UAE Football Association signs MoU with Cybersecurity Council

ABU DHABI: The UAE Football Association today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the UAE government’s Cybersecurity Council here.

The MoU aims to enhance cooperation through the exchange of expertise in cyber fields related to information and communication technology, and to focus on cooperation, deterrence and prevention of cyberattacks, in addition to participating in promoting awareness, educational and scientific research and development programmes.

The signing ceremony took place on the sidelines of the 8th International Exhibition for National Security and Resilience (ISNR Abu Dhabi 2024) in the presence of Mohammed Abdullah Hazam Al Dhaheri, Secretary General of the UAE Football Association, and Dr. Mohammed Hamad Al Kuwaiti, Chairman of the UAE government’s Cybersecurity Council.

Under the MoU, the two sides will also share information on security risks and malware and solutions to deter them.

Source: Emirates News Agency

UAE Team Emirates’ Pogacar lands second consecutive victory at Giro D’Italia

SOUTH TYROL: Victory number five for Pogacar in his first participation in the Giro d’Italia. UAE Team Emirates’ captain prevailed in stage 16, Laas-Santa Cristina Valgardena, shortened to 118,7 kilometres due to bad weather conditions.

Pogacar preceded in the summit arrival Giulio Pellizzari (VF Group- Bardiani, +16″) and Daniel Martinez (Bora-hansgrohe, +16″): he joined at -800 metres to the arrival Giulio Pellizzari, who was the only survivor of a leading quarter including Julian Alaphilippe (Soudal Quickstep), Christian Scaroni (Astana) and Ewen Costiou (Arkea-B and B).

At 400 metres to go, Pellizzari was dropped by the Slovenian, and he could obtain another stage victory.

In the GC, Daniel Martinez (Bora-hansgrohe) is 2nd at 7’18’ to Pogacar, Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) is 3rd at 7’40’.

In stage 17 (Selva di Valgardena-Passo Brocon, 159 km) the riders will face mountains again: one 3rd category climbs, two 2nd category climbs, and two 1st category climbs (including the summit arrival).

: Emirates News Agency

ANOF chief: Paris Olympic Games to combine excitement, social responsibility

Paris is bracing for the 2024 Olympic Games amid expectations that the world event would combine sports excitement, and social and environmental responsibility, said Chairman of National Olympic Academy of France (ANOF) Arnauld Richard.

In an interview with KUNA, Richard said that new main sports facilities have already been launched as part of France’s proper preparations and arrangements for the Olympic Games due July 2024.

He even promised that this year’s world games in Paris would be totally different from previous editions, given that the French capital is seeking hard to ensure sustainability and gender equity in view of the number of athletes.

On the total cost of the sports gathering, he estimated that the expenses, after having been re-evaluated due to inflation, would hit approximately nine billion euros (around USD 9.77 billion”.

However, he said the cost of the Paris Olympic Games would be lower than all previous editions, citing Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022
as having cost USD 13 billion and USD 38.5 billion respectively.

He pointed out that most sports facilities are either already existing or have been launched on a temporary basis, thus leading to cutting the total expenses of the big event.

Regarding environment, France and Paris Olympic Games organizers are doing their utmost to cut carbon dioxide emissions by roughly 50 percent, compared with London 2012 Olympic Games and Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.

Furthermore, Paris is trying to make use of renewable energy sources, chiefly wind and solar energy, by means of urging the expected big number of fans to use means of environmentally friendly transport like metro and bicycles.

The chairman of National Olympic Academy of France (ANOF) said he was so upbeat that the Paris 2024 Olympic Games would so successful and fruitful that it would combine sports excitement and positive influence at the global level.

The Olympic flame for Paris 2024 began its journey from Greece’s Piraeus port to France in April
on board the French ship Belem.

It was the first time in the history of the Games that the Olympic Flame had been transported by sea.

The summer Olympics are to kick off from 26 July to 11 August, with 10,500 athletes competing in 329 events.

There will be 206 countries represented at the Olympics and the main athletics events will be held at the Stade de France, on the northern outskirts of Paris.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Adnan Darjal: A reform revolution is coming in Iraqi football

The President of the Iraqi Football Federation, Adnan Darjal, said: ‘We are heading towards a reform revolution in Iraqi football.’

The Federation stated in a statement, ‘Today Darjal held a meeting at the Federation’s headquarters with the Referees Committee and the Referees and Evaluators Department, in the presence of the Federation’s Secretary-General, to discuss many matters related to arbitration, and to seek to advance the reality of arbitration to wide ranges, and to develop the referees’ capabilities in a way that contributes to leading matches to safety.”

The statement quoted Darjal as saying: ‘The Federation has held many development courses for referees, in addition to providing VAR video technology, the catalyst for successfully and superiorly completing the refereeing task in every match, which was used for the first time this season in the current season in the Iraq Stars League, aiming for refereeing to be one of the most important pillars of success for our football, and this requires every
one to develop, cooperate and join forces to achieve the desired goals.’

