Qatar to host FIFA Arab Cup in 2025, 2029 2033

BANGKOK: At the request of the Qatar Football Association, Qatar will host the FIFA Arab Cup in 2025, 2029 and 2033, which will follow the principle of an invitational competition not included in the International Match Calendar.

This was decided as the FIFA Council met in advance of the 74th FIFA Congress in Bangkok, Thailand, and adopted several key decisions, particularly in relation to the future of women’s football, for which the international match calendar was unanimously approved.

Additionally, following the FIFA Council’s decision in December 2022 to approve the strategic principle of introducing a FIFA Women’s Club World Cup and subsequent extensive consultation with the confederations and other stakeholders, it was proposed that the inaugural edition of the competition be contested by 16 teams in January-February 2026. The tournament will be held every four years. Further details will follow in due course.

To facilitate the continued global development of women’s clubs and based on requests from
the confederations to provide ample playing opportunities on a yearly basis, it was further proposed that an additional FIFA women’s club competition be organised in non-FIFA Women’s Club World Cup years as from 2027.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Generation Amazing Foundation Signs MoU With Saudi Sports For All Federation

Doha: Qatar, 14 May – The Generation Amazing Foundation (GA) on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA), based in Riyadh, on the sidelines of the 4th annual Qatar Economic Forum.

This landmark agreement aims to bolster education and development capacity between the two parties, expanding the scope of positive influence in schools, sports clubs, and communities.

HE Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy Hassan Al Thawadi, and SFA President HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, attended the signing ceremony to formalize the partnership.

The agreement, set to last for three years, between GA and the SFA spans various domains, including co-developing joint programs for students and communities. The GA will actively collaborate with the SFA in numerous upcoming events hosted by the Kingdom, to promote values and knowledge exchange among youth and the next generation.

The signing of the MoU solidifies the ongoing col
laboration between the two esteemed organizations, which commenced earlier this year with the 2024 Global Goals World Cup in Riyadh.

HE Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, and Chairman of the Council of GA, said that they are proud of this impactful partnership with the SFA, as we strive to integrate the values of sports and development into educational and community activities. This partnership reflects our shared commitment to promoting inclusivity, health, equality, and public welfare through sports, aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, SFA President, said that the two sides share a belief that sports can be used as a catalyst for positive change, and that both organizations are committed to empowering youth, fostering inclusivity, and nurturing communities.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Al Attiyah Looks Forward To Winning 41st Jordan International Rally

Qatari driver Nasser bin Saleh Al Attiyah looks forward to winning the Jordan International Rally title, which will start tomorrow, Thursday, in its 41st edition, which represents the second round of the Middle East Rally Championship for the 2024 season. It will be held over three days from May 16 to 18, with the participation of 29 crews representing eight countries.

Al Attiyah holds the record for the number of wins in the Jordan Rally (15 titles) out of 21 entries, and is seeking to win the 16th title.

The Jordan Rally stages this year include 15 special stages with a competitive distance of 223.96 kilometers on a combined route with a total distance of 532.39 kilometers.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Preparations for World Marathon At Lusail International Circuit Finalized

Doha: The Qatar Sports for All Federation has announced the completion of preparations for the launch of the “One Run for All” World Marathon, which will be held at 7:30 pm next Sunday at the Lusail International Circuit, in collaboration with the Qatar Athletics Federation and the Russian Embassy in the country. 1,500 male and female participants of all ages and categories will take part in the race.

This came in a press conference held Wednesday at the Lusail Sports Hall in the presence of the Race Organizing Committee.

The race features four distances divided between 1 km, 5 km, 10 km and 21 km, and it provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to spend an enjoyable sporting evening among family and friends who love running sports.

Abdullah Al Dosari, Head of Activities and Events at the Qatar Sports for All Federation, revealed the selection of 10 ambassadors, from practitioners and fans of running in Qatar, in order to encourage society to practice sports and increase the number of those pract
icing it.

Among the ambassadors of the global event are the champions of the Samla race, Abdulaziz Al-Tamimi and Faisal Al-Qahtani, in addition to Ali Saleh Al Hajri and Abdullah Al Thani, and the runner in international marathons, Ahmed Al Kuwari, who is considered one of the distinguished seniors in practicing running in Qatar, in addition to his success in Completing 6 international marathons.

