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IN PICS: Anelka opens PSG Dubai Academy

Sport360 staff 21/09/2016
Anelka previously played for PSG.

The Director of the Club, Fred Deswarte gave a presentation about Paris Saint Germain and elaborated on the objectives of this Academy.

Boys and girls of age 3-23 years came to the event, playing friendly matches amongst themselves.

Anelka himself took part in the coaching and training sessions held for the members of the club.

When asked about his connection with PSG, he said: “I always had a special bond with my club, and I always will.

“It’s my club, it’s the club which gave me the chance to grow. I call it my club because I signed at the age of 12 and I stayed until I was 17 years old, the first time. It’s the place I began to play at a high level.”

Anelka will be working closely with coaches and will follow the progression of the kids through every season.

“I love working with youngsters. I love the youth and I love PSG. Here is a huge responsibility which I am going to take on my shoulders and I will live up to it,” he said.

“I know expectations are high but I am motivated to take on this role as technical adviser for the PSG. I am privileged to continue being part of the Paris Saint Germain family and the development in Dubai by sharing my life and career experiences.”

The Academy is currently receiving and kids can register online at www.psgacademydubai.com or email [email protected] for more information.

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Sheikh Mohammed with Team UAE (credit: WAM)

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE vice president and prime minister, and ruler of Dubai, hosted and congratulated the Emirati Paralympians, who won a total of seven medals at the Rio 2016 Games in Brazil.

The team, which comprised of a UAE record 18 members, won two golds, four silvers and one bronze in what was the most successful Paralympics for the nation so far, easily beating the previous best haul of four medals in Sydney and Athens.

Shooter Abdullah Sultan Al Aryani, who won gold at London 2012, secured three silver medals this time around.

The two golds came from Mohammed Khamis Khalaf and Mohamed Al Hammadi in powerlifting and athletics respectively, while Sara Al Senaani and Noura Al Ktebi became the first Emirati women to win medals with shot put bronze and silver.

After meeting the members of the team at Zabeel Palace yesterday, Sheikh Mohammed said: “The will conquers the impossible and no success is without resolve and determination.”

He hailed the champions on their efforts and also praised the UAE Disability Sports Federation, coaches, managers and all those who contributed to the training and preparation of the team that brought honour to the UAE.

The vice president also announced financial rewards to the team members. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Dubai Crown Prince, was also present during the meeting.

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A fatbike is an off-road bicycle with over-sized tires, typically 3.8 in (97 mm) or larger and rims 2.6 in (66 mm) or wider; they have been around since at least the early 20th century, but in the past years several manufacturers started crafting these special bikes for the masses.

They are designed for low ground pressure to allow riding on soft unstable terrain, such as snow, sand, bogs and mud; with tires that look inspired by those on monster trucks, fat bikes float over terrain that stymies narrower treads.

The bike was designed for riding across snowy trails, but soon turned up underneath ultra-distance explorers and noncyclists looking for a new way to exercise during the winter and after that they reached another extreme environment: the desert.

At Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & SPA, situated in the heart of the desert and nestled in the dunes of Dubai, you can take part in guided tours starting from 200 AED, and Al Qudra cycle path, where you can rent a fatbike for 100 AED (4 hours).
Video by: DubaiBlog



Shooting & Editing: Valerio Passaretti

Pictures by: Massimo Ziino and Dubai Blog


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