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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.
Sport360 sat down with the UAE resident after he completed the ultramarathon. Proudly sporting the scarf from MDS around his neck, Siddique tells his story in the video above.



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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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Sport in the UAE: Going Out - Register for Footgolf competition this month

Denzil Pinto 10/05/2017
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A family affair: People of any age and skill can enjoy a game of FootGolf.

Footgolf is a new sport that has started to sweep across the world and here’s your chance to see why it’s hugely popular at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club (AESGC).

Combining golf and football, the activity has been a huge success.

With no golf club needed, you only need precision with your feet to kick the football into the large holes around a nine-hole course.

The US and UK are just two of the countries where the sport has a big presence and the UAE has now caught the Footgolf fever. Since being introduced on the schedule at AESGC, the only way has been up with even schoolchildren trying out the new leisure activity.

“Footgolf has been extremely popular since its introduction a little over a year ago,” said Gavin Chappell, golf manager at AESGC.

“We have been regularly getting 72 players per event although the numbers are beginning to decrease now with the warmer weather.

“But we have more activities than any other of its kind in UAE so Footgolf was a perfect opportunity to expand even more. We heard of its popularity in UK so we wanted to be first to offer it in the UAE. Al Ain has a lot of people from Arabic speaking backgrounds living here, but golf isn’t high on their to-do list. We know how popular football is for them and so we thought Footgolf was a great way to get people to the facility so they can see for themselves what we have to offer.”

Tournament Details

  • Footgolf
  • Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club
  • When: For timings, visit the website. Tournament on May 25
  • Contact: For more information, visit www.aesgc.com.

Whether you’re new to the sport or have tried it out previously, footgolf is open for all abilities.

“One of the best things of FootGolf is that it can be played by anyone and no prior training or experience is required. All you need is a pair of comfortable training shoes and be able to kick a football,” said Chappell.

“All games are played on our 9-hole Academy course which would last around 60 minutes.”

While general play is available, (advanced booking is required), there’s also an opportunity to play in one of their fun tournaments later this month.

Registration is still open for their May 25 event (start 18:00) and Chappell insists it’s a perfect chance to play with your friends and win some great prizes.

“It will be a four-person team and the best two scores on each hole will count towards the final score,” he said. “It is really enjoyable social event where we play music and give it a party atmosphere.”

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