DUBAI, 2nd May, 2018 (WAM) — The Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament will start on 18th May with the inclusion of three new events 3×3 basketball, futsal for people with hearing disabilities and jiu-jitsu to its local calendar, taking the total number of events here in Dubai to 11.
Being held from 18th May to 5th June in the Holy month of Ramadan, the tournament, which carries a total prize purse of AED6 million, will also see competitions for honours in futsal, volleyball, padel tennis, fencing, NAS night challenge, the 5km and 10km run, 75km cycle race and wheelchair basketball.
A five-a-side futsal competition in the Egyptian capital of Cairo and a volleyball tournament in Jordan will give this year’s NAS Sports Tournament an international flavour.
In Dubai, NAS volleyball and NAS padel will get the event started on 18th May at the NAS Sports Complex, while fencing will take place from 19th to 23rd May. The 5km and 10km run is scheduled for 21st May, the 5km NAS night challenge obstacle race for 1st and 2nd June, while the NAS 3×3 basketball championship will take place from 19th to 22nd June at the Dubai Festival City Mall (Outside Arena).
The jiu-jitsu championship will take place on 31st May at the NAS Sports Complex, the wheelchair basketball and futsal for people with hearing disabilities on 4th June, while the NAS cycling championship will take place on 25th and 26th May. The 12-team NAS futsal will start on 27th May, with the final scheduled for the final evening of the tournament on 5th June.
“The preparations for this edition are very special because they coincide with the Year of Zayed, which is dear to all of us,” Salah Amin, a member of Dubai Sports Council’s Board of Directors and Vice Chairman of Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament’s Organising Committee, said at the official pre-tournament press conference and draw for the futsal and volleyball competition.
Speaking on the occasion, Hassan Al Mazrouei, Director of the Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament, thanked H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, for his unlimited support, which had turned the NAS Sports Tournament into one of the foremost events of its kind.
“Thanks to H.H. Sheikh Hamdan, the tournament has achieved record success in a short span and this year, in its sixth edition, it is also being organised in Egypt and Jordan. It has become a major sporting event, providing individuals and teams with an opportunity to play sports and remain physically active during the Holy Month of Ramadan,” said Al Mazrouei.
A futsal competition will take place in the indoor halls of the Cairo Stadium from 22nd to 26th May, with eight teams representing eight different Egyptian Olympic sports federation fighting for the honours. The Jordan Volleyball Federation will organise an eight-team volleyball tournament, which will be held from 24th to 31st May in Amman.
“The expansion of the NAS Sports Tournament to Egypt and Jordan this year is a testimony to the tournament’s success and growth over the past five years,” said Ali Omar Al Baloushi, Member of the tournament’s Higher Organising Committee and Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Events.
Registration for the fencing, padel, wheelchair basketball, night challenge, the 5km and 10km run, cycling and jiu-jitsu competitions is still open and those interested can register through the Dubai Sports Council website.