Saudi and Emirati teams test skills in basketball tournament

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Jeddah United, the only representative of the Kingdom, led the Emirati Shabab Al-Ahli with an exceptional performance. (Supplied)
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The event was organized by Jeddah United Sports Academy and ended in Dubai on Saturday.  (Supplied)
Updated 11 March 2019
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Saudi and Emirati teams test skills in basketball tournament

  • Jeddah United were the only Saudi team taking part in the tournament
  • This event comes 12 years after the first women’s sports exchange in 2007

JEDDAH: Four Saudi and Emirati teams competed in a series of basketball matches as part of the under-16 Women’s Gulf Sports Exchange Initiative, which aims to help teams gain experience and prepare for local and Gulf competitions. 

The event was organized by Jeddah United Sports Academy and ended in Dubai on Saturday. 

Jeddah United, the only representative of the Kingdom, led the Emirati Shabab Al-Ahli with an exceptional performance. The American University’s team competed with Jam Sports Academy in a friendly atmosphere. 

All participants displayed a high level of sportsmanship, and were keen to acquire expertise and benefit from the matches to improve their performance in official competitions.

The tournament was attended by the players’ parents along with a number of directors including Hamda Al-Shamsi, director of Al-Ahli Club’s women’s sports department, and the director of Jeddah United Sports Academy, Maali Al-Abdali.

They stressed the importance of the initiative and its role in improving the technical level of the teams, promoting sportsmanship and increasing the contact between teams of the same professional level.

“The sports exchange aims at spreading the culture of sportsmanship and good sports ethics in addition to consolidation the culture of respect for the opponent,” they said, noting that “during the matches, many players displayed a high level of basketball skills.”

“This event comes 12 years after the first women’s sports exchange in 2007, which was followed by a series of friendly games and competitions,” they said.


Saudi Arabia enjoy more golden success at Special Olympics

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Saudi Arabia enjoy more golden success at Special Olympics

  • Kingdom's athletes claim three golds, one silver and three bronzes on day four in Abu Dhabi.
  • Saudi Arabia medal tally now up to an impressive 25.

LONDON: Saudi Arabia enjoyed another good day at the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi winning three golds, one silver and three bronzes to take their medal tally to an impressive 25 after four days.
Abdulaziz Alharthi got the day off to a great start in the pool, the 17-year-old from Jeddah picking up gold in the men’s 25m freestyle.
That was then followed up with the second gold of the day as Mohammed Alolayan powered home in the 5,000m. It was his second medal of the Games after he took home a bronze in the triathlon.
Moayed Aldarwish completed the hat-trick of golds coming home first in the 400m.


That was not the end of the success for the Kingdom as Fares Almateq and Naif Alshammari won silver in the men’s doubles table tennis. This was Fares’ second win of the week, having impressively won gold in the men’s singles event earlier.
Heba Shawli then became another multiple-medal winner when she took home the bronze in the softball throw event — she having won gold in the 25m run event.
Faisal Algosaibi and Faris Khouj, also part of the 4x100m freestyle relay team, each won bronze in their division of the 25m freestyle swimming.


Other winners of multiple medals include Hassan Alhadhariti, who won three golds and one silver in powerlifting; Sara Felemban and Jana Albeshri, who both won silver in bocce women’s singles and women’s team events, and Shahad Sunbul, who won silver in the bocce women’s team event and bronze in the bocce women’s singles event.