UAE Team Emirates’ Pogacar triumphs on Queen stage of Giro D’Italia


SONDRIO: Tadej Pogacar and UAE Team Emirates continued to leave their mark at the Giro D’Italia, taking home the queen stage of the race from Manerba del Garda to Livigno (222km).

After tireless work in the valleys from his teammates, the Slovenian went clear on the penultimate first-category climb of the Passo di Foscagno, catching all the riders of the large early breakaway, with Nairo Quintana (Movistar) being the last to be brought back at -2km.

Pogacar said, ‘Today was one of the best days. I would not say that it was the best day of my career, but it was a really nice stage, really good route, nice climbs. The team did a super good job. We had this stage in mind since December. I’m super happy that we kept it under control. It was a really strong breakaway, but I gave it my all in the 10 or 15km.

“We had to be smart all day – we couldn’t let the break go too much and then we spoke on the last climb with the guys. Rafa did a super good job after the switchback with a tailwind, so everyone suffered on
the wheel. I just tried to keep continuing, and I hoped for the gap, and then I opened the gap and continued to the top.’

The riders will now take a well-earned rest on Monday before another challenging stage from Livigno to Santa Cristina Valgardena (Monte Pana) (206km).

Source: Emirates News Agency

Inaugural UAE Games for People of Determination begins tomorrow: Special Olympics UAE


ABU DHABI: Special Olympics UAE announced that the inaugural UAE Games for People of Determination will begin tomorrow in Abu Dhabi. More than 1,000 athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities, students of determination, unified partners, coaches, technical staff and supervisory teams will participate in the event, the organisers said at a press conference today at Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy in Abu Dhabi.

The UAE Games will comprise two flagship events. The first is the Unified Schools UAE Games, which will include football and badminton for boys and girls, in various age categories, and will be organised on 21st and 22nd May, with the participation of 400 students. The second event is the UAE Games for People of Determination’s clubs and centres, which will be held from 7th to 10th June, and will include competitions in six sports: badminton, basketball, bowling, football, e-sports and powerlifting. This event will witness the participation of more than 600 athletes with intelle
ctual and developmental disabilities from across the UAE, along with their coaches and other technical and supervisory teams. Both events will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

The UAE Games is organised in close collaboration with several sports federations, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Dubai Sports Council and Sharjah Sports Council.

Talal Al Hashemi, National Director of Special Olympics UAE and Chairman of the UAE Games Organising Committee, commented that the inaugural Games build on the enduring legacy of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. “In line with the vision of our wise leadership that recognises the importance of making sustainable efforts to empower People of Determination, and provide them with all tools and means to fulfill their aspirations, we are delighted to announce the organisation of the first-ever UAE Games.

‘We are keen to apply the best international practices and provide a platform for athletes with developmental and intellectual challeng
es to demonstrate their abilities and compete in a positive and empowering environment, that allows them to communicate and form friendships. Additionally, the games will enable Special Olympics UAE to assess athletes and use the insights generated for future planning and development plans, that Special Olympics UAE will collaborate with the People of Determination’s clubs and centres on executing in the future.’

The UAE Games will bring together all People of Determination’s clubs and centres to celebrate the powers of inclusive sports, including the Abu Dhabi Club for People of Determination, Al Ain Club for People of Determination, Dubai Club for People of Determination, Al Thiqa Club for the Disabled, Ajman Club for People of Determination, Ras Al Khaimah Club for People of Determination, Khor Fakkan Club for the Disabled, Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services, Dubai Centre for People of Determination, Fujairah Centre for People of Determination, and Dibba Centre for People of Determination.

Other comm
unity organisations and groups that will participate in the UAE Games include Heroes of Hope, Emirates Down Syndrome Association, Al Noor Centre for People with Disabilities, and other centres affiliated with the Zayed Higher Organisation in Abu Dhabi.

To maximise community engagement and participation, several complementary sports and health activities will be organised by Special Olympics UAE and its partners to coincide with the UAE Games, these include athletes’ health screenings, Part of Special Olympics UAE’s Healthy Athletes Programme, and are sponsored by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and delivered in partnership with Apollonia Dental Centre, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), and Samaya Specialised Hospital.

Recreational sports activities, organised for unified partners and members of the community, to foster wider community participation will include football and basketball, organised by Zayed Higher Organisation and Jam Academy.

