The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), in association with Dubai Sports Council, have announced that the sixth edition of the popular annual event will be the biggest and best yet.
Spread across Sheikh Saeed Halls 1, 2 and 3, and the Trade Centre Arena – covering 25,000 square metre of air-conditioned, indoor space – the 2016 DSW will be packed with a 12-week schedule of sports, tournaments, academies and activities, starting Sunday, June 5, and ending on August 27.
Commenting on the return of DSW, DWTC vice president of venues Ahmed Alkhaja, said: “Dubai Sports World aims to ensure that sports enthusiasts have access to the best, most exciting indoor fitness venue and activities in the region.
“This year’s venue is bigger and better and will offer a range of academies and sports – providing everyone the opportunity to move, have fun, and remain healthy indoors during the hot summer months.”
Dubai Sports Council general secretary Saeed Mohamed Hareb added: “As part of our efforts to promote a sporting culture in Dubai, it is exciting to witness the growth of Dubai Sports World, which has become synonymous with summer in Dubai.”
The expanded venue will this year feature four pitches for five-aside football, four pitches for seven-a-side football and rugby, six basketball courts, three tennis courts, eight badminton courts, a cricket pitch and a gym.
EFC’s Under-16 squad was unbeaten through the tournament as they won the UAE FA League, a run that included an impressive 3-0 win against the UAE national team in the final.
That achievement becomes more creditable considering the squad, consisting of girls aged 11-15 from a mix of nationalities, was put together from scratch last September.
“Already the girls are proving to be one of the top U-16 teams in the UAE,” said team manager Jessica Prelle. “It has been amazing seeing the girls progress and constantly rise to challenges sometimes against girls who are five-six years older than them.
“We are now looking at creating an U14 in addition to the U16 squad. There are already 50 girls playing in EFCs Academy program.”
Meanwhile, the senior EFC ladies squad finished third in the UAE FA League, finishing as the best placed social team. Their season also included a brilliant 1-1 draw against the women’s pro club Abu Dhabi Country Club.
The team includes players from Germany, Canada, Zambia and Argentina aged 18-36.
“For some of us it is the first time playing together but everybody is working hard and they have done incredibly well,” added team captain Prelle.
“It’s an interesting experience with all of us stepping up from the seven-a-side game to the 11s format but all the players have done well.
“We strongly believe we can work towards a top two next season.”
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We all know how fast Usain Bolt is given that he’s a two-time Olympic and three-time world champion, and when he does call it quits, rightly so, he will go down as one of the all-time sporting greats.
And it was on this day eight years ago that he sent out a strong warning to his rivals of his potential and made everyone sit up and take notice. Running in his fifth 100m, Bolt clocked 9.72 seconds in New York to set a new world record, beating the previous best set by Asafa Powell.
He repeated the feat again at the sport’s greatest showpiece, the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, in 9.69 seconds, before going even faster in 9.58 seconds at the 2009 World Championships.
Here’s what other memorable sporting events happened on this day:
1943: St. Louis Cardinals’ Mort Cooper pitches first of back-to-back one-hitters.
1972: Johan Cruyff nets twice as Ajax beat Internazionale to lift the European Cup.
1984: Viv Richards hits 189 runs from 170 balls as the West Indies beat England by 104 runs in an ODI.
2002: Senegal beat world champions France 1-0 in their group opener at the FIFA World Cup.