He added: ‘We are heading toward a reform revolution in football by rehabilitating stadiums in a modern way and making them compete with developed countries, because they are one of the most prominent features of football development.’

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

The PM adopts the treatment of our former national team coach, Akram Salman

Baghdad, Government Sports Advisor Khaled Abdel Wahed Gibian announced this afternoon, Wednesday, that Prime Minister, Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani had adopted the treatment of our former national team coach, ‘Akram Ahmed Salman,’ who supervised the training of our national team and many Iraqi clubs, in addition to training many Arab clubs.

The Prime Minister wished the coach a speedy recovery and a quick return to his field and courts, to practicing his activities, and to continuing his efforts.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

UAE Team Emirates’ Pogacar triumphs on Queen stage of Giro D’Italia

SONDRIO: Tadej Pogacar and UAE Team Emirates continued to leave their mark at the Giro D’Italia, taking home the queen stage of the race from Manerba del Garda to Livigno (222km).

After tireless work in the valleys from his teammates, the Slovenian went clear on the penultimate first-category climb of the Passo di Foscagno, catching all the riders of the large early breakaway, with Nairo Quintana (Movistar) being the last to be brought back at -2km.

Pogacar said, ‘Today was one of the best days. I would not say that it was the best day of my career, but it was a really nice stage, really good route, nice climbs. The team did a super good job. We had this stage in mind since December. I’m super happy that we kept it under control. It was a really strong breakaway, but I gave it my all in the 10 or 15km.

“We had to be smart all day – we couldn’t let the break go too much and then we spoke on the last climb with the guys. Rafa did a super good job after the switchback with a tailwind, so everyone suffered on
the wheel. I just tried to keep continuing, and I hoped for the gap, and then I opened the gap and continued to the top.’

The riders will now take a well-earned rest on Monday before another challenging stage from Livigno to Santa Cristina Valgardena (Monte Pana) (206km).

Source: Emirates News Agency

Inaugural UAE Games for People of Determination begins tomorrow: Special Olympics UAE

ABU DHABI: Special Olympics UAE announced that the inaugural UAE Games for People of Determination will begin tomorrow in Abu Dhabi. More than 1,000 athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities, students of determination, unified partners, coaches, technical staff and supervisory teams will participate in the event, the organisers said at a press conference today at Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy in Abu Dhabi.

The UAE Games will comprise two flagship events. The first is the Unified Schools UAE Games, which will include football and badminton for boys and girls, in various age categories, and will be organised on 21st and 22nd May, with the participation of 400 students. The second event is the UAE Games for People of Determination’s clubs and centres, which will be held from 7th to 10th June, and will include competitions in six sports: badminton, basketball, bowling, football, e-sports and powerlifting. This event will witness the participation of more than 600 athletes with intelle
ctual and developmental disabilities from across the UAE, along with their coaches and other technical and supervisory teams. Both events will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

The UAE Games is organised in close collaboration with several sports federations, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Dubai Sports Council and Sharjah Sports Council.

Talal Al Hashemi, National Director of Special Olympics UAE and Chairman of the UAE Games Organising Committee, commented that the inaugural Games build on the enduring legacy of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. “In line with the vision of our wise leadership that recognises the importance of making sustainable efforts to empower People of Determination, and provide them with all tools and means to fulfill their aspirations, we are delighted to announce the organisation of the first-ever UAE Games.

‘We are keen to apply the best international practices and provide a platform for athletes with developmental and intellectual challeng
es to demonstrate their abilities and compete in a positive and empowering environment, that allows them to communicate and form friendships. Additionally, the games will enable Special Olympics UAE to assess athletes and use the insights generated for future planning and development plans, that Special Olympics UAE will collaborate with the People of Determination’s clubs and centres on executing in the future.’

The UAE Games will bring together all People of Determination’s clubs and centres to celebrate the powers of inclusive sports, including the Abu Dhabi Club for People of Determination, Al Ain Club for People of Determination, Dubai Club for People of Determination, Al Thiqa Club for the Disabled, Ajman Club for People of Determination, Ras Al Khaimah Club for People of Determination, Khor Fakkan Club for the Disabled, Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services, Dubai Centre for People of Determination, Fujairah Centre for People of Determination, and Dibba Centre for People of Determination.

Other comm
unity organisations and groups that will participate in the UAE Games include Heroes of Hope, Emirates Down Syndrome Association, Al Noor Centre for People with Disabilities, and other centres affiliated with the Zayed Higher Organisation in Abu Dhabi.

