2074 students compete in 7 sports in 7th School Olympics
4 Venues host competitions of Sports Excellence Month
People of Determination engage in several sports events
Health educational workshops to sensitise participants
17 April 2019 – UAE National Olympic Committee Media Center
The National Olympic Committee has announced the launch of the 7th School Olympics held in coordination with the Ministry of Education. About 2074 students will compete in 7 sports that will kick off this Saturday and continue up to 4 May as part of the Sports Excellence Month.
The NOC made a statement to this effect during the press conference held on the premises of the NOC in Dubai. Attendees included HE Talal Al Shinqeti, Acting Secretary General of the NOC and Chairman of the School Olympics in addition to members of the Executive Office namely Saleh bin Ashour, Assistant Secretary-General for Technical and Sports Affairs, Mohammed bin Darwish, Executive Director, Ahmed Al Tayeb, Director of Technical and Sports Affairs at the NOC. Also attended Ms Aysha Al Siri, Acting Director of Health an Fitness at the Ministry of Education, Nasr Al Junaibi, representative of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Ahmed Salim Al Muhri, from Abu Dhabi Sports Council, and Saeed Al Ajil, from Sharjah Sports Council in addition to representatives of Media, the listed sports federations: athletics, swimming, judo, taekwondo, fencing, badminton and archery.
The competitions are hosted in four venues: Hamdan Sports Complex will host swimming events, Athletics will be held at the Police Officers’ Club in Dubai, Al Hudaibiah Hall will host judo, badminton, and archery, and Asmaa bint al-Numan will host fencing and taekwondo competitions.
People of Determination will also take part in competitions on the sidelines of the events through a variety of events aimed at integrating them with their peers in a sporting atmosphere of a spirit of challenge and fair competition.
“Today, I am delighted to announce that we are continuing the project we started 7 years ago, when H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, inaugurated School Olympics programme – the first of its kind – aimed at identifying sporting talents from the UAE schools. The 7th School Olympics Programme, which we are launching today, is organised by the NOC in coordination with the Ministry of Education and all the strategic partners, notably the Ministry of Health and Prevention, which will provide educational workshops for our children and school students, in line with the different games schedule,” said H.E Talal Al Shanqiti at the beginning of the press conference.
“The continuing support of H.H Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the NOC, make us in an ongoing challenge with ourselves to offer the best for our children, as we are looking forward to seeing them in a unique sporting position. Everyone at the Executive Office of the School Olympics Programme is working to reflect the vision of the wise leadership through providing the right environment for students to practice sports, fostering their skills, and enhancing their talents through Pre-school Olympics Programme events or training centres of the Ministry of Education across the UAE,” he added.
“I would like to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to the Ministry of Education for their continuing efforts aimed at improving the form of our sons and daughters since the launch of the School Olympics Programme. They have been supportive by offering training programmes or camps aimed at identifying their talents and building their skills, mentally and psychologically. I would also like to thank the Ministry of Health and Prevention, which developed an educational plan stressing the importance of sports and making it a lifestyle through awareness seminars before the start of each competition, and identifying the means of preventing against contemporary diseases, and following up healthy lifestyles,” he concluded.
Mohammed bin Darwish, Executive Director of the National Olympic Committee, expressed his confidence in the success of the seventh edition of the school Olympics in the light of the coordination with all parties and strategic partners to harness all resources for the success of the event. “Following the Resolution of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, President of the UAE, to allow children of female Emiratis, holders of passports whose family books are under process, as well as those born in the UAE, to participate in official sports competitions held in the UAE regardless of their nationalities, which has been implemented for the first time in the sixth edition last year, a positive impact will be expected in these talents. It reflects the keenness of our leadership to provide means for setting up a strong base of athletes; which will enhance the level of sport and enable competition in various sports events held in the UAE,” he said.
“Targeting sports talents through the School Olympics is one of the national initiatives for identifying talents and carrying proper testing of promising athletes. The base set by School Olympics will provide a promising base for future in line with the vision of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, President of the NOC cum Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee for School Olympics calling for boosting the abilities of students in the interest of the UAE sport. Schools will thus become a base for identifying and polishing talents,” he added.
Al Siri revealed that our talented children would participate in a series of school sports overseas following the end of the School Olympics such as World Schools Athletics Championship, and Self Defence World Championship. A series of training programmes will be held for talented students in future, she added.