Despite the recent closure of skate parks around the city, XDubai has stood up firmly against the tide and is the go-to spot for both budding and seasoned skateboarders to further hone their skills on four wheels.
In this video, Mohammed Jawad Khoramifar, General Manager of XDubai, discusses the popularity of the sport in the region and its positive impact on fitness.
With the International Olympic Committee confirming that skateboarding will be part of the 2020 Olympic summer Games in Tokyo, the sport is continuing to grow.
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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