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Shuttle success for UAE youngsters at finals

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In action: Young UAE badminton stars.

Hot on the heels of badminton’s first appearance in the UAE School Olympics last month, the region’s best young players put their skills on display again last week, with the 2017 UAE Shuttle Time Schools Championships Finals taking place on 10 May at the Salah Addin Sports Hall.

The young players had won their way through to the Schools Championships Finals after finishing in the top two in each age group in the Girls’ and Boys’ Championships held on 29 April and 6 May, which saw 52 teams from 18 schools compete in the Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17 age groups. A further 70 players took part in the Emirati challenge which took place concurrently.

The Indian High School continued their winning form of previous championships, claiming victory in four of the six categories.

In the girls’ division, the Indian High School triumphed in the Under 15 and Under 17 categories, defeating GEMS Our Own English High School 3-0 in both divisions. In the Under 13 category Gems Our Own English High school were victorious, defeating Dubai GEMS Private School 2-1.

In the boys division, the Indian High School again triumphed in the Under 15 and Under 17 categories, defeating GEMS Modern Academy 3-0 in the Under 15s and GEMS Our Own Indian High School 2-1 in the Under 17s.

GEMS Our Own High School Al Warqa’a denied the Indian High School a clean sweep, winning the Under 13 category 2-1.

In the Emirati Challenge girls’ competition, the Al Ebdaa Model School took out first and second places in two categories. Ayah Mohammed defeated Hamda Ahmed to win the Under 11 division and Shama Abdulla defeated Aya Mohammed in the Under 13 division. In the Under 15 division Dubai International School’s Sarah Al Jalaf claimed first place, defeating Al Ebdaa Model School’s Metha Abdullah in the final.

In the boy’s divisions it was a battle between the Dubai National School and the Dubai International School. Dubai National School teammates faced each other in the Under 15 division, with Saeed Omar defeating Othman Omar. In the Under 13 division Dubai International School took the honors with Nasser Merza defeating Dubai National School’s Ali Abdullah. In the Under 11 division the tables were turned, with Dubai National School’s Mansour Mohammed defeating Dubai International School’s Hadi Mohammed for the title.

Dubai Badminton Development Manager Jaffer Ebrahim said: “It’s fantastic to see the standard of play improving each year, and the children showing a great commitment to the sport.  Thanks must go to all the participants, coaches, teachers and Shuttle Time volunteers who were all instrumental in making this event a success.”

The competition was organized in conjunction with the Dubai Sports Council, and is part of the ongoing Shuttle Time Dubai grassroots development program which is aimed at increasing participation in badminton.

Shuttle Time Dubai is part of Dubai’s four-year, multi-platform partnership with the Badminton World Federation (BWF), facilitated by Falcon and Associates, the pinnacle of which is the staging of the annual Dubai World Superseries Finals, the first of which was held last December, which will be held in the city each year until 2017.

The next event in the Shuttle Time calendar is the annual Shuttle Time Club Championships which will be held at Dubai Sports World in July and August.

For the full list of results please go to:

School Team event result: https://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/tournament.aspx?id=3FA28D17-50A7-4D84-AE77-F52FF7060296

Emirati Challenge result: https://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/tournament.aspx?id=BE87A4F1-7D7D-4B6E-9969-A46E14CD7AD3

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The first Pakistani to run Marathon Des Sables

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Khawar Siddique is a Project Engineer from Abu Dhabi with a passion for long distance running.

After being bedridden for two months following a car accident in 2013, the 35-year-old discovered his passion for running.

Last month, Siddique took on the 'world's toughest foot-race', the Marathon des Sables, a six-day, 250-kilometre race across the Sahara Desert in Morocco.

In doing so, he became the first Pakistani to attempt it.
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DMCC nets Al Ahli Club Basketball team sponsorship

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New sponsorship: Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, DMCC.

DMCC the authority on trade, enterprise and commodities in Dubai, has announced it is to sponsor Al Ahli Club Basketball team as they set out to retain their GCC Basketball Club Championship crown and win the title for the third consecutive year.

A hat-trick will automatically qualify the Al Ahli Club Basketball team to the Asian Championships held in China later this year.

Held in Bahrain, the 2017 GCC Basketball Club Championship will see eight of the strongest Gulf teams compete including Al Ahli (UAE), Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia), Al-Ahli (Bahrain), Al Sadd (Qatar), Al-Manama (Bahrain), Ettifaq (Oman), Al-Rayan (Qatar) and Al Shabab (UAE) from 12-20 May at the Zain Bahrain Basketball Arena in Manama.

Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, DMCC, said: “Basketball is a fast, exciting sport with a huge and growing following all over the country and DMCC is delighted to be associated with Al Ahli Club Basketball team as they pursue to win the GCC Basketball Club Championship on behalf of the UAE. As a sponsor, DMCC celebrates the excitement of all aspects of the game, and are delighted to honour the drive, dedication, and teamwork of the Al Ahli Club Basketball team. Their relentless winning attitude resonates greatly with us in DMCC.”

Khalid Bin Zayed, Executive Director, Al Ahli Club, added: “We are all proud of this precious sponsorship from DMCC which is one of the leading centre for trading international commodities and the world’s fastest-growing Free Zone.

“The presence of DMCC confirms our partnership with the private sector, and for this we encourage the private sector to be have more initiatives and promote their relationship with the sport clubs.”

The inaugural GCC Basketball Club Championship took place in Kuwait in 1982 and has since seen the Al Ahli Club win the championship twice.

Al Ahli Club was founded in 1970 and is one of the most established clubs in the UAE, winning 38 championships overall.

For further information visit http://www.alahliclub.ae/en.

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