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The Sheikh Saeed Hasher Al Maktoum team SHM has received a smash volley of sponsorship from Al Nabooda Automobiles, the sole distributor of Audi in Dubai and Northern Emirates ahead of this week’s paddle tennis event.
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Held in association with the Nad Al Sheba (NAS) Ramadan Sports Tournament 2015, the third annual competition hosts a number of sports including paddle tennis, archery, volleyball and running.
Formed in 2014 to participate in the inaugural NAS paddle tennis competition, the SHM team is back to retain their title in the popular tournament, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council.
The team boasts five Dubai-based professional paddle tennis players, including Shaikh Saeed Bin Hasher Al Maktoum, Omar Sharif Al Mazooqi, Javier Molina, Pedro Rios and Emilio Misas.
Ali Al Nabooda, General Manager, Audi, Al Nabooda Automobiles, said, “Paddle tennis is a relatively new sport but one which unites players on the court and tests fitness, skill and team building. Supporting the SHM paddle tennis team underlines our commitment to the development of sport in the UAE.”
“The tournament is a fantastic opportunity for sports enthusiasts to come together and compete at a top level. I wish the team all the best in their matches and look forward to supporting their efforts from the sidelines.”
SHM successfully won their first match which took place on Monday 29 June 2015 at the Nad Al Sheba Sport Complex in Dubai.
The American is widely considered one of the greatest track and field athletes of all time.
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Lewis, who turns 54 today, won a staggering 10 Olympic medals, including nine gold, and 10 World Championships medals, eight of them gold.
His stellar career spanned nearly two decades, starting from 1979. He called it a day after the 1996 Olympics.
Lewis dominated the sprint and long jump field and topped the world rankings in 100m, 200m and long jump in the 1980s and 1990s.
He set world records in the 100m, 4×100 m and 4×200 m relays, while his indoor long jump world record has stood since 1984.
His 65 consecutive wins in long jump, achieved over a period of 10 years, is one of sport’s longest undefeated streaks.
Over the course of his career, Lewis broke the 10-second barrier in 100m 15 times and 20s mark in 200m 10 times.
1957: Hannu Kamppuri, former NHL player and one of the first Finnish goaltenders to compete in the league (59).
1976: Ruud van Nistelrooy, retired Dutch footballer and and fourth-highest goalscorer in Champions League history (39).
1976: Patrick Kluivert, former Dutch footballer who played as a striker for Ajax, Milan and Barcelona (39).
1982: Joachim Johansson, former tennis player from Sweden who reached semi-finals of the 2004 US Open (33).