He stressed that holding the race, which is being held for the first time in the State of Qatar, organized and sponsored by the Ministry of Sports and Youth, through the Qatar Sports for All Federation, comes as an embodiment of the belief in the importance of community sports, and taking advantage of the capabilities available to federations and clubs, including sports facilities, as well as the involvement of the society’s members, in events of an international nature, and organizing some distinguished sporting events in Qatar, noting that registration to participate will close on Saturday.

Source: Qatar News A

FIFA Council Approves Qatar’s Request to Host Arab Cup in 2025, 2029, 2033

The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) Council approved the State of Qatar’s request to host the next three editions of the Arab Cup in 2025, 2029 and 2033, at its 74th Congress in Bangkok, Thailand.

In a statement on its official website, the FIFA Council confirmed the approval of the Qatar Football Association’s (QFA) request for Qatar to host the three editions of the tournament again after its successful hosting of the 2021 edition. The Council also decided that the upcoming three editions will be held in December of the aforementioned years.

QFA had expressed interest in hosting the event under the umbrella of FIFA and the Arab Federation out of the Arab region’s need for such tournaments, in addition to the availability of success factors and integrated infrastructure to host tournaments in Qatar.

The State of Qatar enjoys a prominent global position in organizing sporting events and tournaments, the most prominent of which were the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in which 32 teams par
ticipated, the Asian Cup Qatar 2023 in January and February 2024, and the U-23 AFC Asian Cup.

FIFA had announced that Qatar will host five editions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup from 2025 to 2029, with the participation of 48 team for the first time in its history.

Qatar has an integrated sport infrastructure with a modern transportation network to smoothly facilitate the arrival of fans and attendance of matches, enabling fans to attend more than one match per day.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Dubai hosts ‘Premier Padel P1’ tournament in November

DUBAI: The Dubai Premier Padel P1 tournament has launched the first phase of ticketing for the inaugural landmark event, with organisers laying out an economic and community-driven vision for how the international showpiece will establish a legacy both for Dubai, and the sport’s ongoing growth regionally and internationally.

Following a multi-year hosting agreement between the UAE Padel Association (UAEPA), the Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), Dubai Sports Council (DSC), Premier Padel, and Dubai-based Gallop Global, the emirate will host its maiden event of the world’s only official professional padel tour from 3-10 November on six purpose-built courts at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium.

Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum, President of the UAEPA, said, ‘The launch of the Dubai Premier Padel P1 is a historic milestone for the sport, which has rapidly become popular in the UAE. It is testament to our commitment to nurturing the growth of this sport in this vibrant emirate and perfectly aligns
with Dubai Economic Agenda D33’s vision to establish the city as a global hub for premier sporting events and the world’s leading city to live, work and visit. We are pleased to be at the forefront of this movement by working closely with our strategic partners, including the Department of Economy and Tourism, to ensure the legacy of padel in Dubai extends far beyond the court.’

Dubai Premier Padel P1 is part of a 25-tournament season that visits 18 countries across five continents.

With the world’s best players obligated to compete in P1 events, the likes of Arturo Coello, Ariana Sanchez Fallada, Juan Lebron, Alejandro Galan, Agustin Tapia, Franco Stupaczuk, Beatriz Gonzalez, and Delfina Brea are set to be among a field of 320 players, with separate formats for male and female pairings. The accumulated prize pool for both categories is AED1.89 million (pound 470,000 euros).

Source: Emirates News Agency

33rd Al Gaffal 60ft Traditional Dhow Sailing Race postponed to reserve days

DUBAI: Due to sea conditions and wind patterns, the Higher Organising Committee of the 33rd Al Gaffal 60ft Traditional Dhow Sailing Race, has made the decision to postpone the race.

Originally scheduled for Wednesday, May 15th, 2024, the event will now take place on the two reserve days: Thursday and Friday.

The Committee announced that the condition of the sea, and the wind speeds and directions prompted it to postpone the event to the reserve days after careful study in order to ensure the success of the event and the safety of all participants.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Kazan in Russia to host 2024 BRICS Games in June

TATARSTAN: The Russian city of Kazan, capital of Tatarstan, will host the BRICS Games from 11th to 24th June. The international multi-sport event will bring together about 5,000 athletes from the BRICS countries and invited states. Bricsik the leopard has been chosen as the mascot of the Games.

