Officials attend a press conference in Abu Dhabi.
Zayed Sports tournament will give ladies all over the UAE a chance to enjoy a variety of sports, develop their athletic skills, and win valuable prizes.
The tournament will feature 16 different sports activities including basketball, football, swimming, judo, jiu-jitsu, muay thai, chess, volleyball and gymnastics, which will take place at the Armed Forces Officers Club & Hotel, Yas Marina Circuit, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi Ladies Club, and other locations.
During a press conference held at Armed Forces Officers Club, and in the attendance of representatives from FBMA, the Armed Forces Officers Club and the Women’s Football Committee (WFC), the Academy revealed its first participation in Zayed Sports Tournament, with activities tailored to women in the UAE community. In collaboration with the Armed Forces Officers Club, FBMA will be organising three new ladies-only sports tournaments this year, which are Basketball, Handball, and Archery.
The Basketball tournament will be held May 9 at Abu Dhabi Ladies Club, and will include cash prizes of Dhs45,000, where Dhs20,000 will go to the first place winner, Dhs15,000 to the second place winner, and Dhs10,000 to the third place winner.
The Archery tournament will then take place on May 15 May at Abu Dhabi Cricket Club, and will include cash prizes of Dhs10,000, where Dhs4,000 will go to the first place winner, Dhs3,000 to the second place winner, Dhs2,000 to the third place winner, and Dhs1,000 to the fourth place winner.
The Handball tournament will take place on May 16 at Abu Dhabi Ladies Club, and will include cash prizes of Dhs30,000, where Dhs15,000 will go to the first place winner, Dhs10,000 to the second place winner, and Dhs5,000 to the third place winner.
Moreover, similar to the previous year, the Women’s Football Committee (WFC) will be organising a football tournament during the Holy Month, which aims to encourage girls from all over the world to compete in a friendly football game, and win cash prizes as a token of gratitude to their participation and their athletic skills.
FBMA representative, Fatima Al Ameri, said: “As we are approaching Zayed Sports tournament, one of the leading sporting events in the country, held in honour of the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, I would like to wish all the ladies the best of luck in the tournament, as we always strive to increase the number of aspiring and talented female athletes in the UAE, encourage their participation in sports events and enhance their presence in global sports tournaments.”
“We would like to express our appreciation to Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Mother of the Nation, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, for her constant support, which motivates us to keep moving forward, organising successful tournaments, and inspiring ladies in the UAE to get involved in sports,” Ameri added.
Around 19 teams are taking part in the tournament held in Holy Ramadan since 2011 in the memory of late Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
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