INSANE! Extreme obstacle racing

fahad 24/11/2015
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Brit Conor Hancock wins the 'Survival of the Fittest' urban obstacle race in London, England on Saturday

At the home of football.. something you might not expect… obstacle racing! 

Some dress up.. most prefer sports gear for one of the fastest-growing extreme sports in the world..

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Combining peak fitness, grit – and perfect for those who get a kick out of a challenge.. 


On a freezing day in London, winter temperatures added that bit of extra bite, Brit Conor Hancock seemed to take it all in his stride though. No hanging around here..


The London race marked the season's finale after events in Cardiff, Nottingham, Edinburgh and Manchester. 

Conor Hancock took the overall win in London, clocking a time of 39 minutes 

 



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Dubai International Handball Club proud of league debut

Matt Jones 19/11/2015
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Breaking new ground: DIHC.

Dubai International Handball Club captain Dario Menichetti believes the club’s strong debut in the UAE Premier League shows that they do belong among the elite.

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The club broke new ground in the summer by becoming the first expatriate team allowed to play in the previously all-Emirati UAE Premier League and Union Cup competitions.

In their debut Union Cup game last Friday, DIHC pushed current champions Al Ahli close on their home turf, taking an early 4-2 lead before eventually succumbing to a 29-15 defeat.

DIHC’s inclusion into the 2015-16 domestic schedule opened a new chapter on handball in the Emir- ates and Italian Menichetti believes the club are on their way to proving they belong.

Menichetti said: “We are honored to become the first top-division team established by non-UAE nationals. Our objective was to show our potential and enjoy the match. The match was fair and the result is real. We did our best, but it was not enough for the victory. We need to move on, look towards our next game and improve our performance.”

Friday was also a special day for Algerian DIHC player, Jalil Machou. Despite living in the UAE all his life and his father previously coaching Al Nasr, Machou was not allowed to play competitively because he was an expat.

“This is a great moment for us. Competing on the top level is a huge experience. I wish luck to all handball players and teams in the Premier League this season,” said Machou, who scored 11 goals on his league debut. 

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DSC unveils new ranking system for city’s major events

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Five star: Sheikh Hamdan.

Golf’s DP World Tour Championship, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, horse racing’s Dubai World Cup and cycling’s Dubai Tour have been deemed the best events taking place in the northen emirate according to the newly-introduced Sports Events Ranking System, which gave them all a five-star categorisation.

Results of the ranking system, which were ratified by Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, were revealed at a ceremony at Armani Hotel Burj Khalifa on Monday night.

The system is an initiative launched by the Dubai Sports Council to rank events according to 13 criteria and 29 key performance indicators (KPIs). The 2014-2015 Sports Events Ranking System uses a star rating system to grade events according to the quality of their management and organisation.

The system also classifies the events under five categories: event development, economic development, sports development, social development and brand development. 

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“The new Sports Events Ranking System is part of the UAE’s efforts to set new global benchmarks for excellence in every sphere of life including the sports sector.

The new system is one of the examples of creativity and innovation that Dubai has shown in advancing quality and standards, in line with the vision of Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,” said Sheikh Hamdan.

“On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of DSC, we are pleased to present the first set of results of the Sports Event Ranking System, which is primarily aimed at promoting the continuous development of benchmarks in sports events by using relevant and meaningful tools for measuring standards.” 

The BWF Destination Dubai Superseries Finals, Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, Nike’s We Run DXB and Omega Dubai Desert Classic were among 29 events given four stars.

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