Chester Racecourse to host Al Wathba Stallions Cup Handicap Stakes race Saturday


CHESTER: The Chester Racecourse in Chester city, UK, is set to host the Al Wathba Stallions Cup 1,500-metre Handicap Stakes race on Saturday, featuring 7 purebred Arabian horses, aged 3 and above. The race is sponsored by the 16th edition of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Racing Festival.

Horses competing for the title include ‘Al-Hattab’, ridden by Lewis Saunders; ‘Parmer Angel’, ridden by Charlie Price; ‘Victoria’, ridden by Sean Dylan; and “Izenterisky”, ridden by John Fahy.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Olympic Games Paris 2024 Torch Relay arrives in Paris on14 July, culminates on 26 July with Opening Ceremony


PARIS: On Sunday 14 July, the Olympic Torch Relay arrives in Paris as it begins the final stage of a journey that will end on 26 July at the Opening Ceremony of Paris 2024, according to the Olympic Games Paris 2024’s organising committee.

The torch will make its first foray into the capital twelve days before the Opening Ceremony, allowing Parisians and visitors to the City of Light a preview of the big celebration of Olympism to come. The Olympic torch will be the protagonist of the 14 July evening. It will burn brightly in the capital, lighting up the summer evening as the city gears up for the start of the Olympic Games.

The relay will pass by many of France’s most recognisable sites this Sunday, starting at the Grand Palais and finishing its route at the Place de l’Hôtel de Ville.

14 July is also Bastille Day, a national holiday in France, and nothing could send a more powerful message than seeing the torch weave its way across the City of Light.

The torch will make its way down the Champs-Élysées the
traditional location of a Bastille Day military parade. From there, it will head to the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, before passing through the Jardin du Luxembourg: a 25-hectare green oasis in the heart of the city.

The torch will then zip past L’Olympia, before setting course for the prestigious Place Vendôme and onto the Louvre – one of the most famous art museums in the world. It will then advance to the Centre Pompidou, which houses the biggest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe, before moving on to the celebration site: Place de l’Hôtel de Ville.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Tour heats up as UAE Team Emirates’ Pogacar defends yellow in Le Lioran


AUVERGNE: In Le Lioran, arriving at stage 11 of the Tour de France, Tadej Pogacar took 2nd in a head-to-head sprint with Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease a Bike).

The duo formed after that UAE Team Emirates’ captain attacked from the head group at 800 to the top of the Puy Mary Pas de Peyrol (30 km to the arrival), becoming solo leader with an advantage that, on the following descent, raised to 35′; then on the Col de Pertus, Vingegaard fought to bridge the gap and the duo pedalled to the arrival maintaining a good advantage on the chasing pair of Roglic and Evenepoel.

Almeida and Yates, after having forced the pace on the climb of Puy Mary Pas de Payrol, completed the stage respectively in 6th and 7th place (+1’49’).

Vingegaard and Pogacar sprinted for the stage success, with the Danish rider preceding the Slovenian.

Pogacar is still in yellow (+1’06’ on Evenepoel, +1’14’ on Vingegaard) and he became the leader of the climber’s classification.

The 203.6 km Stage 12 will start from Aurillac and will finish
in Villeneuve sur Lot, with only three 4th-category hills on the course.

Source: Emirates News Agency

England secure Euro 2024 final spot with thrilling last-minute victory over Netherlands


DORTMUND: The England national football team has reached the final of the UEFA Euro 2024 after defeating the Netherlands 2-1 in the semifinal match held today at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, Germany.

The Netherlands took the lead through Xavi Simons in the 7th minute, but Harry Kane equalised for England in the 14th minute from the penalty spot. In an unexpected turn of events, Ollie Watkins secured the winning goal in stoppage time (90+1).

