support and the UAE have been working really hard in promoting the sport,” said Junior. “It was really hard to get this award and it is definitely one that is nice winning.”

Among the winners in the 18 categories was Emirati Omar Al Fadhli, who was named Best UAE Male Youth Player.

The 17-year-old, who became the youngest member to represent the UAE senior national team last year, said: “It’s really good to win this and it was one year of hard work, sacrifice and sweat. This is just the start and next year I want to go and win even more awards.”

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IN PICS: Salgado, Milan & Real Madrid at Dubai Intercontinental Cup

Sport360 staff 22/04/2017

The U13 Dubai Intercontinental Cup came to a close on Saturday night at Dubai’s Sports City.

The tournament featured the likes of European giants Real Madrid, AC Milan and Celta Vigo as well as local outfits Al Nasr, Dubai Club and Ajman.

Also on hand was Sports City’s very own Spanish Soccer Schools, led by former Real Madrid and Spain legend Michel Salgado.

It was a highly competitive competition with some future stars in the making taking part.

And our photographer, Chris Whiteoak, was on hand to capture the action.

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The remarkable numbers behind Saudi Arabia's 390-run ODI win

Barnaby Read 22/04/2017
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Saudi Arabia expats playing in the country.

Now, Saudi Arabia and China may not be two countries that you associate with international cricket but the sport does have a burgeoning presence in both nations.

China is even seen as the biggest market outside the US for the ICC to tap into and harness both the mass population and financial bulk of the country in developing the game outside of the major territories.

As for Saudi Arabia, they may be behind the likes of UAE and Oman as regional heavyweights but they are competitive across the Gulf.

And it seems the Middle East outfit is some way ahead of China, despite the latter’s grossed potential.

That is a guarantee when you look at Saturday’s ICC World Cricket League Asia Region Division One match between the two sides which ended up with the Saudi winning by 390-runs.

Such a convincing win occurs in Test cricket, of course, where you can amass two mammoth totals and skittle out your opposition twice round, but this was a 50-over affair.

That’s right, across each side’s 50-overs, Saudi Arabia were 390-runs better off than their opponents at Chang Mai in Thailand.

The Saudi’s posted 418 all-out in a nice round completion of their 50-overs which is the same as the seventh highest total in ODI history.

Now, neither side has ODI status so these scores will not end up in the record books, but the numbers just get more and more intriguing.

Mohammad Afzal was the star with the bat for the Saudis, hitting 120 from 100 balls, but it was captain Shoaib Ali who really upped the ante with 91 from 41 balls.

And while China’s bowlers were dispatched to all parts, seamer Feng Mu did manage to take a five-for, ending his ten overs with figures of 5-89. Mu went for 16 runs more than the most expensive five-wicket haul in ODI cricket, that of Scotland’s Gordan Goudie who took 5-73 against Australia back in August 2009.

The Chinese were even more miserable with the bat, bowled out for just 28 runs with only Zhang Peng (6*), Zhuang Zelin (6) and Lu Cangcang (3) getting off the mark.

Not only that, opening duo Cangcang and Zelin moved to 20-0  before the latter departed, meaning that the ten wickets fell for just eight runs.

Imrul Haq (3-8), Imran Arif (3-2) and Shahbaz Rasheed (3-5) did the damage with the ball, with Rasheed’s wickets coming in the form of a hat-trick.

Jiang Shuyao was the only man to not perish as he was absent hurt in the China reply. Their 28 all-out is seven runs worse off than Zimbabwe’s record low in full-status ODI cricket.

You are unlikely to see such a remarkable scorecard as this too often and we may have to wait until the two nations face of in ping-pong or badminton for a reverse in scorelines.

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