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Fun-Run of Jakarta Asiad 2018 proves hugely successful in Dubai

Fun-Run of Jakarta Asiad 2018 proves hugely successful in Dubai

4th Feb 2018 Dubai – NOC Media Centre

The Fun-Run of the 18th Asian Games 2018 hosted at Al Khawaneej Walk in Dubai concluded yesterday morning; where 250 children took part in the event held by the National Olympic Committee and sponsored by the Olympic Games.

The promotional event was attended by several board members of the NOC namely Major General (r) Ismail Al Gergawi, Nasir Al Badoor, Brigadier Khaled Shuhail, Saleh Hasan (SG of Athletics Federation), and Mohammed bin Darwish (Executive Director of the NOC). Attendees also included Brigadier Abdul Malik Jani, Director of National Olympic Academy, Khaled Al Hussain (Director of Sports Affairs at the General Sports Authority), and Ahmed Al Tayeb (Director of NOC Technical and Sports Affairs). Also in attendance were Zhou Jian (Director of Information at the Olympic Council of Asia), Wisam Turkmani (from the Office of the President of the Olympic Council of Asia, and Irina Herstova (Council Relations Officer at OCA).

The event was opened by a speech delivered by the representative of the OCA in which he thanked the NOC for staging this important event; which promotes the noble mission of the Games in the best possible manner. The NOC is a key partner of the OCA in various sports events held in the Continent. The UAE is firmly placed in the global sports map; which helps the race realise its objectives and goals.

The promotional Fun-Run, 2018 race over 3 km overseen by the Ministry of Education and Athletics Federation, was held in a superb style characterised by fair competition between children. The first 30 contestants finishing the race were awarded appreciation certificates from the OCA split equally between boys and girls. Then a musical and heritage spot was held which proved extremely enjoyable.

التغطية التلفزيونية للسباق الترويجي لآسياد جاكرتا 2018 بدبي

التغطية التلفزيونية للسباق الترويجي لآسياد جاكرتا 2018 بدبي

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Major General (r) Ismail Al Gergawi, Nasir Al Badoor, and Brigadier Khalid Shuhail honoured the NOC partners for contributing to the success of this unique event which forms part of OCA’s visits to stage it in 28 Asian countries. It will keep rolling until the last month preceding the Games; which will be co-hosted in two cities at a time (Jakarta and Palembang). Honourees included the Ministry of Education, Dubai Police, Dubai Educational Zone, Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services, Dubai Sports Council, and Athletics Federation. Thanks also to the sponsors The Bridge for Media Consultancies and the media partner in the race, and Amer Station in the Business Village in Dubai.

Major General (r) Ismail Al Gergawi stressed that the event demonstrated the UAE’s leading position on all levels of the sport after proving its ability to organise major events. “Choosing the UAE by the Olympic Council of Asia to organise this race demonstrates the country’s leading role in organising sports events, as it promotes one of the most important games, the Asian Games, which will be attended by more than 10 thousand athletes from 45 Asian countries. This is an important introductory step for our students and children who participated in the event, to spread the games amongst youngsters; who are the future of the country. These generations are looking to represent the UAE with their best efforts and raise its flag high at all levels,” he said.

Nasser Al Badoor expressed his pleasure to hold the promotional event for the Asian Games in the UAE to complement its launch in many Asian countries. “There is no doubt that the vision of the National Olympic Committee under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to communicate with all sports institutions and bodies, to promote teamwork and consolidate the concept of teamwork is critical to the success of any event of any size. Today, at the threshold of the Asian Games, we are pleased to be part of the promotion of a major event in which we are eager to raise the UAE flag and see our athletes bringing more achievements in the name of the UAE,” he stressed.

Mohammed bin Darwish expressed his delight with the success of the promotional event of the Asian Games 2018 in the UAE and in a year that bears the cherished name of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. “It prompts organisations to redouble their efforts in various fields and make achievements befitting the scope and value of the Year; a challenge in its own right. But the UAE has proved capable and pioneering in various sectors and has got unique practices that keep impressing the entire world.

“I would wish to thank our partners for their attendance and pay tribute to the Dubai Police for adding a glamorous setting to the event; which is compatible with their prominent roles in contributing to the success of various sports events,” added Bin Darwish.


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