Mansour bin Zayed approves programme of Emirates International Endurance Village 2024-2025 endurance races

ABU DHABI: His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Court, approved the race programme for the Emirates International Endurance Village (EIEV) for the 2024-2025 season, which includes 8 races in different categories.

The President of UAE Endurance Cup race will take place on 9th February 2025, at the village in Al Wathba, and will be held over a 160-kilometre (km) distance.

The first race of the new season, represented by the National Day Cup, will start for a distance of 120 km, coinciding with the celebrations of the UAE’s National Day celebrations on 1st December.

The Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak for Private Stables – Ladies Endurance Cup CEN 100 km ride will take place on 7th December, while the Sheikha Fatima bint Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Ladies Endurance Cup CEN 100 km ride will take place on 18th January 2025, with the Sheikh Mohammed bin Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Cup for Private Owners CEN 100 km to be held
on the following day.

The competitions hosted by the village also include the Abu Dhabi Festival Endurance Ride for Ladies CEN 100 km ride, to be held on 14th February 2025, with the Sheikh Zayed bin Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Cup for Private Owners CEN 100 km ride being held the following day. It will be followed on the third day by the Abu Dhabi Festival Open Endurance Cup CEN 120 km ride at the end of the racing season in the village.

Musallam Al Ameri, Director-General of the EIEV, appreciated the support, interest and care of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan for the races and events organised and hosted by the village, highlighting the completion of the Emirates International Endurance Village’s preparations to receive the races of the new season 2024-2025.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Emirati racer reaches new heights at Round 4 of Italian F4 series at Mugello

ABU DHABI: Rashid Al Dhaheri, the region’s leading single-seat racing driver, competing in round 4 of the Italian F4 Series at the challenging Mugello circuit near Florence in Italy, achieved a main race podium, placing 3rd in Race 2 of the weekend, as well as recording the fastest lap of the race.

Emirati driver, Rashid Al Dhaheri, is again showing his world-class ability as he fought with the top international young drivers to bring his Prema Race Team car, under Yas Heat colors, home in third position to take his place on the winner’s podium. The day before, Rashid had set the second fastest time finishing second overall in the pre-race qualifying.

Last season Rashid was a regular fixture on the Rookie podium in the Italian F4 Championship. It is also worth mentioning that last season Al Dhaheri was one of the main drivers who often stood on the podium in all the championships in which he participated in Europe and Asia, and of course in his home country, the United Arab Emirates.

Last weekend’s podium
is the first main race podium Al Dhaheri has achieved this season in Italy, and it follows on the many successes he has had in a career which has taken him from karting through to single seaters. The Italian F4 series is considered the toughest in the world and a feeder formula for F1, with over 36 aspiring drivers from more than 25 different countries. In his second race day of the two-day meeting, Al Dhaheri also finished in a points scoring position, rounding off a very successful weekend.

Commenting on his podium finish, Rashid Al Dhaheri said: ‘The weekend was quite decent. From the practice sessions through to the races I was consistently showing real pace, so I knew a strong finish was possible. Even after posting good times, it is still incredibly difficult to convert these into podium finishes. All the divers and cars are separated by just a few hundredths of seconds, so I really had to fight hard to make sure I achieved my 3rd place finish. Now that I have tasted success in Italy, I cannot wait for
the next race and I know that my family, friends and my great team will be fully behind me as we head to France for the next race.’

Round 5 of the Italian F4 Championship will take place on the 21st of July in South France at the famous Paul Ricard circuit, where Rashid will be hoping to get even higher up the podium.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Brazil celebrates 30 years of winning its fourth FIFA World Cup

ABU DHABI: Brazil won its fourth FIFA World Cup in the United States after defeating Italy on penalties on 17th July, 1994. Romário, the best player of the 1994 World Cup, scored, alongside Branco and Dunga, while the Italians wasted three shots.

According to the New York Times, the match played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, attracted around 94,000 attendees and two billion television viewers worldwide. Both teams were competing to win the fourth World Cup title. The Brazilian Football Confederation highlights that, until then, Brazil had won the World Cup in 1958, 1962 and 1970. Italy had been the champion in 1934, 1938 and 1982.

