Qatar Beach Handball Team to Face US Counterpart in World Tournament

The International Handball Federation (IHF) has revealed the match schedule of the 11th IHF Men’s and Women’s Beach Handball World Championships that will be staged in Pingtan Island, China, from June 18-23.

Being listed on Group D, the Qatari Men’s team is slated to face US on June 18 and Uruguay on June 19 in the second match prior to confronting Germany in the same day.

Group A comprises Australia, Oman, Denmark, and Hungary, with Group B including Tunisia, Spain, China, and Brazil, and Group C Puerto Rico, Portugal, Argentina, and Croatia.

The top three teams from each group in the preliminary round will qualify for the main round of the tournament. This is the seventh participation of Qatar in the world championship after Turkiye’s edition 2010 in which Qatar ranked 10th and 7th in Oman edition.

Qatar achieved a remarkable milestone after being ranked 3rd in Brazil edition in 2014, as well as Hungary edition in 2016, 9th in Russia edition 2018 and 5th in Greece edition 2022.

Source: Qatar News Agen

French Open 2024: Swiatek wins third successive title

PARIS: Dominating the French Open final, Iga Swiatek, the world number one, cemented her reign on Saturday, June 8th.

She dispatched Jasmine Paolini, a first-time Grand Slam finalist from Italy, in straight sets (6-2, 6-1) to claim her third consecutive Roland Garros title. This victory marks Swiatek’s fourth Grand Slam crown in just five years at the Parisian tournament.

Swiatek remains undefeated in Grand Slam finals, extending her perfect record to five with a dominant victory at the French Open. Her previous triumph came at the 2022 US Open.

Swiatek now joins an elite group of women – Justine Henin, Chris Evert, and Steffi Graf – who have hoisted the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen four times in the Open era. She’s also only the third player, following Henin (2005-2007) and Monica Seles (early 1990s), to win the French Open three consecutive years. At just 23, Swiatek matches the legendary Rafael Nadal’s Roland Garros title count at the same age, showcasing her immense talent and potential.

Source: Emirates Ne
ws Agency

Special Olympics UAE signs MoUs with 11 sports federations, healthcare institutions

ABU DHABI: The Special Olympics UAE signed 11 memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with national institutions and private sector companies to establish a supportive and inclusive environment for People of Determination with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

This came on the second day of the games which were kicked off at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) on Friday, with nationwide participation of over 600 athletes from across the UAE.

The competitions for men and women in six sports include badminton, basketball, bowling, football, e-sports, and powerlifting.

On the second day of the Games, Special Olympics UAE announced the establishment of ‘The Abu Dhabi Determination Cycling Team”, in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Cycling Club, to encourage cycling among People of Determination with intellectual and developmental challenges, and building their capacities for participation in national, regional and international competitions.

The MoUs were signed with UAE Football Association
; Emirates Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation; Emirates Bowling Federation; UAE Badminton Federation; UAE Basketball Association; UAE e-Sports Federation; Emirates Society of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine; Jam Sports Academy; Burjeel Medical City; Millennium Hospital; and The Social Media Pioneers Association.

Talal Al Hashemi, National Director, Special Olympics UAE, said, ‘The UAE Games is gaining momentum through the strength of partnerships that we forge to support People of Determination with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are delighted with this significant presence of national sports federations and associations and health sector institutions. Today, Special Olympics UAE has signed ten agreements that represent strategic steps towards establishing a comprehensive UAE-wide sports ecosystem to integrate People of Determination; one in which every organization can contribute to meaningfully.’

Mohamed Hazzam Al Dhaheri, UAE FA General Secretary, said, ‘We are proud of the depth o
f our relations with Special Olympics UAE, and of the UAE Football Association’s contribution to its work nationwide. Football is the world’s favourite sport, and we believe that the world must open its arms to People of Determination. Sport provides an important platform to achieve this inclusion. We look forward to more joint initiatives and congratulate Special Olympics UAE on the success of the first UAE Games.’

Safeer Ahmed, Chief Operating Officer, Burjeel Holdings, said, ‘At Burjeel, we are committed to the dignity and inclusion of people of determination. The principles and standards of the Special Olympics UAE align perfectly with our vision, making us natural partners. We look forward to this partnership, welcoming people of determination and spreading the message of inclusion to ensure they receive the necessary privileges across the UAE and beyond.’

