Dubai Sports World mass recreation takes off

Dubai Sports World mass recreation takes off

Multi-discipline health and tournaments-based activities under one roof

By Moni Mathews (principal Correspondent)

Published: Mon 22 Jun 2015, 11:57 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:12 PM

Shuttle Time Dubai trainees seen with Badminton World Federation secretary Thomas Lund (centre, last row) at the opening of the Dubai Sports World 2015 at the World Trade Center in Dubai on Sunday. — Photo by Mukesh Kamal

Shuttle Time Dubai trainees seen with Badminton World Federation secretary Thomas Lund (centre, last row) at the opening of the Dubai Sports World 2015 at the World Trade Center in Dubai on Sunday. — Photo by Mukesh Kamal/ Khaleej Times

Dubai — The fifth edition of the Dubai Sports World mass recreation and tournaments opened its doors to the public in what is the single largest happening of such kind under a single roof in the Middle East.

Gates will be open from 8am to 1am every day till August 29. Pay and play will be the basis of participation in most of the disciplines while a 400m track is always available free on a knee friendly soft track for those who want to venture into more robust activities.

Opening the event at the massive Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) hall was Saeed Hareb, secretary general of the Dubai Sports Council, and along with him presenting the event was Ahmed Alkhaja, senior vice president, Venues, DWTC, senior officials and sponsor representatives.

“This is a great opportunity for everyone to make an attempt to keep fit and participate in tournaments the inexpensive yet effective way. This is an event that makes way for the residents and visitors to take part in health oriented programmes for over two months with a single venue door to as many disciplines as possible,” said Hareb.

There is a line of programmes designed and executed by experts and instructors in indoor soccer, badminton, basketball, fitness centres, running, rugby, volleyball, tennis, cricket and many more full action-based sports all like it was at the 2014 edition of the DSW.

Godolphin stables has a strong presence with their simulation saddles where three ‘riders’ can take part at one time with a screen in front to give the actual hands on feeling of riding in any big race you want.

Ankit Kirit Matani, unit manager with Aal-Mir Trading, said: “ It was a new but wonderful experience to feel what it is like in a real race situation in a jockey’s place.” His colleague Uttam Khutale, manager at Nasco Insurance, said: “From the side it did not look as interesting. Once on the saddle it was great fun and a learning experience to feel what it is up on the saddle.”

Badminton (six courts) and table tennis (12 tables) facilities are available with free equipment. The table tennis programmes arranged are in tune with the world event here and the participation of the Chinese national squads which for the past seasons had the backing of the Dubai Government.

There was a strong presence of sports lovers on the day at the hall where the badminton courts with free equipment and hova covered courts was the scene of hectic activity. Shuttle Time Dubai which has grassroot level promotions in line with the second BWF world superseries finals in Dubai in December this year, was able to attract well over 100 participants of all ages.

Former Denmark international and the world federation’s secretary general Thomas Lund, said: “I was here two years ago and badminton was a quiet scene at the DSW but from last year after Shuttle Time Dubai’s promotions, badminton has grown fast with so many here to exercise as well take up the sport seriously.”

“Badminton will see Shuttle Time Dubai, a direct government initiative, organise the UAE’s first ever inter club team badminton championships for two levels at the six available courts apart from the regular initiation camps and programmes,” said Jaffer Ebrahim, Bahrain national champion and Shuttle Time Dubai coordinator.

Leading personalities will be on hand to provide expertise and coaching tips to youngsters who want to take up sports seriously at this summer’s fifth DSW.

This year top UAE national team personalities and internationally rated instructors at the skate riding and extreme sports zones will be available to the public for interactive sessions.

These representatives will also help identify the upcoming talent, and children of all ages and the most promising youngsters will be invited to take part in a final trial, after which the sports stars will crown various winners as the ‘DSW Stars of 2015’.

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