In an interview with SBT, one of WAM’s partners in Brazil, Romário spoke about the difficulties in the World Cup and the details of the journey to victory against Italy under the guidance of coach Carlos Alberto Parreira and his technical coordinator, Zagallo, who announced Romário as part of the team at the last minute.

The former player recalled that the most challe
nging moment of the World Cup was when Brazil faced the United States on 4th July. ‘It was a historic day for them, Independence Day’, said Romário. According to the U.S. Soccer, the governing body of soccer in all its forms in the United States, approximately 11 million Americans were tuned into the USA vs. Brazil round of 16 matches, the first time the U.S. team had advanced to this phase since 1930, which ended with the Brazilian squad winning by 1×0.

Romário, 58, also reminded that the first game, against Russia, came with great expectations and anxiety, calling it ‘very important’ for the team.

When asked when he felt Brazil would be the champion, the former player declared that he had thought of that when the squad travelled to the U.S. for the event. ‘There were some players who were fully aware that it might be their last chance to become world champions. Some of them were holdovers from the previous World Cup and already knew that everything had to go wrong, we made mistakes in 1990, so we couldn’t
bring those mistakes to 1994.’, he added.

‘In particular, I was in great shape. I wanted to play football and play in the World Cup. I was happy’, the soccer legend further added.

Romário, currently one of the Senators representing the state of Rio de Janeiro and the president of the soccer team América-RJ, also discussed the final. The former player said he did not even fear losing the title during the match. ‘Italy had two great moments to score, first with Massaro and then with Donadoni or Baggio, and they missed because Taffarel [Brazil’s goalkeeper] was there holding them back. We had much more volume than Italy, and we were prepared to win in normal time, but the team practised penalties,’ declared Romário claiming he did not.

“I never trained penalties, but at that moment, I had taken two penalties in my life. When it was time for the penalty, Parreira was writing the list of five, and I raised my finger and said: ‘Coach, I’m going to do it’. He asked: ‘Are you going to?’ I replied: ‘I’m going to! T
he great guy must appear. I had to be part of that moment of the World Cup, which was the final on penalties.”

Romário scored his penalty, helping Brazil win the World Cup for the fourth time after Roberto Baggio missed his chance by kicking the ball over Taffarel’s crossbar. The victory on 17th July 1994 sent crowds to the streets of all over Brazil to celebrate a day that, according to the Brazilian Football Confederation, would go down in history as a landmark date for Brazilian and world football.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Qatar Rail Chess Open Tournament Starts Thursday with Participation of 80 Players


Doha: The Qatar Chess Association (QCA) announced Wednesday the details of the 2024 Qatar Rail Chess Open Tournament, organized in cooperation with Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail), in the marking of International Chess Day which falls on 20 July.

The preliminary round competitions will begin on Thursday at the QCA training center with the participation of 80 players. The competitions will be held in a blitz chess method of 9 rounds to determine the players who qualify for the final stage.

Next Saturday, the final rounds of the tournament will kick off at Al Bidda station on the Doha Metro with the participation of 20 players who will play according to the Swiss system of 9 rounds.

President of QCA Mohammed Al Madhahka said that the cooperation between the Association and Qatar Rail aims to spread the culture of chess in society.

He expressed his aspiration for further cooperation that contributes to QCA achieving its vision, developing chess, and building a large base for it.

Al Madhahka added in a s
pecial statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA) that the conclusion of the tournament will be held inside Al Bidaa station on the Doha Metro to help introduce and spread the game by showcasing it to the public.

The President of QCA explained that these tournaments are organized in line with the Association’s strategy to build a generation that will support the national teams and bring the game to foreign spaces.

It will also help in attracting talent and is a valuable opportunity to discover more promising and smart players that would best represent Qatar internationally, he said.

Communication and Public Relations Director at Qatar Rail Abdulla Ali Al Mawlawi expressed his happiness in partnering with the QCA and collaborating in organizing the second Qatar Rail Chess Open Tournament, especially after the great success of the first edition last year.

