Alex Carella, the Italian two-time UIM F1 H20 World Champion, has joined Team Abu Dhabi and will take part in this weekend’s Grand Prix of Qatar in Doha Bay.
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The former Qatar Team stalwart joins forces with mentor and 10-time World Champion Guido Cappellini, who was recently appointed Team Abu Dhabi manager. Carella will link up with the Thani Al Qamzi as the Italian bids for a fourth world title.
“I am thrilled to be joining Team Abu Dhabi,” said Carella, a veteran of 32 Grand Prix. “I have often thought about this team in the past and they know exactly the meaning of professionalism and competing at the highest level. I know this race in Qatar well and will be aiming to get my new career off to a winning start."
Team Abu Dhabi general manager Salem Rumaithi said: “Alex is one of the finest racers in the world and probably the best of his generation.
“We are delighted that he has joined our team and we can now benefit from the talents of Thani and Alex this season.”
Al Qamzi is a veteran of 110 Grand Prix and is delighted to have Carella as his team-mate for the new season.
“Alex joining the team gives me a strong motivation to succeed. I have enjoyed competing against him for several years when he was an integral member of the Qatar Team and it is great that we are now team-mates and will be working together for Team Abu Dhabi.”
Practice and time trails will take tomorrow (Friday) and the 2015 Grand Prix of Qatar will get under way on Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, Team Russia’s Andrei Panyushkin and Konstantin Ustinov won the 2015 UIM Nations Cup World Series in Qatar yesterday (Wednesday).
The duo were first and fifth in the opening race and second and third in Race 2 to confirm overall victory from Team Belarus and Team Germany.
Team UAE’s Rashed Al Qemzi was the sole entrant in the Emirati team and was impressive in both sprint races.
In Race 1, Al Qemzi stormed through from the rear of the field to snatch third, but was deprived of second overall in Race 2 when he was penalised a lap and slipped to 10th after striking a turn buoy. Team UAE’s Rashed Al Remeithi withdrew to enable Al Qemzi to fight for outright victory in the No14 boat.
The superstars of world diving will arrive in Dubai in just over a weeks’ time, ahead of the second leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2015 which will be held at the Hamdan Sports Complex from 19-21 March.
This year’s event will feature a stellar line up of world champions and Olympic champions from around the globe including China, Great Britain, Russia and the USA.
Spectators at the event in previous years were treated to superb performances as the world class divers battled it out for gold in each of the finals. This year the competition is promising to be just as tough, particularly as this year’s series is a key component in the divers’ preparation for the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, in July.
Crowd favourite Tom Daley of Great Britain will head the charge for the men’s 10m platform gold. Daley captured the world’s attention as a 15 year old when he won the gold medal in the 10m platform at the 2009 FINA World Championships. After battling injuries in 2013, Daley has returned to form, finishing third overall in the 2014 FINA/NVC Diving World Series (10m).
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Daley’s biggest competition in the 10m platform will be Olympic Gold medallist David Boudia of USA, and China’s Olympic silver medallist and current World Champion Qui Bo. Qui delighted the crowds in Dubai last year, performing a breathtaking perfect dive in the 10m final and scoring full marks from the judges.
The line-ups in every event will be equally spectacular, and in a new addition this year there will be competition for mixed teams in the 3m springboard synchro and 10m platform synchro.
“We are delighted to be welcoming the world’s best divers back to Dubai for the FINA/NVC Diving World Series. We were thrilled to witness an incredible display of diving in the last three Diving World Series events in Dubai, and with another line-up featuring multiple world and Olympic champions the stage is set for another superb event”, said Ahmed Al Falasi, President of the UAE Swimming Federation.
The 2015 FINA/NVC Diving World Series event consists of six legs and kicks off in Beijing on 13-15 March, then travels to Dubai, Kazan, London, Windsor (Canada) before the last leg in Merida (Mexico) on 29-31 May. Divers compete for points and prize money at each of the ten events, in the categories of 3 meter springboard and 10 meter platform in solo, synchro and mixed synchro diving.
The Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS) has reported high attendance, vast international reach and strong sales following the conclusion of its 23rd edition yesterday, and organisers admit they have their eyes on making it the largest boat show in the world.
Showcasing over 430 boats and more than 800 exhibitors and brands from over 54 countries, 26,000 local and international visitors had descended on this year’s DIBS (March 3-7), including Formula One driver Fernando Alonso, who yesterday was shown around the grounds by Mohammed ben Sulayem, FIA vice president and president of the Automobile and Touring Club for the UAE.
Saeed Hareb, chairman of the Dubai International Marine Club and senior advisor to DIBS, was impressed by the massive turnout but admits he dreams of taking the show to new heights.
“My dream is to see this show grow bigger and bigger, and to see it go from its current status as the sixth-largest in the world to become the top boat show on the planet. We always say no to impossibility and it’s not far-fetched that we go up to No1 in the future,” Hareb told Sport360°.
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“The exhibitors have given us great feedback, they have had positive results from this show and sealed many deals. The value of money on display here is very high and I expect that deals worth more than Dh200 million have been completed, based on initial data we have gathered.”
UAE-based Al Shaali Marine, who unveiled the AS 100 superyacht this year, valued at $5.45 million (Dh20 million), said they were expecting to sell at least three superyachts and seven medium-sized boats by the end of the show.
“Not only were we expecting to sell superyachts and boats, but we also inked three dealership agreements – one regionally and two in Europe ,” said Sultan Al Shaali, CEO of Al Shaali Group.
Meanwhile, SNS Marine Group auctioned off a Chris Craft 21-foot Carina boat to raise funds for Breast Cancer Arabia.