After two thrilling days of competition du was crowned the champions of the inaugural Corporate Sports Championship Dubai, held in collaboration with the Dubai Sports Council and in aid of Friends of Cancer Patients.
The Emirates integrated telecoms company fought off a fierce challenge from Dubai Islamic Bank on the second day of the event, which was played at the state-of-the-art Swiss International Scientific School, for a well-deserved victory as the best performing company over the championship.
In an incredibly close contest for the overall Championship title a tight margin separated Dubai Islamic Bank in second place and Saudi German Hospital UAE third position. Dubai Islamic Bank took the award for the best team with under 20 participants, while du took home the Excellence Award for the team with the most employees across all the sports. Boston Consulting Group claimed the Team Discipline Award for sportsmanship.
du won the grand prize of a Corporate Wellness Program worth AED150,000 that will be delivered by the Corporate Sports, while overall cash and prizes for the Championship exceeded AED300,000.
Appropriately launched in the Year of Tolerance, the Corporate Sports Championship Dubai welcomed participants from over 50 nationalities – emphasizing the diversity of Dubai’s culture – with ages ranging from 21 right through to over 60. In total 16 Industries were represented.
“The key objectives of the Corporate Sports Championship are to bring Wellness into the Workplace, promote Healthy Work/Life Balance and facilitate friendly competition all as part of the Ultimate Sports Day Experience,” said CEO and Founder of Corporate Sports, Mr. Mohammed Husary.
“Three ideas encapsulate what the Corporate Sports Championship Dubai is all about: Wellness, Engagement and Networking. We also would like to give our boundless thanks to Dubai Sports Council who have been with us every step of the way on our journey,” he added.
Corporate Sports assists regionally based companies to set-up, organize, and manage sports functions and wellness programs that promote employee engagement and work-life balance, healthy living, and, ultimately, boost corporate performance and profit.
The Hatta Hills Run makes its four appearance next month and while it promises to be a challenging race, you can still sign up with registration remaining open.
Organised by Super Sports Events, the race will see runners compete on different routes surrounding the Hatta Fort Hotel complex on Friday, March 8.
Whether you’re a beginner or experienced athlete, the race is open for all abilities with 3, 5, 10 and 21.1km distances to choose from.
Those competing in the longer format will tackle the tartan surface, and then face a steep hill before navigating their way through the mountain range and onto an off-road track.
Half Marathon runners will then branch off toward the Hatta Municipal Park and suburbia area before facing a 24% steep gradient incline as they ascend to the top of Hatta Dam for some breathtaking views of the dam and majestic Hajar Mountain Range.
The route for the 3 and 5km courses will be far easier but challenging as the competitors run around the hotel’s complex.
“The aim with this race is to offer runners something different to the urban city runs and by staging the race in Hatta they get to see a bit more of the country and what the surrounding areas have to offer,” said Warren Van Der Merwe, race director of Super Sports Events.
“We also want to offer the entire family an opportunity to participate on the day. The 21.1km, 10km and 5km runs will take athletes out of the hotel grounds and along the main road of Hatta while the 2.5km trail run is aimed at all the junior and social runners with some spectacular views of Hatta from the top of the steep climb.”
Entry fees vary between Dh125 and Dh225 depending on the distance, which includes a medal, refreshments and electronic chip timing.
What: Hatta Hills Run
Where: Hatta Fort Hotel
When: Friday, March 8 from 07:00
Contact: For more information, or for registration, visit www.premieronline.com
The year 2019, which is also dedicated to the virtue of tolerance, had a fairly auspicious start for athletes of determination.
As a lead up to the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, Al Ain, the fourth largest city in the UAE is currently hosting the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup for the fourth year in a row.
The competition kicked off on February 16th at the Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club.
Compared to previous years, this year’s competition achieved a new milestone, attracting 220 athletes from 47 countries, which is the highest ever seen in the competition so far.
According to the chairman of the local organizing committee, Abdullah Ismail Al Kamali, the event has already reached a state of perfection and their biggest goal for the next year would be to maintain the standards they are setting now.
“The World Shooting Para World Cup is being held in Al Ain for the fourth time now and we have already gathered a record-high number of participants from 47 countries and most of them are here for the first time,” he said, “So, this year has set the benchmark for us and our main goal is to maintain it for next year.”
“We also have an amazing contender for Tokyo 2020, his name is Abdullah Sultan Al Aryani and he is current world record holder. We are all looking forward to seeing him in the Olympics next year,” Mr. Al Kamali said when asked about a standout player in the UAE national team.
Out of the plethora of talented athletes who were vying to reach the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Sport360 caught up with four prominent shooters to learn more of their future plans.
Abdullah Saif Al Aryani is one of the Olympic hopefuls from the UAE national team who already has a world record to his name, which he secured at the 2019 IWAS (International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports) World Games in Sharjah.
The talented Emirati shooter was in good spirits at the shooting World Cup, speaking highly of his team and is positive that they can reach the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“I can’t vouch for the future, but we have a very strong team and we’ve got athletes like Abdullah Sultan Al Aryani, so I am sure we will fulfill the quota for Tokyo 2020 and we’ll compete in the Olympic games,” said Al Aryani.
26-year-old Natasha Hilltrop came from Germany to Al Ain for the third time to compete in the tournament and was thoroughly impressed by the facilities and the weather.
The young German shooter suffers from incomplete paraplegia and has set her eyes on the Tokyo Paralympic games in 2020, but considers laziness to be her biggest hurdle in her path to Olympic glory.
“I am kind of a lazy person,” Hilltrop said laughingly, “Sometimes I really have to force myself to go for training, besides that I don’t have many challenges in the sport.”
Two-time Paralympian, Luke Cain was also present at the Al Ain shooting World Cup for the third time and the avid Essendon supporter is looking to add Tokyo 2020 under his belt.
The 39-year-old was confined to a wheelchair following a horror on-field collision while playing football, which resulted in Cain breaking his neck when he was just 19, but the sport of shooting has given him numerous opportunities and a purpose.
“My accident was from football, I broke my neck playing football when I was 19 years of age, nearly 20 years from now, but shooting has given me opportunities to travel around the world and has given him a life to look forward to in a chair,” the Paralympian told Sport360.
Avni Lekhara was just 11 years old when she was involved in a car accident that injured her spinal cord resulting in paraplegia.
The now 17-year-old shooter possesses an iron will that has gotten her through some very tough times and helped find her passion in shooting.
Having already won a silver medal at the 2017 IPC Para Shooting World Cup in Dubai and now the teenager is competing in Al Ain for the second time around and the secret to her sporting success is to not take anything as a challenge.
“I don’t take anything as a challenge, because it’s your daily life and you get used to it. You just need to have faith in yourself and your capabilities, and little by little you will achieve everything you want,” said Lekhara.
The competition is currently ongoing and will end on 24th February, 2019.