England will face Spain in the final, scheduled for next Sunday at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, after Spain’s 2-1 victory over France on Tuesday.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Dubai Basketball, Shabab Al Ahli team up to promote basketball excellence in emirate and beyond


DUBAI: The newly established sports franchise team Dubai Basketball has signed a cooperation agreement with Shabab Al Ahli Club to exchange coaching and administrative know-how, host training camps and tournaments, and share sports facilities.

The agreement was signed by Majid Sultan bin Sulaiman, CEO of Shabab Al Ahli Club, and Salem bin Dasmal, President of Dubai Basketball.

At a broader level, the collaboration seeks to foster increased awareness about basketball’s technical aspects and boost its popularity across various age groups. The agreement will facilitate joint training camps and use Shabab Al Ahli Club’s facilities for Dubai Basketball Club’s training sessions.

Dubai Basketball, licensed by the UAE Basketball Association, Dubai Sports Council, and founded by Abdulla Saeed Al Naboodah, has secured approval from the European League to participate in the Adriatic Basketball Association (ABA) League starting from the 2024-2025 season.

The ABA League serves as a qualifying tournament for the EuroLe
ague, considered the second most important basketball league globally after the National Basketball Association (NBA) in North America.

Dubai Basketball club’s home games will be hosted at the Coca-Cola Arena, which can accommodate 15,000 spectators, while Shabab Al Ahli Club will host the team’s training sessions.

Majid Sultan bin Sulaiman said that the agreement will open new avenues for both clubs to exchange expertise and significantly contribute to enhancing Shabab Al Ahli’s basketball programme, which aims to achieve further success at the regional level, especially after securing the runner-up position in the 2024 Asian Basketball Championship.

Salem bin Dasmal praised Shabab Al Ahli Club and said that the agreement marks a new era of collaboration to advance basketball locally. He highlighted the partnership’s objective of enhancing the technical skills of Dubai Basketball club’s players and enriching the experience of the administrative and technical staff.

He also stressed the importance of prom
oting sports, recognising its role in building communities, improving public health, and instilling positive values and ethics.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Organising Committee discusses preparations for 2024 IMMAF Youth World Championships in Abu Dhabi


ABU DHABI: The UAE Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts Federation held a meeting to discuss preparations and plans for the 2024 edition of the IMMAF Youth World Championships, scheduled from August 6-10 at Mubadala Arena in Zayed Sports City. Abu Dhabi / IMMAF Youth World Championships

The 5th edition of the championship, which gathers more than 800 up-and-coming athletes from 45 countries, will be held in the UAE capital for the third consecutive year, confirming the confidence of continental and international sports bodies and federations in Abu Dhabi as a leading destination for organizing tournaments according to the best international standards. Taking place over five days, the next generation of MMA athletes will compete in three categories: 12 to 13-year-olds (Youth C), 14 to 15-year-olds (Youth B), and 16 to 17-year-olds (Youth A).

Mohammed bin Dalmouk Al Dhaheri, Board Member of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts Federation and Chairman of the Federation’s Mixed Martial Arts Committee, emphasise
d the commitment of the UAE and Abu Dhabi to deliver another outstanding event, building on the success of the previous two editions, which were widely praised by athletes, fans, and the mixed martial arts communities around the world.”

He emphasised that all efforts were made to ensure the event meets world-class standards and lives up to the expectations of athletes and fans worldwide.

In 2021, the tournament attracted 331 athletes from 23 countries, while the 2022 edition saw about 500 competitors from 42 countries. The previous year’s edition in 2023 had a record participation of 700 male and female athletes, representing 45 countries.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Qatar Stars League: Al Shamal SC Renews Contract of 5 Players Until 2026


Doha: Al Shamal SC renewed the contract of five players from the first football team in preparation for the new season.

The club stated Thursday that the contracts of Abdullah Al Radhi, Mouafak Awad, Jassim Al Hashemi, Fahad Waad and Faisal Azadi have been renewed for two additional seasons (until 2026).

The five players had a great showing during the last season and contributed to the team achieving a good position.