BRICS, a multilateral forum of five nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – made the historic expansion recently with new member states such as the UAE, Iran, Egypt, and Ethiopia.

According to TV BRICS, the Games’ programme will include not only sports competitions and a meeting of BRICS sports ministers, but also a summit of partner ministers. Participants will compete for 380 sets of prizes in Kazan.

Participating countries

In the year of Russia’s chairmanship in BRICS, the large-scale competitions will be held in an open format – the prizes will be given not only to athletes from the BRICS member states, but other participants as well. The list of BRICS Games participants includes more than 50
countries, including Kazakhstan, Turkey, Mexico, Uruguay, Venezuela, Bahrain, Congo and others.

Commenting about the Games, sports expert Valery Krylov said, ‘The BRICS 2024 Sports Games will definitely go down not only in the history of sports cooperation between the countries of the bloc, but also in the history of international sports development. A summit of ministers and sports officials from the BRICS countries will be held in Kazan on 21st and 22nd June in an open format during the competition. It is possible that Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin will talk about a new format of their organisation and financing among important constructive proposals for further development of the Games.’

Sport events

In 2023, the participants of the Games in South Africa’s Durban competed in only six disciplines: tennis, badminton, swimming, table tennis, volleyball, and sports for people with mobility impairments. Around 450 athletes aged 19 to 21 from South Africa, Russia, China, India and Brazil competed back

In 2024, there will be 29 disciplines. The international competition in Kazan promises to be one of the most unconventional sporting events of the year. Among the traditional disciplines, there will also be unusual ones, emphasising the cultural diversity of the BRICS countries.

The competition programme also includes acrobatic rock and roll, breaking, karate, table tennis, diving, artistic gymnastics, fencing, rhythmic gymnastics, beach volleyball, beach handball, canoeing, badminton, equestrian sport, tennis, basketball, football, boxing, rowing, synchronised swimming, weightlifting, heavy and light athletics, wrestling, and chess.

Sergey Skorokhodov, an expert in Brazilian culture, commented, “One of the features of these Games is that in addition to the traditional Olympic disciplines, the organisers of the event have included acrobatic rock ‘n’ roll, breaking, basketball and football double-header, for example. This points to Russia’s desire to expand the boundaries of sport through integration
with culture, music and art.”

He added, ‘Russia has a great successful experience of organising and hosting major sporting events. Earlier this year, the Future Games were held in Kazan, and the Friendship Games are scheduled for September. The BRICS Games are yet another fact confirming that Russia is a sporting power.’

The host government has already prepared a draft decree on payments to Russian winners and medallists of the BRICS Games. According to the document, gold medal winners will receive 358,400 rubles (US$3028) each, silver medallists – 179,200 rubles (US$1964), and bronze medallists 107,500 rubles (US$1178).

Organisation of Games

In May 2023, Vladimir Putin instructed to submit proposals for the organisation of the BRICS Games. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin was put in charge. In September 2023, it became known that the Ministry of Finance allocated 1.29 billion rubles (US$14 138) for the event.

At a forum named “We are together. Sport”, which was held in Moscow in mid-April, the competiti
on venues of the Games were revealed. One of them is in Moscow and 17 are in Kazan.

In Kazan, the venues will be the Central Stadium, Kazan Tennis Academy, Boxing and Table Tennis Centre, Aquatics Palace, “Ak Bars” Wrestling Palace, “B. Rameev IT Park” Technopark for High Technologies, Gymnastics Centre, Rowing Sports Centre, Beach Sports Centre, LDS “Tatneft Arena”, “URAM” Youth Extreme Park, Volleyball Centre, “Kazan Expo”, Badminton Centre, “Tulpar” Sports Complex, and “Burevestnik” Sports Complex.

The closing ceremony of the Games will be held on the national Tatar holiday Sabantui, which will give representatives of foreign countries an opportunity to learn the rich traditions of one of Russia’s regions.

Source: Emirates News Agency

UAE School Games set for thrilling finale at Expo City Dubai 18 May

DUBAI: The UAE School Games are all set for an exhilarating finale on May 18 with the spotlight turning to the Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC) at Expo City Dubai where the most accomplished athletes from various school contingents will vie for podium places.

