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World's Ultimate Strongman athletes 'living the Conor McGregor life' in Dubai

Dan Owen 22/10/2018
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Terry Hollands trains ahead of World's Ultimate Strongman as Luke Stoltman, Mark Boyd and Robert Oberst look on.

World’s Ultimate Strongman competitors have starting arriving in Dubai, and have been bowled over by hospitality afforded to them as they live ‘the Conor McGregor life.’

The strongest men in the world will gather at the Bab al Shams Arena on Friday in an event that fuses sporting competition with family friendly entertainment and activities.

Strongman is still a relatively low-profile sport, despite the athletes performing super-human feats, but World’s Ultimate Strongman (WUS) is looking to change all aspects of that from the marketing and delivery of the event to how the athletes are treated and how much they are paid.

Fourteen athletes will take part, including three World’s Strongest Man winners, across six events that will test them more than ever before.

Robert Oberst, Terry Hollands, and Tom Stoltman arrived in Dubai last week and have been taking in the sights along with a number of promotional activities.

Sadly, Oberst won’t be competing as he continues to rehab a bicep injury, but is still still exited as to what the event will hold.

“It’s pretty cool to see it all coming together, the guys are excited, the city is excited, I’m looking forward to see what happens,” he said. “I think it’s going to be something we remember for a long time.

“This is very different to anything we’ve ever done. This is going to change the future of strongman a lot, people are going to have to compete with this – if you want to be the best show in the world you have to beat this one.

“The hospitality has been pretty good! I drove here in a Maserati and the guys rolled in the Rolls Royce – we’re living the Conor McGregor life.”

Terry Hollands is a veteran of around 250 competitions, and says he has never seen anything like this.

“This is raising the bar for strongman,” he said. “They have made such an effort with the show, the entertainment, and everything else that is going on around it. It’s great for the sport.

“This is next level, the way we are being treated, we’re in an amazing hotel, food is all provided, prize money is better than we have ever had, the arena is amazing, the equipment looks great – we can all see it is something that is going to be great for strongman.

“Sometimes it takes someone to raise the bar for everyone else then to follow suit.

He also encouraged people to witness the spectacle for themselves.

“If you’ve never been to a strongman show before come along, you’re going to really enjoy it. It’s a great experience and spectacle to see guys doing things that are almost unthinkable.”

Supported by the Dubai Sports Council, WUS will headline with the strongman competition, but the huge arena will be full of other activities – you can see just a selection of them here.

World’s Ultimate Strongman takes place on Friday October 26, at Bab al Shams Arena. For more information and tickets see www.worldsultimatestrongman.com

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Abu Dhabi Marathon trophy and medals unveiled

David Cooper 16/10/2018
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The Abu Dhabi Marathon trophy

The trophy and medal designs for the inaugural ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon have been revealed.

Taking place on December 7, the race will feature 42k, 10k, 5k, and 2.5k distances.

Trophy designs took inspiration from the silhouette of a runner and is in the race’s official colours; blue and yellow.

Winners and runners up of the elite and wheelchair races will receive a trophy, while all runners who complete one of the four races will be awarded a bespoke medal.

Medals will be inscribed with ‘Year of Zayed’, to mark the 100th anniversary of Sheikh Zayed Al Nayan’s birth.

Speaking on the occasion, H.E. Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said: “This inaugural event presents a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to get together and enjoy a day out with family and friends. It is also a chance for fitness enthusiasts to test themselves in an elite environment and inspire the wider community with their determination and drive.”

Cash prizes are also on offer for the male and female victors in the full-length race and will each receive a staggering $100,000, whilst second and third place finishers will receive cash prizes of $25,000 and $15,000, respectively.

There is still time to register for the race. For more information visit: www.adnocabudhabimarathon.com

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Sheikha Hind Women's Sports Tournament starts on Tuesday with cycling race

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Sheikha Hind Women's Sports Tournament begins with a cycling race

The sixth edition of the Sheikha Hind Women’s Sports Tournament gets underway on Tuesday October 16 with 80 cyclists from various government and semi-government institutions and the private sector competing on the 16km Nad Al Sheba track in Mohammed bin Rashid District 1.

Organised by Women’s Sports Committee of the Dubai Sports Council (DSC) under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and guidance of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, the tournament will see a record number of ladies compete in 10 different individual and team sports over the next two weeks, until October 30.

On Wednesday, the handball and volleyball teams will take the court at Dubai Stars Sportsplex in Al Mizhar, while a day later, the basketball and badminton competitions will start at the same place.

The chess championship will start on October 18 at the Dubai Chess and Culture Club while the 3km Road Race will take place on Saturday at the Al Warqa Public Park, opposite Aswaq Shopping Mall.

The bowling championship will take place at the Dubai International Bowling Centre in Al Mamzar on October 22 and the swimming competition at Al Wasl on October 27, while the table tennis competition starts from October 24 at Dubai Stars Sportsplex.

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