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Archery in the First School Olympics in UAE

Abu Dhabi (UAE) - Monday, June 10, 2013

The “First School Olympics” was organised from 28-30 April 2013 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab of Emirates. The competition included six sports (Archery, Athletics, Fencing, Gymnastics, Shooting and Swimming).

90 athletes (45 boys and 45 girls) aged 13-14 years old represented nine school districts from all over the United Arab of Emirates participated in the archery tournament. The main objective of this project was to identify the best archers through these centres who will then take part in the National School Olympics event. The project was to select 10 best archers and train them until a specific date. Then the best 4 archers were selected to attend the major event that took place in Armed Forces Officers Club in Abu Dhabi.

The School Olympics was organised thanks to the great contribution and collaboration of the Ministry of Education, General Authority of Youth & Sports Welfare, U.A.E Interschool Sports Association and the National Olympic Committee.

It was officiated by four judges: Ahmed KOURA (EGY), International Judge, and Hany Abdel Mawgoud (EGY), Essam ERRACHIDI (MAR) and Hesham SALAMA (EGY), National Judges.

The winners of the event are:

Boys’ category:

Khalid Ahmed SAED from Fujairah Educational Zone
Gold medal with 237 points
Sultan Hussein ABDULLAH from Ajman Educational Zone
Silver medal with 234 points
Ahmad DARWISH from Abu Dhabi Office
Bronze medal with 222 points

Girls’ category:

Nora Aaron IBRAHIM MOHAMED from Ajman Educational Zone
Gold medal with 266 points
Hashim AHAMD from Dubai Educational Zone
Silver medal with 246 points
Salem Abdul RAHMAN from Sharjah Educational Zone
Bronze medal with 233 points
Juwayriyah Ahmed ALI from Dubai Educational Zone
Bronze Medal with 233 points

This 1st round has been satisfactory with a good room for improvements towards upcoming successful ones. This is a good step toward archery development in the UAE nation in future cooperation between Emirates Olympic Committee and Italian Olympic Committee with an injected budget of 2,500,000 DHS.

Ahmed KOURA
International Judge
Secretary General of the Federation of African Archery

Edited by World Archery Communication

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