UAE national team heads to Azerbaijan for 4th Islamic Solidarity Games

DUBAI � The UAE national team’s 28 athletes have left for Azerbaijan to compete in the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku from 12th to 22nd May, 2017.

The UAE contingent is led by Dawood Al Hajri, Acting Secretary-General of the National Olympic Committee as Chief De Mission; Brigadier-General Abdul Malik Jani, Director of National Olympic Academy as Deputy Chief De Mission, and Ahmed Al Tayeb, Director of Technical and Sports Affairs as Delegation Manager.

The official delegation also included Abdul Mohsin Fahad Al Dosari, Assistant Secretary-General of Sports Affairs at the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare.

The games are featuring the participation of 57 Islamic countries from three continents. As many as 28 athletes will be representing the UAE in eight games, including in shooting, athletics, weightlifting, judo, taekwondo, karate, and table tennis.

The shooting team is represented by Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who had been selected as Games Ambassador. Shooters include Mohammed Hussain Ali Ahmed and Saif bin Fettais in skeet events. Abdullah Mohammed Buhlaiba, Hamad Al Ghandi, and Zaher Hamad Al Oriani in double trap. Ahmed Al Hafeeti will compete in Rifle 10 m (men) and Latifa Yaqoob Al Mazami will compete in Rifle 10 m (women).

The Judo team includes Khalifa Al Hosani (66 KG), Mehal Shtein (90 KG) and Even Rimanko (100 KG). Also travelling is the Karate team with Khalifa Al Abbar, the individual Kata player, Horaa Al Ajmi competing in Comite (50KG), and Al Mur Rashid Al Marri (69 KG).

Dawood Al-Hajri stressed the importance of representing the UAE at the event, saying, “We should seize every opportunity to raise the UAE’s flag high in sports arenas, since sport plays a pivotal role in bringing people together. Therefore, our delegation is required to spare no effort and do their level best in this event. This stems from the directives of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the National Olympic Committee, who highlighted the importance to compete well in all events. Our athletes understand this and bear the responsibility of raising the UAE’s flag and achieving success and excellence.”

“Our leadership spares no effort to support the Emirati athletes and is keen to hone skills, so as to climb the podiums,” added Al-Hajri.

Source: Emirates News Agency