It’s a Taekwondo triumph

THE DUBAI Taekwondo championship sponsored by EPPCO lubricants-Caltex was successfully held last week at the Al Ahli Club under the patronage of Shaikh Maktoum bin Saeed bin Thani Al Maktoum.

By David Light (Staff Reporter)

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Published: Sat 26 Apr 2008, 12:03 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:45 PM

The competition embraced 16 teams and 164 players, of which 64 were ladies, from all over the UAE and Oman. It was the first taekwondo Championship in the Emirates that encouraged female players to participate. The turnout and interest shown from the taekwondo enthusiasts was unprecedented.

This championship comes on the back of the fruitful trip to Bahrain by the UAE national team last month. The competition had a variety of age groups and weight classes in combat for the ultimate prize in the Emirates.

The individual results went well for Al Shabab Club whom Emma Khairallah, also a player for the UAE national team that went to Bahrain and competitor in this latest contest, represented. She on behalf of the Dubai Karate Centre wished to thank, “Shaikh Maktoum bin Saeed bin Thani Al Maktoum for his patronage, Caltex for sponsoring the event and being the socially responsible corporation they are and Al Ahli Club for their great cooperation, support and hospitality given to us.”

Also in team Al Shabab was future UAE Olympic hopeful Rashid Bilal Al Mas who won his weight category and helped Al Shabab Club reach second overall in the men’s tournament. He was also awarded ‘Best Player’ out of all 164 participants, a phenomenal achievement.

This is just further evidence that Taekwondo is becoming one of the UAE’s most successful sports and championships such as these will only continue to enhance the popularity of the martial art in the region.

The results for the teams were as follows:

Men

1. Ajman Club School

2. Al Shabab Club

3. Ainawy Centre Gameat

Ladies

1. Al Yahir Private

2. Egyptian Club

3. Multaq Al



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