French Spiderman Alain Robert scales Cayan Tower Dubai

andrewbinner 13/04/2015
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Alain Robert aka the 'French Spiderman' breaks the Guinness World Record for climbing the world’s tallest twisted tower after scaling Cayan Tower.

Sport360 reporter Andrew Binner follows his ascent (from inside!) the 307 metre tower in Dubai Marina and speaks to him at the top.

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National Ambulance and Stadium unveiled as basketball league sponsors

Jay Asser 12/04/2015
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National Ambulance and Stadium have been confirmed as sponsors for the first ever NSL for basketball.

As the National School League Basketball tournament approaches, National Ambulance and Stadium have joined the grassroots initiative to develop sporting talent at the youth level in the UAE.

The companies have been confirmed as sponsors of Sport360’s first ever NSL for basketball, which begins this weekend.

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“National Ambulance is proud to be sponsoring Sport360°’s National School League Basketball,” said National Ambulance chief executive officer Robert Ball.

“We are committed to supporting local sport and the league shares our values of respect, excellence and integrity. An active involvement in sport is very important for the life-long health and welfare of children, so support at grassroots level gives them a healthy start and provides long-term benefits to the community.”

Stadium marketing manager Samantha Warrayat said: “Stadium is delighted to be a key sponsor of this year’s National School League Basketball and we are very much looking forward to working with Sport360 to ensure it is a great success for all those involved.

“As a brand, Stadium is committed to enabling and encouraging its consumers of all ages and abilities to be active and to enjoy a fit and healthy lifestyle; what better place to start than at grassroots level in UAE schools.

“Basketball is a game that enjoys a lot of support in the UAE. We wish all the participating schools and teams the very best of luck and look forward to watching some exciting basketball games.”

Schools from across Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah will compete across the under-14 and under-16 age groups. International School Choueifat Abu Dhabi coach Stefanita Buzatu believes the tournament is exactly what is needed in the nation’s capital.

“The kids pushed me to accept this tournament, they really want to play. It’s a challenge for them,” Buzatu said.

“It’s great for all the schools. It’s the first big tournament in Abu Dhabi.”

After the success of NSL Cricket, NSL Basketball is expected to continue giving more opportunities for the sporting stars of tomorrow.

“We are excited to start the newest chapter of the National School League series,” said Sport360 sports events manager Matt Burn.

“NSL Cricket was a great success and our team is looking to build on this success with basketball. The focus once again will be on the children and ensuring that they play in a safe, fair and professional environment.

“The greatest talent in UAE youth basketball will be on display during the league and we wish all the best to the teams participating.”

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UAE Radar: The week's top sporting events

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We look at the sporting events lighting up the UAE over the next seven days including the Dubai Dressage Championship, Abu Dhabi 3×3 basketball and the Urban Scavenger Hunt.

If we have missed anything please give us a nudge on Twitter using #360Fans @Sport_360.

HAMDAN BIN MOHAMMED 5TH INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP U18
Friday, April 10 – Sunday, April 19

Launched in 2009 this event has become very popular among fans and players alike with teams such as AC Milan and Real Madrid participating going up against local Dubai clubs. The competition forms part of Dubai Sport Council’s strategic plan to boost performance levels of grassroots & youth, so that they be able to join professional experiences and to guide teams in the future.

Venue: Dubai Police Officers Club 

Website: International Youth Football Championship

DUBAI DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIP
Monday, April 13 – Tuesday, April 14

Referred to sometimes as “Horse Ballet”, Dressage is a sport of Kings and requires great skill and discipline from both the Jockeys and their horses. The sport requires the rider to direct his/her horse with precision to accomplish certain moves and stances with minimal aid. The Dubai Dressage Championships will be held at the Emirates Equestrian Centre and is open for free viewing to the public.

For over 20 years EEC has been home to some of the finest dressage horses and riders in the country.

Venue: Emirates Equestrian Centre 

Website: Emirates Equestrain Centre

ABU DHABI 3X3 BASKETBALL TOUR
Thursday, April 16 – Friday, April 17

Exciting, urban and innovative, 3×3 basketball is inspired by several forms of street-ball played worldwide. The event sees two teams of three players (plus one substitute) face-off on a basketball half-court. According to the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) 3×3 basketball is the most popular urban team sport in the world, with over 250 million players.

Venue: Nation Towers Parking, Abu Dhabi

Website: Abu Dhabi 3×3

THE SAND PIT 
Friday, April 17

The Sand Pit is an un-timed 10k obstacle challenge that tests your physical and mental abilities. At The Sand Pit you will experience how tough you really are and how necessary your team and teamwork really is to accomplish a daunting challenge. There will also be an after-party for all to celebrate individual/team achievements.

Venue: Al Barari 

Website: Sand Pit Run

GLOBAL FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP (SERIES 3)
Friday, April 17

Series 3 of the Global Fighting Championship returns to Dubai. The series is a kick-off for a 5 series Grand Prix around the world. With a number of fighters chosen and a schedule of exciting fights, the final two players will be fighting for an AED 1 million cash prize. 

Venue: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium 

Website: Global Fighting Championship

RUSH-A-WAY: THE URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT
Friday, April 17

Teams of two will race in their own cars around Dubai, challenging their mental abilities, physical fitness and navigation skills. Upon completion of a challenge the team will recieve a clue which will lead them to their next task location. The team that arrives at the finish line first, after completing all challenges, will win the prizes on offer.

Venue: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium 

Website: Global Fighting Championship

ETHIAD RUN FOR A CAUSE
Friday, April 17

This charity run aims to raise funds to support a special needs center in Fujairah, the Green house project of Al Wagan center in Al Ain and the renovation of a school in Kakamega town – western Kenya. Open to all schools, organisations and residents in the UAE, the run is organized by Etihad Airways.

The charity event aims to raise funds for the Green house project in Al Ain.

Venue: Abu Dhabi Corniche

Website: Event Page

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