Sharjah getting ready for Arab Women Sports fiesta

Al Homor announced the plan SLC is setting for its competitors, focusing their efforts to achieve one important sports goal, which is participating at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.



Sharjah volleyball team won a gold medal at the 2012 AWST. — Supplied photo.

Noura AL Homor, head of Clubs Sports Teams at Sharjah Ladies Club (SLC), has affirmed the progress of the Second Arab Women Sports Tournament 2014 preparations.

AWST 2014 will be hosted by Sharjah Ladies Club from February 2nd to 12th, under the patronage of wife of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, Shaikha Jawahir bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, and Chairperson of Sharjah Ladies Club. Al Homor said: “All SLC teams participating at AWST 2014 have started their intensive training regiment, which consists of daily programmes, in preparation for the Tournament, which is less than 3 months away.”

She added: “SLC participated at the first AWST in 2012 with competitors in five sports, namely basketball, volleyball, table tennis, athletics, and shooting. This year round we have added two more sports to AWST’s line-up, archery and fencing teams, and SLC will be represented in all of the disciplines. “When we first organised the tournament in 2012, it was agreed that it would be held every four years, but the great success it achieved in its first edition, as testified by all stakeholders, made us decide to hold it biennially.” Al Homor explained.

The Head of the Clubs Sports Teams Committee also indicated that all SLC teams participating at AWST 2014 are starting training camps in preparation for the tournament. In this context, the archery and shooting teams will start an internal camp in Al Ain, while the fencing team will be heading to Doha for a 4-day training camp. “It was decided that the volleyball team will head to Bulgaria for a training camp, but the logistics difficulties associated with not having a UAE Embassy in this country caused the plan to be cancelled. We are now looking for an alternative location,” she added.

She also commented on the goals SLC aims to achieve, explaining that the first AWST in 2012 saw SLC teams gain several medals, including gold medals by the volleyball and shooting teams, and a third place by the basketball team, as well as three medals (gold, silver, and bronze) in individual games, while the table tennis Team was not lucky to achieve any medals.

“Our goal in 2014 is to expand our overall achievements, especially now that we are participating in more games. This should be good motivation for players to raise their country’s flag up high in this tournament, and seek the first places among participating Arab countries,” she added.

Al Homor announced the plan SLC is setting for its competitors, focusing their efforts to achieve one important sports goal, which is participating at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.


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