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Kuwait sues sports chiefs over international suspension

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Sheikh Talal Fahad Al-Sabah (c) is one of those being sued.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the government’s legal department against Kuwait Olympic Committee head Sheikh Talal Fahad Al-Sabah and 14 other board members including his elder brother Sheikh Ahmad, one of the most powerful figures in football and the Olympics.

The lawsuit blames the board members for causing Kuwait’s suspension by FIFA and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by informing the two bodies that Kuwaiti laws allow government interference in sports.

The government is demanding temporary damages of $16,500, which if granted by the court will allow authorities to seek greater damages of $1.3 billion, according to Al-Rai newspaper.

The government says in the lawsuit that it has spent more than $1.3 billion on local sports in the past five years.
FIFA and the IOC both suspended Kuwait in October because of alleged government interference in the Gulf state’s sport.

The Kuwaiti government has repeatedly said the country’s laws are in line with international sports charters.

It is the third time since 2007 that FIFA and the IOC have suspended Kuwait for alleged government interference.

If the suspension remains, it will prevent Kuwait qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Sheikh Ahmad, a member of the FIFA executive committee and the IOC, is fighting an appeal against a six-month jail term for insulting the judiciary.

Sheikh Ahmad and his brother are nephews of Kuwait’s ruler Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

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On the Radar - January 11-16: Beach Run, Hankook Dubai 24H

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Don't miss out on any sporting action in the UAE this week!

There is no end of sport to get involved in or watch in the UAE this week and here are Sport360’s top picks.

From the Beach Run to the Hankook Dubai 24H and the return of the hugely popular Al Wathba Cycle Track event, there is something for everyone in the Emirates this week.

AL WATHBA CYCLE SERIES

Monday, January 11

The Al Wathba Cycling Series has been ongoing since October, proving to be an excellent event series for novice riders who are either recreational riders and/or not used to group riding techniques.

As a series it allows for riders to be re-seeded given the expectation that as riders skills and fitness improve they would move to later groups where the pace will be faster and the group skills more hone.

At the end of the series the winner with most points overall will receive a new Eddy Merckx EMX1 frameset worth around AED 6,000.

Venue: Al Wathba Cycle Track, Abu Dhabi
Contact: Al Wathba Cycling Series

WEST ASIA CUP
Friday, January 15

The Gulf’s premier rugby competition continues after the opening round of action last weekend. The highlight of the second round is Abu Dhabi Saracens at home to Doha, and Dubai Exiles away to Bahrain.

Website: Gulf Rugby

HANKOOK 24H DUBAI
Friday, January 15

Head to Dubai Autodrome for the Hankook 24H race, one of the most prestigious endurance races in the UAE and around the world.

Drivers from all corners of the globe will roll into the city to take part in the 2016 race.

The race proper starts at 2pm on Friday, January 15 and there are a host of activities around the race to keep petrol heads entertained in the lead up to and during the race.

Venue: Dubai Autodrome
Website: Hankook Dubai 24H

BORUSSIA DORTMUND VS JEONBUK HYUNDAI MOTORS
Friday, January 15

Bundesliga highflyers Borussia Dortmund will take on Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in a friendly match at Al Wasl Stadium.

During their week long training at Nad Al Sheba, Dortmund will aim to put their hard work to use in a run-out with the defending South Korean league winners.

Some of the star names that will be showcasing their talents include Marco Reus, Mats Hummels, African Ballon d’Or winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Shinji Kagawa and more.

Venue: Al Wasl Sports Club

BEACH RUN DUBAI
Saturday, January 16

The UAE’s first-ever Beach Run has arrived to get lovers of fitness and the sandy shores up and active.

With different distances and options available, the Beach Run is suitable for runners of all abilities and ages.

Whether you’re an experienced runner, new to the sport or just looking for an enjoyable way to get some exercise, the event is perfect for all.

And with it coming in early January, it’s a great time to kick-start your 2016 health and fitness goals in the best possible way.

Venue: Umm Suqeim Beach Park
Website: Beach Run

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NSL youngsters train with Bundesliga side coaches

Matt Jones 9/01/2016
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Youngsters had the chance to train with Bundesliga coaches.

Scores of young footballers preparing for the exciting knockout stages of the inaugural Emirates Islamic National School League Football season were put through their paces by Eintracht Frankfurt coaches in Abu Dhabi.

With the quarter-finals of the NSL Football Under-16 and Under-14 kicking off at the end of the month, it was a priceless opportunity for a specially selected group of players to net some advice.

Among those putting the youngsters through their paces in the backdrop of the capital’s spectacular Emirates Palace was Eintracht Frankfurt and Bundesliga legend Karl-Heinz Korbel.

The 61-year-old holds the record for most Bundesliga appearances (602) ever made, every single one of which was played in the red and black of The Eagles in a distinguished career that saw him win four DFB Pokkal’s (German Cups) as well as the 1980 UEFA Cup between 1972 and 1991.

Mohammed Waleed, who will be lining up for Delhi Private School, Dubai, on January 30 at The Sevens as his side take on New Indian Model School Al Ain, said he hopes the session with Korbel and his fellow coaches can help fire DPS to NSL glory.

“We are confident we can go all the way,” said the 15-year-old.

“It was  a great experience with the coaches, who are such professionals. A training session like this can help us, definitely. We can practice these drills back with the team and perhaps it could help us with our goal of achieving NSL glory.

“We’ve had a great tournament so far, we lost just once and came second, and we are looking forward to the quarter-finals. Our season is still very much alive and we’re excited about that. Let’s hope we win.”

Hadhi Bashir has been one of the stars of the tournament so far this season and he will be hoping to light up the knockout stages and lead Abu Dhabi Indian School into the last four when they meet Salman Farsi School in a few weeks.

“We are excited for the quarter-finals. We are confident for the win. We have to win this cup. That’s the aim,” said the 14-year-old Al Wahda academy prospect.

“We were happy to come top of the league and beat Al Yasmina School, who are a really good team, but it’s not over. It’s important for us to win the first NSL football tournament. It would be a really good moment for us.

“We will play I have heard Salman Farsi are really good, they have really good attackers and defenders. We’ve played well so far but in the quarter finals it will be the best eight teams in the tournament and I am hoping for our best moment and to win all the games.”

So what did one of Germany’s greatest ever domestic defenders make of the talent on offer?

“We came here last year and now we are here this year and so far this has been the best group of players that I’ve seen here,” said Korbel, who won six caps for West Germany and now runs Eintracht’s academy.

“If I could have more time with these kids, to prepare them, then I am confident that I could get the title if I worked with some of them.

Young NSL stars geared up for big matches ahead with tough training sessions in Abu Dhabi.

Young NSL stars geared up for big matches ahead with tough training sessions in Abu Dhabi.

“In general though they still make some mistakes. They need to play a little bit calmer and not lose the ball as quickly.

“There’s a lot going on mentally and they are very enthusiastic. They have passion and will, which are two very important components when you go onto the pitch.”

The two-day training camp, held while the Bundesliga giants are enjoying a trip to the UAE during Germany’s winter break, was supported by sponsors Daman, who have played an important role in using their medical insurance expertise to help youngsters compete safely in the NSL.

Each school taking part in the competition nominated two players for the camp, with Sport360 selecting the final list of 60.

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