Organising the UAE Games is a multi-stakeholde
r effort, led by Special Olympics UAE and in coordination with the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), the Emirati Marshals Programme, and the Emirates School Establishment.

The UAE Games is supported by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), sponsor of the Special Olympics UAE Health Programme, Aldar Properties, sponsor of the recreational basketball events, and the Integrated Transport Centre -Department of Municipalities and Transport, which provided transportation and logistical support.

Additional specialised services and support were provided by the Professional Communications Corporation (Nedaa), the UAE Badminton Federation, and the Emirates Body Building Federation.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Qadsia against Salmiya for Amir Football Cup


Qadsia football team will play against Salmiya team on Tuesday for the final of the 2023-24 season of Amir Football Cup in Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium.

Qadsia qualified for the final after defeating Al-Arabi with a score of (2-1) while Salmiya qualified after defeating Al-Tadamon (3-0) in the semi-final matches.

Croatian coach of Salmiya Club Ante Misha said in the press conference for the final match on Monday that Qadsia is ready for this long awaited match and that he will do everything to win the cup.

For his part, coach of Qadsia Club Dr. Mohammad Al-Anazi said that tomorrow’s match will be difficult and that he knows the strength of Salmiya club, the keys to the game, points that can affect his team, and that Qadsia must play a perfect match to win.

The tournament was held 61 times before this season, with Kuwait, Qadsia and Al-Arabi each winning the title 16 times, Kazma 8 times, while Salmiya and Yarmouk each won it twice and Al-Fahaheel once.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Kuwait’s Al-Rajhi 5th in 400m final at Kobe Para Athletics Championships


Kuwait’s national team player Faisal Al-Rajhi finished fifth in the men’s 400 meters T54 final, at the Para Athletics World Championships, Monday.

He clocked 46.78 seconds, while China’s Hu Yang earned the gold medal in a Championship record of 44.98 seconds in the event at the Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium, Western Japan.

On Saturday, Al-Rajhi, 25, secured the gold medal in 5,000-meter wheelchair race, making a remarkable achievement ahead of the upcoming Paralympic Games in Paris 2024.

He is also set to compete in 1,500 meters and 800 meters races in the Kobe games.

In the nine-day championships through May 25, Kuwait has sent four athletes, Al-Rajhi, Dhari Buti in the men’s shot put F37, Tokyo Paralympics bronze medalist Faisal Sorour in the men’s shot put F63 and Malak Ali in the women’s javelin throw F54.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Qatari Team Raise Tally To 9 Medals at Arab Rifle and Pistol Championship in Tunisia


The Qatari teams shooters continued their brilliance and distinction in the Arab Championship for 10-meter air rifle and pistol shooting, which concluded Monday in Tunisia.

Qatar’s shooters were able to win two additional medals (gold and bronze), bringing the mission’s total tally to 9 colored medals (two golds, a silver medal, and 6 bronze medals). The duo of Al Maha Al Ali and Abdulrahman Al Sulaiti won Monday the gold medal in the mixed rifle competition for the junior category, and at the same time. In the competition, the duo Sheikha Al Nuaimi and Khalid Al Sharshani won the bronze medal.

During the previous days, Qatari shooters won 7 medals in the Arab Championship, which came from the shooter Al Maha Al Ali, who won the gold medal in the 10-meter rifle competition for the junior girls individual category, and the shooter Sheikha Al Nuaimi, who won the bronze medal in the same competition, and the shooter Abdul Rahman Al Sulaiti won the silver medal in the competition. 10-meter rifle for the junior
individual category. In the same competition, shooter Saad Al Sulaiti won the bronze medal.

As for the team competitions, shooters Hamad Al-Marri, Saeed Al Marri and Abdullah Al Hajri each won a team bronze in the 10-meter pistol competition, and female shooters Bahia Al Hamad, Matara Al Asiri and Dalal Al Qubaisi won a team bronze in the 10-meter rifle competition.

In the mixed team competitions, Qatari team shooters Ali Rashid Al-Mohannadi and Bahia Al-Hamad won the bronze medal in the 10 meter rifle competition.

The Arab Championship competitions were held in the singles, doubles and team categories for men, women, and junior men and women, and witnessed the participation of 47 coaches and administrators, in addition to 9 international referees.

Source: Qatar News Agency