To maximise community engagement and participation, several complementary sports and health activities will be organised by Special Olympics UAE and its partners to coincide with the UAE Games, these include athletes’ health screenings, Part of Special Olympics UAE’s Healthy Athletes Programme, and are sponsored by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and delivered in partnership with Apollonia Dental Centre, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), and Samaya Specialised Hospital.

Recreational sports activities, organised for unified partners and members of the community, to foster wider community participation will include football and basketball, organised by Zayed Higher Organisation and Jam Academy.

Organising the UAE Games is a multi-stakeholde
r effort, led by Special Olympics UAE and in coordination with the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), the Emirati Marshals Programme, and the Emirates School Establishment.

The UAE Games is supported by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), sponsor of the Special Olympics UAE Health Programme, Aldar Properties, sponsor of the recreational basketball events, and the Integrated Transport Centre -Department of Municipalities and Transport, which provided transportation and logistical support.

Additional specialised services and support were provided by the Professional Communications Corporation (Nedaa), the UAE Badminton Federation, and the Emirates Body Building Federation.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Qadsia against Salmiya for Amir Football Cup

Qadsia football team will play against Salmiya team on Tuesday for the final of the 2023-24 season of Amir Football Cup in Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium.

Qadsia qualified for the final after defeating Al-Arabi with a score of (2-1) while Salmiya qualified after defeating Al-Tadamon (3-0) in the semi-final matches.

Croatian coach of Salmiya Club Ante Misha said in the press conference for the final match on Monday that Qadsia is ready for this long awaited match and that he will do everything to win the cup.

For his part, coach of Qadsia Club Dr. Mohammad Al-Anazi said that tomorrow’s match will be difficult and that he knows the strength of Salmiya club, the keys to the game, points that can affect his team, and that Qadsia must play a perfect match to win.

The tournament was held 61 times before this season, with Kuwait, Qadsia and Al-Arabi each winning the title 16 times, Kazma 8 times, while Salmiya and Yarmouk each won it twice and Al-Fahaheel once.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Kuwait’s Al-Rajhi 5th in 400m final at Kobe Para Athletics Championships

Kuwait’s national team player Faisal Al-Rajhi finished fifth in the men’s 400 meters T54 final, at the Para Athletics World Championships, Monday.

He clocked 46.78 seconds, while China’s Hu Yang earned the gold medal in a Championship record of 44.98 seconds in the event at the Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium, Western Japan.

On Saturday, Al-Rajhi, 25, secured the gold medal in 5,000-meter wheelchair race, making a remarkable achievement ahead of the upcoming Paralympic Games in Paris 2024.

He is also set to compete in 1,500 meters and 800 meters races in the Kobe games.

In the nine-day championships through May 25, Kuwait has sent four athletes, Al-Rajhi, Dhari Buti in the men’s shot put F37, Tokyo Paralympics bronze medalist Faisal Sorour in the men’s shot put F63 and Malak Ali in the women’s javelin throw F54.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

ADXC 4: Benoit Saint Denis, Espen Mathiesen, Ffion, Khaled and all the champions who rose in France

PARIS: After weeks of anticipation, the ADXC 4 is now officially completed. This Saturday, May 18th, some of the best competitors from Jiu-Jitsu and Grappling entered the merciless ADXC cage and fought tooth and nail to become the newest champions born at the Dojo de Paris, in the capital of France.

In the Grappling Main Event, the long-awaited duel between UFC powerhouses Benoit Saint Denis and Marc Diakiese gave fight fans everything they were hoping for and then some. Fighting in his homeland of France, Benoit used his grappling prowess to control the flow of the battle and emerge victorious in the ADXC cage. The fight almost ended quickly, with Benoit going for a neck attack and almost submitting in the very first round, but Diakiese’s top-notch defenses got him out of danger and kept the bout going, with many standing exchanges throughout the five rounds. But while Diakiese had some good moments, Benoit’s pressure was simply too much and the “God of War” left another foe in the dust, taking the win by u
nanimous decision and driving the crowd at the Dojo de Paris insane with the victory of their local champion.

Meanwhile, Espen Mathiesen spared no effort and is now a two-time champion of the ADXC. Fighting in the Jiu-Jitsu Main Event against France’s Leon Larman, the Norwegian athlete played to his strength and started the match by pulling and trying to use his berimbolo. Feeling the danger, Leon managed to avoid his opponent’s collar grips, but Espen spun and ended up in the foot. Going for the de la riva guard, Espen managed to get a better grip and got to the back, with Leon defending against the hooks but falling prey to a collar choke still in the first round.

The Grappling Co-Main Event brought another victory for Wales’ Ffion Davies in the ADXC. After sweeping from the closed guard and maintaining Morgan Black under complete pressure in the first round, Ffion finished the job in the following one. When the fighting started again, Ffion pulled Morgan into her guard, went up reaching the side, and qui
ckly mounted, seizing her opponent’s arm and landing the winning armbar with a little over a minute on the clock.

