Going Out: Sportsmania’s Ramadan football tournament lights up JLT

Denzil Pinto 12:44 22/06/2015
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Fun for alll: The event is open for men and women aged 15 and above.

Following the success of their previous football tournaments, players can expect plenty of fun and entertaining enc-ounters when Sportsmania host their third edition.

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The Ramadan Football Tournament will have a five-a-side format and is open to men and women aged 15 and above, with proceedings getting underway from 20:30 at Dubai’s Jumeirah Lakes Towers.

So far a number of teams have already signed up and you can join them before Friday’s deadline.

The competition will consist of a group stage and knockouts and depending on the number of teams, matches will vary between 10 to 15 minutes.

Since opening earlier this year, Sportsmania have wasted no time in organising football tournaments and Jad Ghandour, their operations manager is sure Saturday’s event will be another success.

He said: “We have had a great response to our first two tournaments that we’ve held here in Sportsmania.

"Although it is Ramadan and the heat and people going on holiday may see a slight decrease in terms of number of entries, I’m still confident we will attract a lot of teams on the day.

“Previously, we have had 80 per cent of teams sign up in the last two days so we hope to expect a lot of teams on the day.

“We wanted to do it as a two-day tournament but decided to hold it on one day only as we realised that people come from different cities in the UAE just to take part.”

State-of-the-art: The pitches at Sportsmania have been a welcome addition to Jumeirah Lakes Towers.

Matches will be played in one of the six five-a-side football pitches on a “quality artificial” turf. 

While it will follow the same traditional five-a-side rules, Sportsmania will make some changes.

“To make it very interesting and exciting, we have decided to make some changes to the rules. For instance, once the ball hits the roof of the net, the play is stopped and the opposition resumes the game,” said Ghandour.

Entry costs Dh499 per team and with organisers keen to see as many people compete, there is no limit to the number of players per squad. With trophies and prizes to play for, Ghandour insists the tournament is not one to be missed.

He said: “It will be a great day out especially as the temperature will decrease in the evenings. 

“The most important thing is for them to have fun and enjoy themselves. 

“Sportsmania has only been open for two months and they will get to play in state-of-the-art facilities and get to experience a fun, well organised tournament.”

What: Sportsmania’s Ramadan football tournament
Where: Sportsmania, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai
When: Saturday, June 27 from 20:30
Contact: Visit www.sportsmania.ae

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Shuttlecock stars: Shuttle Time Dubai.

Hundreds of people beat the summer heat last night as Dubai Sports World 2015 kicked off with the re-opening of the UAE’s largest indoor summer sports venue.

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The landmark fifth edition of the event will run until August 29 in the vast Dubai World Trade Centre, an air-conditioned space featuring eight professional-standard pitches for football and rugby, one volleyball court, four basketball courts, two tennis courts, one cric-ket pitch, twelve table tennis tables, six badminton courts, a gym, a running track, a wire park and a skate-boarding and BMX park. 

DSW 2015 – organised in association with Dubai Sports Council – will also roll-out its largest and most diverse roster of summer camps and team, corporate and community tournaments.

Dignataries led by DSC secretary general His Excellency Saeed Hareb and local sports figures were on hand to witness the gala unfold, badminton star Muna al 
Sahlawi urging fitness fans to escape the soaring outdoor temperature and get involved.

She said: “Last year, we saw so many people coming of all ages and nationalities. And this year, it will attract even more. 

“My dream is to see more UAE nationals, both men and women, to make use of this amazing facility.”

New activities this year are Power Penalty Challenge, Against GraviTi Parkour and Streetworkout arena, the elevated Wire World Park of obstacles and bridges and dedicated group exercise (GX) classes by Fitness First.

Competitions include DUPLAYS Ramadan Football Cup, adidas #BeTheDifference 6-a-side football tournament, DXB2-UAE Conference Basketball, Dubai Sports World Basketball League, G-Force Cricket T-10 cricket tournament and Shuttle Time Dubai Corporate Badminton Championship. 

A number of summer camps for children aged four to 16 will take place. These include two-time African Footballer of the Year Frederic Kanoute’s KAFO Academy, Match Sport Academy, IFA sporting academy’s football and basketball programmes, G Force Cricket Academy and Tennis 360.

Badminton World Federation secretary general/COO Thomas Lund was on hand to see dozens of competitors taking part in Shuttle Time Dubai.

“Honestly, I think it is amazing how Dubai Sports World develops from year to year,” he said. “I’m very pleased with is how full it is.”

With record bookings for pitc-hes and courts driving pre-opening optimism, organisers believe attendance this year will trump the 175,081 figure set over 80 days last summer.

“Our market-leading position has been reflected in phenomenal pre-opening bookings,” said Ahmed Alkhaja, senior vice president – venues, DWTC.

“We are expecting another record-breaking summer.”

Running daily until the end of August, DSW 2015 is open from 08:00 to 01:00 during the Holy Month of Ramadan and from 08:00 to midnight after Ramadan.

For further enquiries on registering, making bulk bookings or organising unique team-building activities across a variety of sports, log on to www.dubaisportsworld.ae.

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Last man standing: Ahmed Al Kiremli.

Battling through physical limitations, Ahmed Al Kiremli still had more than enough left in the tank to finish off his run and be crowned the A Cup winner in the Elite Squash Festival 2015.

The former Iraqi No1 player and member of the national team captured the title with a decisive 3-0 victory against runner-up Vladislav Farras at Fitness First, The Meadows, on Saturday night.

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Kiremli faced greater opposition in his semi-final match against Ali Miski the previous day, but more than anything, had to cope with effects of fasting during the day.

“I’m fasting and that’s the toughest thing in this tournament. The matches are at 20:30 or 21:00, we’re eating at 19:15 and breaking our fast,” said Kiremli, who coaches and plays in Dubai.

“It’s the first few days of Ramadan and your body isn’t used to it,” he added.

The tournament’s B Cup was claimed by Agha Ali Raza, who defeated Ezzat 3-0 as well.

Raza’s march to the trophy gave him confidence for a move up to the A Cup in the next edition.

Nasib Manekia  also finished off the C Cup without much drama, taking down Richard Khalife 3-0 in the final.

                           

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