The tournament comes within Qatar Rail’s commitment to promoting community and sporting activities in Qatar, in addition to spreading the culture of chess and e
ncouraging more people to participate in this mind sport, he added.

Al Mawlawi explained that choosing Al Bidda station in Doha Metro to hold the tournament finals is part of Qatar Rail’s strategy to enhance the use of the Doha Metro and Lusail Tram stations network and make them ideal places for hosting different community events throughout the year.

He emphasized the importance of continuing cooperation with the QCA to organize similar events that would contribute to efforts made to increase the interest of the public in participating in the sport.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Asil Arabian horse club celebrates its 50th anniversary in Germany

BERLIN: The Asil Club on Tuesday celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding along with the Emirates Arabian Horse Society (EAHS) in Germany.

The event was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the Presidential Court and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the EAHS, and the follow-up of Sheikh Zayed bin Hamad Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of EAHS.

Dubbed “His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan – 50th Anniversary of the Asil Club”, the celebration honoured Sheikh Mansour’s contributions to promoting Arabian horses globally.

Mohamed Al Harbi, Director-General of the EAHS, and Dr. George Olms, President of the Asil Club, attended the event.

The EAHS marked the occasion with a rider in traditional Emirati dress, symbolising the strong bond with Arabian horses and EAHS’s prominent role in equestrian events.

The celebration featured performances by purebred Arabians, showcasing their el
egance, fitness, and skill. The event also included endurance rides and horse-riding sports infused with authentic Arab culture.

Al Harbi and Olms then exchanged commemorative shields, highlighting the significance of the occasion.

For 50 years, the Asil Club has been deeply interested in and involved in Arabian horses. It is headed by Dr. George Olms, who owns the publishing house that bears his name. He is also a prominent breeder of Arabian horses in Germany and owns a well-known breeding stud.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Paris 2024 Summer Olympics: Qatar Set to Participate in Managing Football Matches


Doha: The Qatari international referee Khamis Mohammed Al Marri (video Referee) will embark on managing the football matches due to kick off on Jul.24 within Paris 2024 Summer Olympics, hosted by Paris until Aug.11. His participation comes as part of the unwavering services provided by football referees in Qatar, in terms of the superb performance that has been provided by Qatari referees at all contests abroad in the recent years, including various continental and international championships.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Paris 2024/ Director of QOSM to QNA: Qatar to Display Valuable Collectibles in Qatar Exhibition


Doha: The 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum (QOSM) will participate in the Olympic Games Paris 2024 by organizing an exhibition on Qatar, which will display many valuable collectibles, from 30 July – 25 August, continuing even after the Olympic Games wrap up, only to end shortly before the Paralympic Games commence on August 28.

Regarding Qatar’s participation as part of the Olympic Museums Network (OMN), an International Olympic Committee affiliate, Director of QOSM Abdulla Al Mulla told Qatar News Agency (QNA) that all preparations are set for holding the exhibition on the margin of the Olympic Games, indicating that the Museum possesses over 19,000 artifacts, with some rare and valuable pieces reflecting past Olympic achievements, to be showcased in the exhibition, including Qatar’s first-ever participation in the Olympics in Los Angeles in 1984, in addition to displaying 3,000 items borrowed from international Olympic museums, to highlight QOSM’s debut at the Olympics.

Al Mulla also revealed that th
e exhibition will feature the launch of a book written by the founder of the Olympic Movement Baron Pierre de Coubertin, translated from French and English into Arabic, to be presented in collaboration with the Qatar Olympic Committee and the Qatar Olympic Academy. He added that the launch of this book constitutes a significant addition to the International Olympic Committee’s library, as well as Arab and global libraries, given its comprehensive coverage of Olympic history and legacy.

The book will be launched in a Qatar Olympic Committee-organized reception to take place on August 1st, attended by elite officials from the International Olympic Committee and HE President of the Qatar Olympic Committee, head of the State of Qatar’s delegation participating in the Olympics, Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani.