During the current summer transfers, Al Shamal SC signed Algerian striker Baghdad Bounedjah from Al Sadd SC, Libyan player Al Doukali Al Sayed from Al Ahli SC, and contracted Suhaib Gannan and Abdulaziz Mohammed from Al Duhail SC on loan for one season as well as Ali Al Muhannadi from Al Markhiya SC.

The club is aiming to sign a new coach during the next stage after the departure of its Swedish coach Poya Asbaghi to Al Rayyan SC starting next season 2024-2025.

Al Shamal SC placed 9th in the 2023-2024 Qatar Stars League (EXPO Stars League) with 25 points.

The team is scheduled to participate
in its abroad training camp for next season in the Netherlands from July 14 to Aug. 2.

Source: Qatar News Agency

AFC Concludes Workshop for VAR Information Officials


The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) concluded Thursday the two-day VAR Information Technology Officials Workshop, with actual attendance for the first time.

The AFC is preparing to implement the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system in all club competitions, at various stages during the next season.

The workshop was attended by 43 participants, current VAR information officials and new candidates, in addition to observers from 23 national federations. It featured in-depth working papers presented by experts from the European Union (EU) and FIFA.

The workshop opened on its first day with a brief introductory session, during which the participants were introduced to their roles and responsibilities as information coordinators. The latest football technology applications adopted by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) were also reviewed.

One of the highlights of the program was a presentation by FIFA on the latest innovations in VAR technology, with a particular focus on the complementary tools being tri
alled such as automated offside technology and video support.

The application of referees announcing details of the decision on the field was also reviewed to improve transparency and communication with the fans.

In contrast, UEFA’s presentation included an overview of the football technologies applied in UEFA EURO 2024 and UEFA competitions, the impact of VAR technology, and the scope of the use of match event data.

Pavel Lozanov, Deputy Director of Competitions and Football Events at the AFC, said in his comment: “The modern game is constantly evolving, on and off the field, and football technology forms an integral part of this growth.” He added that with a new era for Asian football on the horizon, the workshop comes at an appropriate time, as it will help VAR information coordinators update their skills in order to ensure the highest standards of professionalism in Asian competitions over the coming days.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee Announces Athletes for Paris 2024 Olympics


Riyadh, The Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced the participation of 10 male and female athletes in the 33rd Summer Olympic Games, which will take place in Paris from July 26 to August 11. The athletes will compete in show jumping, taekwondo, and swimming.

Donia Abu Taleb will represent the Kingdom in taekwondo, having secured her spot during the Asian qualifying rounds held in March in Taian, China.

In show jumping, Ramzy Al-Duhami, Abdullah Al-Sharbatly, Khalid Al-Mobty, and Abdulrahman Al-Rajhi will represent the Kingdom. They qualified for the Olympics by topping Group G qualifiers at the Doha International Show Jumping Championship in 2023.

In athletics, Mohammed Tolo, a shot putter, will make his Olympic debut after breaking the Asian record in Madrid in June. Hussain Al-Hizam, a pole vaulter, will also make his first Olympic appearance after accumulating an impressive 1,252 points in the global rankings.

Among the wild card entries, 17-year-old Saudi female swimmer Mashael Al-Ayed will
compete in the 200-meter freestyle event. She will be accompanied by the youngest Saudi athlete in this edition of the Olympics, 16-year-old Zaid Al-Sarraj, who will compete in the 100-meter freestyle for the first time.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Chaired by HRH the Crown Prince, the Board of Directors of the Sports Boulevard Foundation Approves the Global Sports Tower Designs


Riyadh, The board of directors of the Sports Boulevard Foundation (SBF), chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Prime Minister, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sports Boulevard Foundation, approved the Global Sports Tower designs, a prominent landmark within the Sports Boulevard project on Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Road.

The Global Sports Tower, the tallest sports tower in the world and a key landmark of the Sports Boulevard project, will play a significant role in achieving the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030. The tower is set to enhance the quality of life in Riyadh, positioning the city as one of the top 10 economies globally.

