The Gov Games have revealed the impressive numbers behind the obstacles that will await more than 150 teams competing in the world’s first edition of the event.
The Gov Games will be held from 9th until 12th May on Kite Beach in Dubai, with teams competing for prizes totalling two million dirhams.
While the full course details remain under wraps, the names of the obstacles that await the teams have been revealed, as anticipation around the initiative, which has been launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum – Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, continues to grow, with news that a team will be representing His Highness elevating excitement levels.
Participating teams will take on a series of obstacles that will test their physical, mental and teamwork capacities. Obstacles include:
– Stabilizer: This obstacle will have teams deciding between zipping through individually or using a paced team-approach
The six top performing teams of the men’s and women’s qualifying rounds will progress to the final day, which will be held on 12th May, where they will face the tenth obstacle – Storm.
Here they will have to push themselves and their teammates to perform and achieve more than they ever thought possible; climbing to heights of over eight meters and travelling more than 1.5 kilometers together as a unified team in just part of the formidable final obstacle set-up.
The obstacles are sponsored by several government entities and private sector partners including Dubai Municipality, Dubai Land Department, Dubai Health Authority, Roads and Transport Authority, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and Al Sankari Investments.
More than 35 tons of fabricated steel have been welded and shaped to form the ten obstacles that make up the 40,000 square meter course, and 840,000 liters of water have been used for the obstacles.
Teams will collectively have to carry around 75,000 kilograms of weight and travel more than 1 million meters, as well as climb heights exceeding 75,000 meters. The unique obstacle course will be a true test for teams’ mental and physical strength and agility.
The winning men’s and women’s team will each be presented with a special Gov Games cup and a team prize of AED 1 million, to be distributed equally between the participants.
Mirza overcame stiff competition from 541 other nominated athletes, across 28 sports, to scoop the prestigious prize – adding to an already extraordinary year for the Emirati cyclist.
The award was presented by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE, at a ceremony on Monday which recognised the UAE’s sporting achievements over the past year.
Commenting on the award, Mirza said: “I’m very honoured to pick up this award. Unfortunately I could not attend the ceremony because I’m training in Europe and preparing for my next World Tour race in California, but it adds extra value to my recent achievements in Asia and the UAE.
“It’s great to know that UAE Team Emirates is increasing the awareness of cycling here in the Emirates and I hope this award will inspire even more young people to cycle.”
It has been a momentous year for Mirza, having joined UAE Team Emirates as the first-ever professional Emirati cyclist. He secured his eighth UAE National Road Race title last month, adding to an historic hat-trick of medals at the Asian Track Cycling Championships in Malaysia, which included the Asian Road Cycling Championship and the Omnium track cycling silver medal.
UAE Team Emirates’ participation on the UCI WorldTour gives the local community the opportunity to come together and support world-class athletes as they aim to become one of the top cycling teams on the tour. To find out more about UAE Team Emirates, visit UAETeamEmirates.com.
The General Authority for Sports (GAFS) have announced the criteria on how many UAE-based players can be registered by a club to compete in a move that could also see them potentially represent the national team across various sports.
Last November, the President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced a decree, allowing children of Emirati women married to expatriates to participate in all tournaments in the country.
Plans took another step forward when GAFS board announced guidelines after it was approved by the UAE Cabinet. This will come into force for the start of the 2018-19 season which will have a major impact in the development of sports in the UAE.
For example, professional football clubs will be able to field as many players between 4 to 18-year-olds, (born to Emirati women or those that hold a UAE passport) as they wish in their age group teams. They can also register three players that are born in the UAE or reside in the country at youth and first-team level, meaning six players will be in the 30-man squad.
The same rules apply for basketball, volleyball and handball with the only exception that only 10 players for UAE-born and players who live in the UAE can be registered.
Individual sports, disabled sports and rugby, hockey and ice-hockey have no registration limit.
Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi, chairman of the board of directors of GAFS, said: “We are very honoured to issue this as it marks a milestone in the UAE sports history. It will encourage more players and athletes to participate in different sports.”
Aref Al Awani, member of GAFS, added: “It will benefit our players and or national teams, help us fill stadiums with lot of families and fans. And when you see a new talent who is capable of joining the national team, we will look to get him onboard abiding by the rules and regulation of the competition.”