Moreover, Al Mulla noted the comprehensive nature of the team responsible for organizing the exhibition in a manner befitting the significance of the event, along with a team of guides tasked with explaini
ng the Museum’s exhibits to visitors. The Director of QOSM added that among the notable exhibits are Muhammad Ali’s first championship gloves from the 1960 Rome Olympics, along with the gold medal won by Qatari champion Mutaz Barshim in the high jump at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Qatar’s first gold medal in athletics.

Al Mulla said that the point of the exhibition will be to leave visitors impressed by their experience of QOSM, adding that Qatar enjoys a rich record of participation in international sporting events, is committed to developing robust infrastructure, stadiums, and facilities, and has a prestigious record of hosting various global sporting events, most notably the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, which earned it the trust of FIFA and the global sports community.

Al Mulla said that Qatar’s partaking in this exhibition is an embodiment of the slogan that says that the Olympics are a mere dream, highlighting Qatar’s rich record and contributions to the Olympic movement.

Concluding his remarks, the Direc
tor of QOSM hoped that the exhibition would have a large turnout for more people to experience Qatar’s cultural heritage, in keeping with the directives of HE Chairperson of Qatar Museums Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani regarding promoting learning and museum culture to visitors, in keeping with the Qatar National Vision 2030, which sets human capital as the most valuable asset, thus, Qatar prioritizes relying on national cadres, for which it provides them with training and sends them to participate in international exhibitions and events.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Al Ittihad Sign Algerian Player Houssem Aouar from AS Roma


Riyadh: Saudi football club Al Ittihad announced Wednesday the signing of Algerian player Houssem Aouar from AS Roma for a four-year contract.

The signing ceremony took place at the team’s training camp in Alicante, Spain, with the club’s CEO Domingos De Oliveira and the player, in the presence of the sports director Ramon Planes.

Oliveira welcomed the new player, expressing his hope that Aouar, along with his teammates, will help achieve the performance and results that Al Ittihad’s fans are looking for, aiming for a better league standing next season after a disappointing previous season where the team finished fifth, 42 points behind champions Al Hilal.

Last Saturday, Al Ittihad appointed Frenchman Laurent Blanc as the new head coach, following the termination of the contract with former coach Marcelo Gallardo at the beginning of July, after a disappointing season across various competitions.

Source: Qatar News Agency

USA Basketball Men’s National Team defeats Serbian counterpart at Etihad Arena


ABU DHABI: The USA Basketball Men’s National Team (USABMNT) defeated its Serbian counterpart 105-79 in a friendly match this evening at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.

USABMNT, which tops the world basketball rankings, and the Serbian national team, which is fourth in the world, are preparing in Abu Dhabi for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The emirate of Abu Dhabi hosted the USABMNT’s matches for the second year in a row, in cooperation with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi and USA Basketball.

The match showcased distinguished performances from the players, with enthusiastic interaction from the large audience gathered in the Etihad Arena to watch the final game of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team ‘s activities in Abu Dhabi.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Paris 2024 Olympics/ Qatar’s Delegation Chef De Mission to QNA: Our Ambitions are Great, We are Ready For Competitions


Doha: The Qatari sports delegation participating in the Olympic Games Paris 2024 running from July 26 to August 11 aims to achieve commendable results, fielding teams from five federations: athletics, volleyball, shooting, weightlifting, and swimming.

In exclusive statements to Qatar News Agency (QNA), the Chef De Mission of Qatar delegation participating in the Olympics Mohammed Saeed Al Misnad said that preparations are proceeding well in anticipation of this month’s competitions.

Al Misnad mentioned that the final preparations are divided into two main aspects. Firstly, the administrative aspect managed by the Qatar Olympic Committee through the delegation’s logistics team, which arranges all matters related to arrival in Paris, entry into the Olympic Village, and the provision of optimal essential services for athletes, support staff, and administration.

Secondly, the technical aspect pertains to the preparations of participating athletes, ensuring they are well-prepared through various preparatory tou
rnaments, such as high jump champion Mutaz Barshim’s recent participation in Vienna.

He emphasized the importance of allowing all Qatari athletes participating in the Olympics to undergo final preparations in Europe to acclimatize to the environment, explaining that this will have a significant positive impact on the athletes by facilitating proper sleep, training routines, and climate adaptation, highlighting the crucial role of such factors in athletes’ performance and mental presence during official competitions.