Organised under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Second Deputy Ruler of Dubai and President of the UAE National Olympic Committee, the finals of the first official edition of the Games will be attended by Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of Education, Chairman of the General Authority of Sports, and President of the UAE School and University Sports Federation.

The UAE School and Sports Federation is organising the event in partnership with the General Authority of Sports (GAS), besides various sports federations, and federal and local authorities. The tournament is sponsored by Etisalat eand, which is the gold sponsor, and features 2,500 students from 350 schools across the country competing for top honours.

event will pit the best sporting talent from schools nationwide against one another across ten disciplines including football, athletics, swimming, shooting, archery, badminton, fencing, judo, taekwondo, and jiu-jitsu. Senior officials from both the sports and educational sectors in the country are expected to be in attendance during the finals of the UAE School Games 2024.

Dr. Al Falasi said, ‘The UAE School Games aim to enhance the sporting culture among our students and inspire a competitive sporting environment that enables us to discover and develop promising talents with the goal of shaping Emirati champions who can represent the UAE on the international stage in line with the vision and future-focused world-view of our leadership. A sporting programme developed on strong foundations right from the school level can only bring greater success for the UAE at the international level and help realise the objectives of the National Sports Strategy 2031.

‘Holding the first official edition of the School Gam
es reflects the leadership’s keenness to instil a sporting culture and spirit of professionalism in young minds and encourage them to make sports an integral part of their lives, thereby directly benefiting the sports sector in the country while also inspiring the community to embrace an active lifestyle. Sporting activities at the school level serve as the nucleus of professional sporting careers and help raise awareness in young minds about the importance of sports and physical activity as a means of promoting physical and mental health and well-being for all.

Intense sporting matchups apart, the schedule of events is geared to ensure a lively and entertaining atmosphere for families and friends too. The ultimate objective is to foster a sporting culture within the larger community and inspire participation in sporting activities across diverse segments of society. A dedicated fan zone will offer a range of live and e-games suitable for all age groups, exciting rewards, and food carts catering to different
palates. The event has been planned in such a way as to deliver an outstanding experience for all attendees right through the competitions.

The School Games is committed to broadening the scope of sports within schools and fostering a competitive sporting culture aimed at identifying and nurturing young talent early. The ultimate objective is to discover Emirati champions who can proudly represent the UAE on the global stage, including the Olympic Games. This effort is in line with the goals and missions outlined in the National Sports Strategy 2031 to ensure the nation’s sporting ambitions are well served in the long run.

In a multi-sport format designed for students aged 13 to 17, the School Games are organised across three levels, beginning with specialised training programmes customised for students who take an interest in various sporting disciplines. Following on from this, regional competitions are held in each emirate, which ultimately culminate in national-level competitions where participants comp
ete at the highest level.

The Games provide a platform to promote the active involvement of school students across the UAE in sporting pursuits from an early age and represent a concerted effort involving the UAE School and University Sports Federation, educational institutions, and various other sports bodies. Operating under the oversight of the General Authority of Sports, the aim is to boost wider participation in sports, foster the development of budding Emirati athletes, and strengthen the nation’s presence on the sporting stage at the regional, continental, and global levels.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Inaugural Special Olympics Gulf Badminton competition concludes in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI: The inaugural Special Olympics Gulf Badminton Competition – Abu Dhabi 2024, concluded with an awarding ceremony, held at Khalifa University.

The event, held between May 9 to 12, was organised as a collaboration between Special Olympics Middle East and North Africa and Special Olympics UAE.

Abdullah Al Nubi, Special Olympics Oman, secured the gold medal in the men’s competition in Division One; Hassan Ali Al Blooshi, Special Olympics UAE, secured the gold medal in Division Two, while Mahmoud Ghaloum, Special Olympics Bahrain, topped Division Three.

In the women’s competition, Shahad Abdullah, Special Olympics Saudi Arabia, won gold medal in Division One, while Sheikha Al-Hindi, Special Olympics Kuwait and Zakia Ahmed Abbas, Special Olympics UAE, secured the gold across Division Two and Three, respectively.