Source: Emirates News Agency

Tunisia hosts second leg of UAE President’s Cup World Series for Purebred Arabian Horses on Sunday

CARTHAGE: Qasr Al Said racecourse in Tunisia is hosting tomorrow, Sunday, the first Arabian rounds and the second stop of the 31st edition of the UAE President’s Cup World Series for Purebred Arabian Horses.

This event is held in line with the UAE’s commitment to preserving the Arabian horse heritage and enhancing its presence among generations.

The race series are being held with the support and guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Court, to leverage the stature of the Arabian Horse, preserve its authentic heritage, and support plans for its care in all countries, in line with the vision and approach of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

The programme for the new edition in 2024 involves 15 races, nine of which are held in European tracks, five in Arab tracks, and one in the US.

Twenty horses representing the elite of Arab stables in Tunisia will contest the G1 2000-meter race, dedicated for horses of
4 years and above.

Faisal Al Rahmani, General Supervisor of the President’s Cup World Series for Purebred Arabian Horses, said, ‘After the strong start and great successes of the Cup race in France, our racing compass is heading towards the first Arab station this year through Tunisia, which has a strong presence in the equine industry.’

Source: Emirates News Agency

UAE President receives Al Ain Football Club team following their AFC Champions League victory

ABU DHABI: President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan welcomed the Al Ain Football Club team, along with their administrative and technical staff, at Qasr Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi today, to celebrate their victory in the 2024 AFC Champions League.

During the meeting, His Highness congratulated the players, coach, administrative and technical staff, fans, and the board of directors on their historic achievement, which marked the club’s second triumph in the competition’s history.

He commended the team’s exceptional performance throughout the tournament, highlighting their high level of competitiveness, determination, and strong will to win.

His Highness expressed his appreciation for all the efforts that contributed to the team’s success in representing the UAE and achieving victory.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed encouraged the team to maintain their winning streak and high standards, emphasising that any achievement by national teams enhances the overall reputation of UAE sports, partic
ularly football, and inspires further sporting accomplishments in the future.

The players expressed their appreciation for the support and attention given by His Highness the President to the sports and youth sector in the country. They affirmed that Al Ain Football Club’s achievement is a result of His Highness’ support for the sports sector and athletes in the UAE.

They noted that this support places a significant responsibility on them to continue delivering their best to achieve results and elevate the UAE’s presence on the regional and international stages.

Commemorative photos were taken of His Highness with the players, club officials, committee members, and sponsors.

The meeting was attended by H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Ruler of Abu Dhabi, First Vice President of Al Ain Sports and Cultural Club, First Vice President of the Honoury Council, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Club; H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of the Presidential
Court for Development and Fallen Heroes’ Affairs; H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Advisor for Special Affairs at the Presidential Court, and Sheikh Sultan bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Club and Chairman of the Executive Committee to manage the affairs of Al Ain Football Club Company and supervise its operations, and a number of the club’s officials.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Inaugural Special Olympics UAE Games 2024 kick off

ABU DHABI: The inaugural Special Olympics UAE Games kicked off at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), with nationwide participation of over 600 athletes from across the UAE. The Games will run from 7th to 10th June, as athletes compete in six different sports: bowling, badminton, basketball, football, powerlifting, and e-sports.

The opening ceremony was held in the presence of Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE Sailing and Rowing Federation, Mohammed Abdullah Al Junaibi, Chairman of the Federal Protocol and Strategic Narrative Authority, Ghanim Mubarak Al Hajeri, Director-General for the General Authority of Sports, Dr. Noura Khamis Al Ghaithi, Under-Secretary of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, Ayman Abdel Wahab, Regional President of Special Olympics Middle East and North Africa, and Arif Al Awani, Secretary-General of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, and Abdullah Al-Humaidan, General Secretary of Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination, and Talal
Al Hashemi, National Director, Special Olympics UAE, as well as senior representatives of Special Olympics MENA, Special Olympics UAE, the Department of Community Development, the sports councils of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, the General Sports Authority, the National Olympics Committee and various national sports federations, and featured participating athletes’ parade and the lighting of the UAE Games torch.

