7th School Olympics Programme continues today with Badminton & Swimming
21 April 2019 – UAE National Olympic Committee Media Center
144 female take part in Badminton competition at Al Hudaibiah Sports Hall today. The students represent 9 cities, except Al Dhafra, which will not take part in the competitions. Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, and Eastern Sharjah are represented by 16 girls.
The games are expected to be highly competitive, especially since the game is popular amongst girl students after being included to the School Olympics Programme. The programme has brought substantial benefits to the school sports since its inception and helped in preparing future champions to represent the UAE in the Olympic Games and World events.
Girls participating in Badminton today are the best 16 students from each region who have qualified after competitions that took place during the current academic year. They received intensive training in the training centres in the UAE. Attendees of the competition include officials from the National Olympic Committee, the Ministry of Education, sports councils and federations as well as the students’ parents.
Swimming concludes today
The swimming competitions of the 7th School Olympics Programme will finish today with boys events in the Hamdan bin Mohammed Sports Complex. The competitions bring together 8 educational districts: Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and Eastern Sharjah. Al Dhafra and Umm Al Quwain will not take part in the competition.
About 280 boys will take part in the swimming competitions out of a total of 455 students, making it the most populous in the games. Next comes Judo with 378 participating students. The eight educational zones take part in boys competitions, where each zone is represented by 35 players.
The competitions will start at 10 am, after the completion of the student registration, and the identification of categories. They will end at 03.30 pm, and the trophy presentation will take place at 4 pm.
Girls competitions were held yesterday, where 175 girls from 7 educational zones took part (Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah and Sharjah). Al Dhafra, Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah did not take part. Girls received strong support from families and colleagues.
Al Mahmoud: School Olympics offers great opportunity to attract talents
HE Mohammed Al Mahmoud, Second Vice President of the National Olympic Committee, stressed that the school Olympics is a great opportunity to enrich the UAE sport with special talents according to specific criteria. The Programme brings responsibility to all sports institutions to benefit from the deliverables of the Programme in the best possible way.
He added that that the seventh edition of the program, which was launched yesterday coincides with the year of tolerance. “The Games are characterised by the participation of people of determination in various events; which the noble values of the project focused on the dissemination of sports concepts and participation of the largest segment of our students. The ambition drive will continue annually to identify talents of children in different age groups, in accordance with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the National Olympic Committee and Chairman of the High Committee for the School Olympics.
Each year the process starts with the identification of talents in schools and polishing them in training centres before starting in preliminary tournaments between educational zones at the national level. The process reveals the best talents are judging by numbers and results. We are endeavouring to inspire our children with the concept of the programme and motivate them to win medals and titles so that we can reap the benefits shortly.