The Sports Boulevard, a groundbreaking project, will offer a unique destination that integrates all aspects of life. This project is envisioned as a bridge to a futuristic urban environment for Riyadh, promising to positively influence the Kingdom’s economy and elevate its international standing.

The S
ports Boulevard project extends for more than 135km on Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Road, connecting Wadi Hanifah in the West with Wadi Al Sulai in the East through a grid of safe green pathways for pedestrians, cyclists, athletes, and horse riders. The project includes more than 4.4 million square meters of greenery and open spaces and up to 50 multidisciplinary sports facilities. In addition, there are several unique destinations and investment zones, totaling an area that exceeds 3 million square meters.

The world’s first sports tower of such scale will contribute to achieving the goals of the Saudi Vision 2030, which commits to creating a sustainable, regenerative environment that enhances the quality of life. This includes a real sports renaissance that not only elevates the Kingdom’s international ambitions but also provides facilities to encourage grassroots sports participation.

The Global Sports Tower is set to be the tallest sports tower in the world, standing at 130 meters. The total
internal area is 84,000 square meters. It will include more than 30 different sports facilities and the world’s tallest indoor climbing wall, which totals 98 meters. The wall offers opportunities for climbers from all levels from beginner to professional, all can enjoy the world’s fastest-growing sport. The tower will be crowned with the world’s highest running track. Fully digitised and with a circuit of 250 meters, any athlete can enjoy a unique training experience, whilst enjoying one of the best views of Riyadh.

The tower is distinguished by its unique architectural design that applies to the Sports Boulevard Design Code driven by the principles of Salmani architecture, which is based on both originality and modernity. The tower following these principles makes it a distinctive landmark on Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Road and across the whole of Riyadh.

The tower aims to achieve the goals of the Sports Boulevard project and improve the quality of life in Riyadh by promoting sports and enabl
ing the community by providing world-class facilities that contribute to promoting a sports culture among all members of society.

The Sports Boulevard is one of Riyadh’s mega projects launched by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz on March 19th, 2019. Chaired by HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. The project is committed to improving the quality of life for the city’s residents and visitors by offering them integrated infrastructure and pedestrian pathways, cycling pathways, horse-riding trails, and more.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

NEOM, AFC Extend Global Partnership for 4 More Years


NEOM, NEOM and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced the extension of their partnership for an additional four years until 2029 in the AFC Women’s Champions League, the first women’s football tournament in Asia, as well as their support for national team competitions and member clubs within the federation.

Through the partnership, NEOM and AFC aim to promote diversity in sports and support women’s football in Asia.

NEOM project CEO Nadhmi A-Nasr emphasized that the partnership with AFC provides a significant opportunity to develop the sports sector across Asia and create more pathways that meet to the needs of talented individuals and football enthusiasts worldwide.

He added that the partnership with AFC aligns with NEOM’s strategic vision and goals, contributing to realizing the targets of the Saudi Vision 2030.

Meanwhile, AFC secretary general Datuk Seri Windsor John explained that renewing the partnership with NEOM enhances the attractiveness of AFC competitions by engaging hundreds of milli
ons of Asian football fans. He expressed aspiration that the partnership would create more historical successes with NEOM and advance the development of football globally.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Qatari Tennis Team to Face Sri Lankan Counterpart on Wednesday

Qatari mens tennis team will face its Sri Lankan counterpart at the start of its campaign in the 2024 Davis Cup Tennis Championships for the Asia-Oceania Group IV, held in Cambodia.

The Qatari team play in the first group, which includes Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan and the UAE, while the second includes Cambodia, Kuwait, Iraq and Myanmar, and the first and second from each group qualify for the semi-finals.

The Qatari team concluded a two-week training camp in Thailand, during which it conducted technical and physical training in preparation for the competitions.

Source: Qatar News Agency