In the Jiu-Jitsu Co-Main Event, Khaled Al Shehhi and Leonardo Mario found themselves evenly matched throughout the duel, which lasted five rounds of three minutes. Khaled started with a takedown, followed with a submission attempt and, when that didn’t work, used the single-leg to press Leonardo against the cage wall. Leonardo applied his pressure on Khaled’s guard, but the UAE powerhouse had a better run in the duel, using his technique to attack on top and even reach the side. When it was all said and done, Khaled had shown enough of his skills to convince the majority of the referees and conquer the title with a split decision.

While the Main and Co-Main Events were amazing in their own right, the ADXC 4 still had many impressive battles in its card. Check out below how the Main Card and Prelims Card matches went down!

-Abdul-Kareem Al Sewady vs. Amin Ayoub

In another match-up between MMA a
thletes, Abdul-Kareem controlled the bout by putting pressure on Amin’s guard throughout the first two rounds, even managing to mount in the third round. Amin tried to attack with a guillotine, but Abdul-Kareem managed to avoid any danger and conquered the referees, who unanimously decided in favor of the “Pride of Palestine”.

-Cassio Silva vs. Marko Oikarainen

In an intense rematch from the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Rome 2024, the French-based Brazilian Cassio Silva once again defeated Finland’s Marko Oikarainen. With triangle, arm, and omoplata attacks, Cassio was the most dangerous competitor, even if Marko’s solid defenses kept him safe and sound in all three rounds. At the end of the fight, Cassio tipped the scales even further in his favor with another dangerous attack, taking the win by unanimous decision.

-Nathiely de Jesus vs. Elizabeth Mitrovic

A very balanced duel between Nathiely and Elizabeth. With an active guard and dangerous sweep attempts, Eliza used her long legs to her favor against Nathiely
, who used her experience and pressure from the top to control the duel. Being more active in the bout, Nathiely tried to take the back and even attacked the arm, convincing the referees and getting the win by unanimous decision.

-Nia Blackman vs. Magdalena Loska

A brown belt hailing from the UK, Nia Black showed her resolve as she sought to beat the Polish black belt Magdalena Loska. Starting with the upper hand after attacking with a loop choke and an omoplata, Magdalena kept herself active while Nia countered her foot attacks, with the latter almost taking the back on the second and third rounds. With better moves from the guard and almost taking the back, Nia convinced the majority of the referees and got the win via split decision.

-Steven Ray vs. Ibrahima Mane

In a duel between MMA veterans, Steven Ray proved himself an accomplished grappler. In the fight against Ibrahima, Steven had the best moves in the first and second rounds, going for foot and guillotine attacks. In the third round, with both f
ighters still standing, Steven set up another guillotine, took the fight to the ground, and got the submission with 2:05 on the clock.

-Youness Bennouali vs. Florian Bayili

A brown belt fighting in his home country of France, Youness had an interesting duel against the Belgian black belt Florian Bayili. Keeping steady on his feet, Youness controlled the match with some good takedowns and submission attempts following the takedowns. Meanwhile, Florian employed his guard from below, but by the time the match ended, Youness’ stamina and techniques were enough to convince the majority of the referees, who gave him the win via split decision.

-Geovanny Martinez vs. Nicolas Renier

10th Planet’s Geo Martinez used his grappling experience to make quick work of Nicolas Renier in the ADXC 4. The duel started with Geo pulling Nicolas into his closed guard and then quickly spinning around to reach the legs, locking a lightning-fast heel hook in just 27 seconds of the very first round.

-Kalim Mastouri vs. Luca Anacor

An intense match between Kalim and Luca heated up the Prelims. With both sides dishing out attacks throughout the three rounds of the duel, triangle chokes and leglocks were the name of the game here. One of the bout’s highlights happened in the third round when Kalim took Luca down with a collar drag and almost took the back, with the latter narrowly escaping the position. At the end of it all, the referees unanimously declared Kalim the winner.

-Kasper Larsen vs. Alexander Alexandrov

Kasper Larsen maintained the pressure throughout the fight, using his weight and technique to attack Alexander’s half-guard in the first two rounds. In the third round, after pushing Alexander against the cage wall, Kasper got Alexander down and quickly went for the back without the hooks, spinning below and entering a twister before locking the rear naked choke to take the victory.

-Shamma Al Kalbani vs. Lina Grosset

A well-balanced fight between purple belts Shamma Al Kalbani and Lina Grosset. With the former hailing
from the UAE and the latter fighting in her home country of France, the first round saw both athletes exchanging foot attacks while the following one brought a little more movement, with reversals and guard passing attempts. The third and final round saw Lina putting a lot of pressure from the top, but Shamma dished out some sneaky attacks and, at the end of it all, managed to convince the majority of the referees, who gave her the win via split decision.

Source: Emirates News Agency