Moroccan Anouar El Ghouz and Betlhem Belayneh of Ethiopia won the men’s and women’s titles respectively in the 10km professional category of the NAS Running Challenge, which saw more than 1,600 runners of different age and nationalities take part.
El Ghouz, who works for Dubai Police, topped the charts in the men’s professional category of the 10km race with a time of 30:54, finishing ahead of Ahmed Tamri (31:00) and Samir Jouaher (31:43). Belayneh was fastest in the 10km women’s professional category, clocking 36:05 to finish ahead of Belainesh Gurmu (37:03) and Rahma Ali (39:50).
In the 10km race for UAE Nationals, Mubarak Rashid was first to cross the line in a time of 32:35, followed by Obaid Al Nuaeimi (32:56) and Khalifa Al Nuaeimi (33:44).
Morocco’s Soufiane Dardour won the 5km Open Men race in a time of 12:31, with Ethiopia’s Yassin Ebba (12:43) finishing second and Rachid Draoua (12:44), also of Morocco, finishing third.
“This is the first time I am participating in the Nad Al Sheba Running Challenge, and it was really difficult race because of the weather and the quality of the runners,” said Dardour. “There were some really good runners from Kenya and Uganda in the race, so it is really pleasing for me to finish ahead of them. I am definitely looking forward to coming back next year to defend my title.”
Ten-years-old Sheikha Al Najjar was the youngest participant in the NAS Running Challenge, competing in the 5km race. She had taken part last year as well, in the 10km race alongside her father, and, impressively, finished the race.
“I run 3km three times a week,” said Al Najjar, who is part of Ajman club’s Jiu-Jitsu team. “This year, I decided against taking part in the 10km race on the advice of a Moroccan runner last year. She asked me to take part in the 5km race instead because it is better suited to my age.
“So I asked my father to register me to run alongside him in the 5km race. I managed to complete the distance without any problems and I am really pleased with that.”
Noor Bank keep hopes alive
In the NAS Cricket tournament, Noor Bank and Mideast Metals kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage with emphatic wins on Saturday night.
Beaten by Abu Dhabi Tigers in their first match, Noor Bank bounced back to defeat Chalhoub Group by 51 runs and will now await the result of the final Pool 2 match between the Tigers and Chalhoub.
Mideast Metals, who had lost to Hadaf Sporting RAK in their opening match, defeated Wolfpack Cricket Club by 47 runs to earn a bonus point. Their fate, however, will depend on the result of the final Pool 3 match between Hadaf and Wolfpack.
There are 24 eight teams taking part in the tournament. They have been divided into eight group of three each, and the top team from each group will qualify for the quarter-finals. Dubai Exiles RFC already confirmed their place in the last eight from Pool 1 with two wins from two matches.
Futsal for People with Hearing Disabilities
The NAS Futsal Championship for People with Hearing Disabilities started on Saturday at UAE Football Association in Al Khawaneej with four teams – Dubai A, Dubai B, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain – in the fray.
In the first match, Dubai A prevailed 4-3 over Al Ain in a keenly-contested match with Omani Abdulrahman Al Khudri scoring twice for the winners, and Bahrain’s Akbar Salman and Waleed Khalid once each. Oman’s Abdullah Mubarak scored two for Al Ain and Abdulrahman Abdo a third.
In the second match, Abu Dhabi defeated Dubai B 7-0, with Salem Mohammed Al Hajri scoring three goals, Anas Abdulhadi Al Harthy two, and Hamdan Saeed Hajri and Mohammed Mubarak Al Sibai one each.
NAS RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIP
10km Open Men: 1-Anouar El Ghouz 30:54, 2-Ahmed Tamri 31:00, 3-Samir Jouaher 31:43
10km Open Women: 1-Betlhem Belayneh 36:05, 2-Belainesh Gurmu 37:03, 3-Rahma Ali 39:50
10km UAE Nationals: 1-Mubarak Rashid 32:35, 2-Obaid Al Nuaeimi 32:56, 3-Khalifa Al Nuaeimi 33:44
5km Open Men: 1-Soufiane Dardour 12:31, 2-Yassin Ebba 12:43, 3-Rachid Draoua 12:44
5km Open Women: 1-Chloe Tighe 14:15, 2-Anne Mari Hyrylainen 14:51, 3-Meryl Cooper 16:21
5km UAE National Men: 1-Masood Falaknaz 14:14, 2-Saleh Al Suwaidi 14:17, 3-Ayoob Mohammed 14:52
5km UAE National Women: 1-Shahad Jassem 18:50, 2-Sarah Faraidooni 19:59, 3-Marwa Alamoodi 21:02
Noor Bank 132 for 6 (A Shah 35, S Jawaid 38; F Gafoor 2-17, A Rashid 2-9) vs Chalhoub Group 81 for 4 (F Ghafoor 20; A Iqbal 2-12). Noor Bank win by 51 runs.
Mideast Metals 121 for 6 (MZ Mohammed n.o. 38; M Bukhari 2-16, S Anees 2-26) vs Wolfpack Cricket Club 74 for 7 (H Altaf 20; A Maqsood 2-12, K Khwaja 2-15). Mideast Metals win by 47 runs.
Men’s Foil International Semifinal: Alaaeldin Aboelkasem (Egypt) beat Abdulaziz Al Shatti (Kuwait) 15-5; Daniel Giacon (Netherlands) beat Abdelrahman Haffour (Egypyt) 15-5.
Bigger and better with two new sports to boast, the seventh edition of the Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament is underway.
Organised by Dubai Sports Council 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 NAS Sports Tournament is the biggest event of its kind in terms of participation and prize money, and has been held every year in the Holy Month of Ramadan since 2013.
