Qatari National Team Qualify for Quarter-finals of Asian Volleyball Challenge Cup


Manama, The Qatari volleyball team defeated its Indonesian counterpart 3-0 in the match that was held Tuesday, within the third group competitions of the Asian Volleyball Challenge Cup, currently being held in Bahrain until June 10.

The Qatari team won (25-17, 25-15, and 25-17) to come second in their group with four points and ensuring qualification to the quarter-finals in the tournament.

The Qatari national team squad participating in the tournament includes 14 players, led by Argentine coach Camilo Soto. They are set to meet on Thursday in the quarter-finals, leading the first group that includes the Bahrain, Philippines and China teams, whose matches will conclude this evening.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Novak Djokovic Forced to Withdraw from French Open with Knee Injury


Paris, Defending champion Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the French Open due to a knee injury.

The world number one suffered the injury to his right knee during his five-set win over Francisco Cerundolo on Monday.

Djokovic revealed after the match that he would undergo a scan on Tuesday to determine whether he would be able to continue at the tournament. The MRI scan has subsequently shown the 37-year-old tore the medial meniscus in his right knee, forcing him out of the grand slam.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Fifth, Sixth Round of AFC Joint Qualifiers to Take Place June 6, 11


Kuala Lumpur, The Preliminary Joint Qualification, Round 2 for the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027 will conclude in the coming days with Matchdays Five and Six to be played on June 6 and 11.

Six of the slots for the next phase of the FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers were filled after Matchday Four in March, with Australia, Iraq, Islamic Republic of Iran, Qatar, Uzbekistan and United Arab Emirates confirming their spots, which also meant tickets to the AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027 Finals.

That leaves only 12 places available for the third round of the FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers – which will offer eight confirmed spots to the Finals with an additional berth available through a playoff, according to AFC report posted on its website.

Only 12 Asian nations have appeared at the FIFA World Cup Finals but with the continent having a confirmed allocation of eight for the 48-team global showpiece in 2026, the door is open for new faces to take their place among the globe’s best when the
United States, Canada and Mexico co-host the tournament.

Korea Republic are seeking an 11th consecutive and 12th overall appearance at the FIFA World Cup, with Japan – at seven – the second highest team in terms of participation. Australia, Islamic Republic of Iran and Saudi Arabia have featured in the Finals five times each.

The 18 teams who do not advance to the third round of the FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers will instead challenge for the remaining six AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027 places. Joining them in final round of the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers will be Bhutan, Maldives, Laos and the victors from the playoffs between Sri Lanka and Cambodia, Timor-Leste and Mongolia and Brunei Darussalam and Macau.

Four of Asia’s six representatives at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 have already confirmed their third round spots in the 2026 qualifiers, with Korea Republic and Saudi Arabia the odd ones out. Both teams, however, will be confident of confirming their tickets over the next two matchdays. Asia’s other r
epresentatives at the 2022 Finals were Australia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan and hosts Qatar.

Qatar (Group A), Japan (Group B), Iraq (Group F), United Arab Emirates (Group H) and Australia (Group I) will head into the final two matchdays determined to maintain their perfect records, having each won their previous four matches.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Qatari Beach Volleyball Team Ranks 15th in FIVB World Ranking


Lausanne, The Qatari men’s beach volleyball team (Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan) ranked 15th in the Federation Internationale de Volleyball’s (FIVB) World Ranking revealed Monday.

During their latest participation in world championships and tours during the past period, the Qatari team managed to garner 5,800 points in total.

The Swedish team (David Ahman and Jonatan Hellvig) top the FIVB World Ranking with 8,140 points, followed in second place by the Brazilian team (George Wanderley and Andre Stein) with 7,640 points.

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Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Jiu-Jitsu Championship launched, with prizes totalling AED1.5 million


ABU DHABI: The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) has announced the launch of the Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Jiu-Jitsu Championship, which aims to further promote sporting excellence and strengthen the UAE’s position on the global sports stage. The competitions comprise five rounds for the 2024 season, to take place in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Fujairah, across kids, youth, adults and masters categories (4-30+ years old).

The championship offers a prize pool of more than AED1.5 million, recognising the commitment and hard work of participants across the various age groups. It will encourage them towards further excellence, fostering a dedication to physical fitness and nurturing a new generation of champions empowered to pursue further achievements globally.