Participating athletes hail from People of Determination clubs and centres from across the Emirates, including Abu Dhabi Club for People of Determination, Al Ain Club for People of Determination, Dubai Club for People of Determination, Al Thiqah Club for Disabled, Ajman Club for the Disabled, Ras Al Khaimah Centre for People of Determination, Khorfakkan Club for the Disabled, Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services, Heroes of Hope, Emirates Down Syndrome Association, Ras Al Khaimah for Welfare and Rehabilitation Centre for People of Determination, Dubai Club for People of Determination, Fujairah Cent
re for People of Determination, Dibba Al Fujairah Centre For Care And Rehabilitation Of People With Disabilities, Al Noor Rehabilitation and Welfare Association for People of Determination, and the various local centres operated by Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination across Abu Dhabi emirate.

Talal Al Hashemi, National Director of Special Olympics UAE and Chairman of the UAE Games, reflected on the success of the Unified Schools UAE Games, which took place from 21st to 22nd May, commenting: ‘Following the tremendous success of the Unified Schools UAE Games, we are proud to mark the official launch of the second phase of this landmark event for clubs and centres for People of Determination. These remarkable athletes personify resilience, they continue to inspire us all and demonstrate the power of sports to drive inclusion and unity. Through their participation in the Special Olympics UAE Games, we encourage them to develop their skills, build lasting friendships, and celebrate the success o
f their dedication and teamwork.’

He continued, ‘We are thankful for the guidance of ourleadership that emphasises the significance of results-orientated efforts to empower People of Determination with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are also grateful for the contributions and support of our sponsors and partners including Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre (ADNEC) for hosting the Games, Integrated Transport Centre, Abu Dhabi Police, as well as Burjeel Group and Appolonia Dentistry for Children, for providing valuable support to the Healthy Athletes screenings. Today, along with our partners, we continue to establish the UAE’s position as a global leader in empowering People of Determination across all sectors, namely the sports and healthcare sectors. We also thank all the coaches, medical staff, technical staff, caregivers, and family members of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.’

Health Screenings with 160 doctors and medical volunteers

The UAE Games will include
several complementary activities from the Special Olympics UAE Health Program. A health screening will be made available to all participating athletes, and it covers feet and hearing health, oral and dental health, mental health, and eye checks, which are managed by more than 160 doctors and medical volunteers from across the UAE, in collaboration with more than 20 partners in the healthcare sector.

Doctors from the UAE, Kuwait, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Sultanate of Oman and Algeria will participate in a training session, in collaboration with Special Olympics MENA, to equip them with the knowledge to make accommodations and modifications and increase their ability to deliver compassionate healthcare to People of Determination with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Community Events

The UAE Games includes several complimentary activities taking place alongside the primary competitions. These activities, made possible by the support of our partners, include various sports activities open t
o community participation, which aim to maximise unified engagement and experiences.

Community-wide sports activities include bowling activations, in collaboration with the Ministry of Community Development’s Centres for People of Determination, in addition to basketball and football activities, held in collaboration with Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination, as well as unified experiences organised by Jam Academy.

Local Golisano Health Leadership Awards 2024

During the UAE Games, the winners of the highly acclaimed Local Golisano Health Leadership Award will be announced. This award represents the highest accolade offered by Special Olympics for organisations that contribute to the expansion of inclusive and compassionate healthcare across the country. The Golisano Health Leadership Award is also the most prestigious award across the inclusive health sector and Special Olympics International on a global scale.

Strategic Partnerships across the Private and Public Sector

In partnership wi
th local sports federations and Councils across Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah, the inaugural Special Olympics UAE Games aims to showcase the role of sports in furthering the inclusion of People of Determination into the community.

The Games have received nationwide support from key local organisations including ADNOC; strategic health sponsor, Aldar Properties; sponsoring the low abilities activation, Integrated Transportation Centre; key transportation provider, Nedaa; logistics service provider, UAE Badminton Federation; providing badminton courts for the Games, Emirates Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation; providing sports equipment, as well as key health partners, such as Appolonia Dentistry for Children, and SEHA, who are contributing to the Healthy Athletes screenings. This is in addition to entities that have made significant contributions on an organisational level, such as Emirati Marshalls, who are providing volunteer support on the ground.

Source: Emirates News Agency