The Tournament has seen more than 22,000 athletes take part over the past six seasons, including amateurs and international legends like Zinedine Zidane and Falcao, and even Ambassadors and Consul Generals of different countries.
The seventh season of the Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament, being held under the slogan ‘Limitless Abilities’, will see more than 6,500 participants in action over the coming 18 days in 13 different events: Futsal, Volleyball, Padel, Fencing, Wheelchair Basketball, Futsal for People with Hearing Disabilities, NAS Night Challenge, the 5km and 10km Run, 75km Cycle Race, 3×3 Basketball, Jiu-Jitsu, Cricket and Snowboarding. There is a prize purse of AED 6 million on offer for them.
“The NAS Sports Tournament was launched seven years ago, under the guidance and patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum with the objective of promoting sport and attracting participants from the many different segments of our society,” said Salah Amin, Chairman of the Tournament’s Executive Committee.
“The Tournament has grown every year since to become one of the most important community sports initiative, embracing the many different segments of our diverse society. This year, as we celebrate the Year of Tolerance, we have expanded to 13 events and included cricket and snowboarding for the first time.
“We have seen more than 22,000 participants take part in the past six years of the NAS Sports Tournament, including 5,000 in 2018. This year, we will be seeing more than 6,500 participants take part. So, we are looking forward to 18 night of thrilling sports action that will keep fans entertained.”
As part of the opening ceremony, and to encourage and promote sports among People of Determination, there will be a Sitting Volleyball exhibition game, featuring players from countries around the region, including Egypt and Kazakhstan.
DEMAND FOR CRICKET
Meanwhile, the NAS Cricket T10 tournament, which is being held at the Wombats Cricket Ground in DP World, Jebel Ali (Gate 7), has been increased to 24 team from 12 following overwhelming demand. The 24 teams have been divided into eight groups of three each, with Emirates NBD Cricket Club, CPD Knight Riders and King Khalid being dawn in Group A, and Noor, AD Tigers and Chalhoub Group in Group B. Mideast Metals, Hadaf Sporting RAK and Wolf Pack CC comprise Group C, while The Cricketers Club, DP World and Velocity Cricket Club are in Group D.
Group E includes Wombats Cricket Club, MGM Cricket Club Sharjah and DCAS, while Titans Cricket Club, Abu Dhabi Cricket Lad and ASR Powered by Meritorious are in Group F. Cool Boys, Hamriya Kings and Rising Star Cricket Club Amshet have been drawn in Group G, and White Caps Cricket Club, Seamark Royals and DHL in Group H.
“This great interest in the NAS Cricket tournament is no surprise,” said Adil Yousif Albannay, Chairman of the NAS Sports Tournament’s Technical Committee. “Cricket is a hugely popular sport in UAE, especially among the South Asian expatriates and you can see them playing cricket everywhere.
“We are really happy to see the cricket community become a part of the NAS Sports Tournament and we are looking forward to a memorable tournament with 24 teams from across the country taking part and a total of 31 matches being played from May 7-22 at the Wombats Cricket Ground.”
Cricket is one of the two events added to the NAS Sports Tournament roster this year. The other is Ski and Snowboarding Championship.
“There has been a lot of enthusiasm for the Ski and Snowboarding championship at Ski Dubai as well,” said Albannay. “The men and women will be competing separately, under four different categories– Open, Under-16, Under-12 and Under-10, and there will medals for the top three in each category.”
One of the most popular and fun events on the UAE’s sporting calendar returns at the end of the month as the Beach Run comes to Dubai.
The Beach Run is the UAE’s only running event which happens on the beautiful sands of UAE’s beaches.
This year’s event is supported by Gatorade, Aquafina, Oakley and Emirates NBD.
With the location of the event being Sunset Beach it really makes the occasion unique and allows for the greatest views Dubai has to offer. Participants will be running under the gaze of the famous Burj Al Arab while being cheered on by the day’s beach goers. The event has been set up for families to enjoy but also challenges participants as running on sand adds another unique, fun yet testing dimension to the day.
On the day runners will have the option of three different distances which are 7.2km, 3.6km and 1.8km.
The Festival Village opens at 07:00, with the serious run (7.2km) getting under way an hour later at 08:00. The fun run (3.6km) is at 09:15 while the shorter family run (1.8km) starts at 10:30. The village closes at 12:00 midday.
Apart from the event itself, there is plenty to entertain participants and spectators alike on the day, including the festival village which will be packed with food, activities and sponsors activations.
Activities on the day will ensure participants of all ages will have plenty to do outside of the running races, including bouncy castles, football, volleyball, beach tennis, as well as an Alliance Academy activation.
It’s sure to be thirsty and hungry work and there will be many food outlets on site, including Costa Coffee, Ripe Market and Circuit Factory Food boxes will be available to all participants. Also, Al Rawabi and Optimum Nutrition will have stands offering their products to all.
Sponsors Gatorade, Aquafina, Oakley and Emirates NBD will be around on the day too and will add to the many activities available in the festival village.
Sponsors will also be giving prizes out throughout the morning, providing all runners with the opportunity to win.
Event fitness partner Fitness First will be in charge of the warmups for each of the races and brand ambassador Jennifer Chalouhi will also be conducting fitness classes throughout the morning.
To top it all off, there will be music and an MC that will add to the excitement of the day.
For further information on this year’s Beach Run, contact [email protected] or call 04 2434 377. Alternatively, click on the registration link at https://www.premieronline.com/event/beach_run_dxb_2019_4058.
What: Beach RunWhen: March 29
Where: Sunset Beach, opposite Umm Suqeim Park.
Contact: Email [email protected] or call 04 2434 377