Al Misnad expressed confidence in the ability of Qatar’s champions to continue their efforts to achieve more medals in the Olympic Games, adding that the historic achievement in the previous edition held in Tokyo 2020, where Qatar won three medals (two gold and one bronze), serves as a significant motivation to pursue more medals in the Paris 2024 Olympics. He affirmed that expectations and ambitions have risen, wishing success and luck to all athletes to replicate this honorable achievement.

T
he head of the Qatari sports delegation stated that Qatar successfully topped the Arab and Gulf medal tally in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which marks the best performance in Qatar’s participation history. He believes this will serve as a positive drive and motivation for athletes to continue winning medals. He emphasized that qualifying for the Olympic Games is a great honor for any athlete and an opportunity eagerly awaited by all sportsmen, urging all athletes representing Qatar in the Olympics to enjoy their experience in Paris 2024 and to present their best performances to represent their country in the best possible manner.

It’s worth noting that the Qatari Olympic Committee announced the participation of 14 athletes representing five federations: athletics, volleyball, shooting, weightlifting, and swimming, in the 33rd Summer Olympic Games in Paris 2024.

The list of participants includes: Mutaz Essa Barshim, Abderrahman Samba, Abubaker Haydar, Bassem Hemeida, Ismail Dawood, Ammar Ismail, Saif Mohammed,
and Shahad Mohammed in athletics; Saeed Abu Sharab and Rashid Saleh Al-Athba in shooting; Fares Ibrahim in weightlifting; Sherif Younis and Ahmed Tijan in beach volleyball; in addition to Abdulaziz Al-Obaidly in swimming.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Mansour bin Zayed approves programme of Emirates International Endurance Village 2024-2025 endurance races


ABU DHABI: His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Court, approved the race programme for the Emirates International Endurance Village (EIEV) for the 2024-2025 season, which includes 8 races in different categories.

The President of UAE Endurance Cup race will take place on 9th February 2025, at the village in Al Wathba, and will be held over a 160-kilometre (km) distance.

The first race of the new season, represented by the National Day Cup, will start for a distance of 120 km, coinciding with the celebrations of the UAE’s National Day celebrations on 1st December.

The Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak for Private Stables – Ladies Endurance Cup CEN 100 km ride will take place on 7th December, while the Sheikha Fatima bint Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Ladies Endurance Cup CEN 100 km ride will take place on 18th January 2025, with the Sheikh Mohammed bin Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Cup for Private Owners CEN 100 km to be held
on the following day.

The competitions hosted by the village also include the Abu Dhabi Festival Endurance Ride for Ladies CEN 100 km ride, to be held on 14th February 2025, with the Sheikh Zayed bin Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Cup for Private Owners CEN 100 km ride being held the following day. It will be followed on the third day by the Abu Dhabi Festival Open Endurance Cup CEN 120 km ride at the end of the racing season in the village.

Musallam Al Ameri, Director-General of the EIEV, appreciated the support, interest and care of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan for the races and events organised and hosted by the village, highlighting the completion of the Emirates International Endurance Village’s preparations to receive the races of the new season 2024-2025.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Asian Mens U20 Volleyball Championship: Qatari Volleyball Team to Face Chinese Taipei in Opener


Doha: The Qatari team is due to participate in the 22nd edition of Asian Mens U20 Volleyball Championship by confronting Chinese Taipei on Jul.23. The tournament is held in Indonesias city of Surabaya from Jul.23-30.

The Qatari team arrived in Surabaya to participate within Group B that includes Iran, the title holder, China, the champion of two editions, and Chinese Taipei.

Besides, the Qatari team is slated to play the second match by confronting China on Jul. 24 and wrapping up the match by meeting Iran on Jul.25.

The tournament features 16 teams divided into 4 groups. Group A includes Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Australia, and Hong Kong. Group C includes India, Bangladesh, Japan, and Kuwait and Group D includes South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and Kazakhstan.

The Qatari team is spearheaded by Saeed Juma Al Hitmi and includes the coach, Santiago Garcia.

Source: Qatar News Agency