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

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.


Russian court sentences 11 for Saint Petersburg bombing

Updated 19 min 42 sec ago

Russian court sentences 11 for Saint Petersburg bombing

  • All 10 people had denied the charges, and said they were tortured
  • The defendants were accused of acting as accomplices, by providing Djalilov with explosives and false documents

SAINT PETERSBURG: A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced 11 people to terms including life in prison after finding them guilty of a deadly bomb attack on the Saint Petersburg metro in 2017.
Abror Azimov, a 29-year-old from Kyrgyzstan, was sentenced by a military court in Russia’s second biggest city to life in prison for organizing and participating in a terrorist group.
Ten other people who are also from Central Asia were sentenced to between 19 and 28 years in prison.
All had denied the charges, and said they were tortured.
Shokhista Karimova, 48, pounded the glass of the courtroom cage and cried “let me go” after she was handed a 20-year term.
The bomb blast in April 2017 killed 15 people in the Saint Petersburg metro and wounded dozens more.
The alleged perpetrator, Akbarjon Djalilov, a 22-year-old from Kyrgyzstan, died in the attack.
Ten of the defendants were accused of acting as accomplices, notably by providing Djalilov with explosives and false documents.
The charges ranged from organizing a terrorist group and perpetrating an “act of terror” to weapons trafficking and making explosive devices.
Critics of the case say the defendants’ connection to the attack was not proven and some claimed they were framed by Russia’s FSB security service.
The suspects had been arrested in different Russian cities and detained in Moscow before being transferred to Saint Petersburg for the trial.
The prosecution said the defendants formed two “terrorist cells” in Moscow and Saint Petersburg and helped Djalilov by wiring him money and providing the explosives.
Defense lawyers and prison monitors have pointed to numerous irregularities in the case however and claim that evidence was planted.
One defendant claimed he was kidnapped from a hospital in Kyrgyzstan, while another said last month that they had been framed by the FSB after it “missed the terrorist.”
The bombing was claimed by an obscure group, the Imam Shamil Battalion, which experts say is linked to Al-Qaeda.