The federation unveiled the Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Jiu-Jitsu Championship at a press conference held at the ADNEC Centre Abu Dhabi in the presence of Abdulmunem Alsayed Mohammed Alhashmi, Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation; Aref Hamad A
l Awani, Secretary-General of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC); Mansour Al Ketbi, Deputy Chief Corporate and Human Capital Officer at Mubadala Investment Company; Bushra Abdullah Al Shehhi, Chief Human Resources Officer at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and Chairman of Kawader; and Dr. Abdulraheem Ibrahim Al Nuaimi, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Abu Dhabi Media Network.

Abdulmunem Alsayed Mohammed Alhashmi expressed his gratitude and appreciation to President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and H.H. Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, for their commitment to further enhancing the national sports landscape and providing the resources to nurture a generation of champions who will continue to build on the UAE’s achievements and further enhance its standing in global sports.

Alhashmi highlighted that the launch of the Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Jiu-Jitsu Championship marks another milestone in the UAE
‘s history of achievements in organising and hosting local, regional, and international sporting events. He added that the commendable results and achievements of the UAE in jiu-jitsu are the direct result of the unwavering support from the leadership.

Alhashmi said, ‘The championship aims to continue promoting the culture of jiu-jitsu in the community, instilling its noble values among the youth, providing a competitive environment that supports the development of the sport, and nurturing promising talents capable of continuing the national legacy of sports achievements. It also encourages community participation, contributing to building a strong generation that adopts sports as a lifestyle.’

For his part, ADSC Secretary-General Al Awani said, ‘Today, we are thrilled to announce a new championship to add to the lineup of local and international jiu-jitsu events, aiming to build on the UAE’s past achievements in the realm of jiu-jitsu.

‘The Abu Dhabi Sports Council is proud to be part of this wonderful jo
urney, providing comprehensive support and assistance and believing in the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s capability to make this tournament a success, elevate it to the highest standards of excellence and creativity, and achieve its goals in discovering new talent capable of raising the UAE flag high at international events in the future.’

The competitions will include three rounds for the Gi (suits) category and two for no-Gi (non-suits) category and will offer clubs and athletes the opportunity to compete for medals, cash prizes and ultimately the championship title and cup in the final round in December according to a comprehensive ranking system devised for the event, dependent on competitors’ performance and club results across all rounds. This system ensures fair competition and equal recognition, allowing athletes across different belt and weight categories to compete in an exceptional environment that highlights each participant’s skills.

The Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Jiu-Jitsu Championship will att
ract widespread participation from various segments of society, promising a competitive environment and significant fan attendance. The championship will involve a large number of families who believe in the role of jiu-jitsu in building and refining young peoples’ character by instilling the values of sportsmanship, self-confidence, tolerance and respect. The championship is an integrated sports event that combines a professional sports environment with a unique atmosphere of culture and entertainment.

Source: Emirates News Agency

UAE President welcomes Al Wasl Football Club to celebrate winning President’s Cup and ADNOC Pro League


ABU DHABI: President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan today welcomed the Al Wasl Football Club at Qasr Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi, celebrating their victory in the President’s Cup for the third time and the ADNOC Pro League Championship for the 2023-2024 season, marking the eighth time in the club’s history.

During the meeting, His Highness congratulated the players, the team’s coach, the administrative and technical staff, and all the club’s supporters for their efforts throughout the season, which culminated in these achievements.

His Highness also expressed his appreciation to all the teams that participated in the league and the President’s Cup, praising their performance and high level of sportsmanship and competitiveness, which enhance football in the UAE and contribute to its sporting record on the local, regional, and global levels.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan reaffirmed the leadership’s commitment to developing the sports sector as part of the country’s aim to achieve
top positions in various sports competitions regionally and internationally. He highlighted the importance of nurturing outstanding talents in various sports and investing in them for the nation’s present and future benefit.

The team’s players and administrative and technical staff expressed their gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, underscoring their appreciation for the attention given to the sports sector in general and football in particular by His Highness in efforts to enhance the sector’s performance and outcomes.

The meeting was attended by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Court; H.H. Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi; H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region; H.H. Sheikh Saif bin Mohammed Al Nahyan; H.H. Sheikh Suroor bin Mohammed Al Nahyan; H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Tr
ustees of the Zayed Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation; H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior; H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Zayed Al Nahyan; H.H. Sheikh Khalid bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination (ZHO); 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 Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence; Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Adviser for Special Affairs at the Presidential Court, and a number of sheikhs, UAE senior officials and citizens.

Source: Emirates News Agency