In the double’s competitions, Abdullah Al Noubi and Fawaz Faraj, Special Olympics Oman, won gold for Division One, while Hassan Ali Al Blooshi and Zayed Ali Al Kaabi, Special Olympics UAE topp
ed Division Two.

In the women’s doubles competition, Zakia Ahmed Abbas and Zuleikha Ghareeb Al Mansouri, Special Olympics UAE, took the gold.

Talal Al Hashemi, National Director of the SOUAE, said: ‘We were pleased to host six Special Olympics delegations from across the Gulf, and feel proud of the success achieved by the Special Olympics Gulf badminton competition, which was organized for the first time and hosted by the UAE. I congratulate the medal winners, even though I believe that the real win was in the meeting of these athletes that proved that with determination and persistence we can achieve miracles.’

Al Hashemi added: ‘I extend my thanks to all Special Olympics UAE partners for their valuable contribution to the success of the competition, especially Special Olympics Middle East and North Africa, the World Badminton Federation and the Emirates Badminton Federation, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, and Khalifa University, who have been instrumental in this success. We look forward to more competiti
ons that contribute to the inclusion of PODs into their communities and promote sports in general.’

Delegations from Special Olympics programs in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, and the UAE participated in the competition, which was hosted by the UAE for the first time. On the final day, the winners were awarded and honored by Mohammed Al Nuaimi, member of the Board of Trustees of the Special Olympics UAE and Special Olympics UAE is preparing for the next World Winter Games, which will be hosted in Turin, Italy, from March 8 to 16, 2025. More than 2,500 men and women athletes from around the world are set to participate in Turin 2025.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Omar Al Marzooqi clinches Grand Prix Show Jumping title at Montefalco Championship, Italy

ROME: Omar Abdul Aziz Al Marzooqi, UAE Show Jumping Team member, clinched the CSI4* 1.55m Grand Prix title at the Montefalco Championship in Italy.

The championship took place from 8th to 12th May, with the participation of 47 riders representing most countries.

Al Marzooqi excelled with his 10-year-old stallion, ‘Enjoy de la Mure’, over jumps at the height of 155 centimetres.

With the result, the Emirati team continues to achieve positive results in Italian championships as part of its current training camp while preparing to participate in the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Fatima bint Hazza bin Zayed inaugurates new headquarters of Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy

ABU DHABI: Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak (The Mother of the Nation), Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood (SCMC), and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, has inaugurated the new headquarters of the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy in Abu Dhabi. The new headquarters is located between Erth Abu Dhabi Hotel and Abu Dhabi Ladies Club, opposite Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, covering a total area of approximately 13,870 square metres.

The inauguration of the new headquarters comes within the framework of embodying the wise leadership’s vision towards creating an ideal sports environment that encourages women’s participation in sports and motivates them to lead a healthy lifestyle.

The academy aims to support H.H. Sheikha Fatima’s vision to support women
to enhance their roles, elevate their status, and improve and enrich their lifestyles by engaging in various sports, cultural, and social activities.

Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, President of Abu Dhabi Ladies Club, and President of Al Ain Ladies Club, expressed her deepest gratitude and appreciation to the Mother of the Nation for her support in empowering women and supporting their journeys, commending H.H. Sheikha Fatima’s contributions behind the achievements made by Emirati women.

Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan emphasised that the new headquarters of the academy represents an architectural sports masterpiece added to the sports facilities in Abu Dhabi, and a pride of the modern urban architecture with a distinguished character. The academy aims to be a leading hub in the course of developing women’s sports movement.

Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan emphasised the importan
ce of sports as a vital element in building society and spreading happiness and positivity in life, considering that sports are not just recreational and healthy activities, but a lifestyle that disciplines individuals.

The new building consists of indoor and outdoor sports facilities, administrative offices, and a seminar hall that can accommodate up to 100 people. The indoor facilities of the academy include a squash court, fencing hall, aerobics hall, martial arts hall, as well as a sports hall for volleyball, basketball, and handball.

The building also houses the library of the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy for sports research. The outdoor facilities include an international football field, an outdoor running track, and two padel courts.

The building features the latest equipment, and smart operating systems that aim to meet the highest standards of quality, security, safety, and environmental sustainability, as well as the conservation of multiple energy resources.

Source: Emirates News