Jawaher Al Qasimi recognises female athletes’ achievements


SHARJAH: Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, the Wife of H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairwoman of the Sharjah Women’s Sports Foundation, has confirmed that there has been a significant transformation in the approach to developing female athletes and elevating the standards of women’s sports. This integrated model has played a pivotal role in nurturing women’s talents and preparing them to achieve even greater success with boundless aspirations.

Sheikha Jawaher’s statement coincided with the conclusion of the 2023/2024 sports season for the Sharjah Women’s Sports Club. The club achieved remarkable success this season, surpassing its previous performance. The total number of medals won increased dramatically, reaching 533 coloured medals, which is 198 more than the previous season’s total of 335 medals. The achievements comprised 172 gold medals, 181 silver medals, and 180 bronze medals.

Sheikha Jawaher emphasised the Sharjah leadership’s commitment to supporting the athletic abilities of Emirati wome
n. This approach is supported by H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, who prioritises the needs of women in the sports sector. The focus is on providing an environment that fosters continued achievement while respecting privacy, and supports women’s sporting and social roles. This effort aims to invest significant resources in promoting a healthy lifestyle and enhancing achievements in this area.

This accomplishment is seen as a tangible result of the Sharjah Women’s Sports Foundation and the Sharjah Women’s Sports Club’s efforts to promote women’s sports. It demonstrates the club’s dedication to achieving success at both local and international levels, and proves that the sports teams are prepared to overcome challenges and compete fairly in tournaments.

The club’s impressive achievements were the direct result of meticulous planning and thorough work executed by the technical and administrative staff before each game. The management has implemented co
mprehensive programs to improve the players’ athletic abilities and ensure their readiness to compete in tournaments, utilizing both internal and external training as well as preparation camps.

During the season, the club launched several initiatives that contributed to achieving these impressive results, the most important of which was providing specialized sports equipment and equipment, raising the budget allocated to the camps, and ensuring participation in foreign tournaments, in addition to the governance of the training programs supervised by the organization’s planning and technical follow-up department, these development initiatives have had a positive impact on the overall performance of the season’s events.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Paris 2024: Setting new standards in sustainable sport events, seeking to cut carbon footprint of the Games by 50%


PARIS: The Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024 have established new, and elevated existing, international standards in economic, social and environmental sustainability, which look set to transform the future of global sporting events.

In collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and international bodies, such as the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris 2024 has taken the initiative to update, introduce and implement the following standardS.

Paris 2024 has collaborated with ISO to help them align with Paris 2024’s actions to reduce its carbon footprint while maximising social and economic benefits. Adhering to the ISO 20121 standard is a requirement for all Organising Committees of the Olympic Games. The revised ISO 20121:2024 standard, approved in February 2024, now encompasses a wider scope to address topics such as impact and legacy, human rights, climate action and accessibility.

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024 is the first to benefit from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guides on Impact Assessment TO help event organisers monitor and evaluate the social, economic and environmental impacts of their events. the Paris 2024 Organising Committee has collaborated with the IOC and OECD to create key performance indicators (KPIs) for assessing the long-term impact of the Games.

For the Olympic Games Paris 2024, the IOC has created equal opportunities for male and female athletes to participate on the world’s largest sporting stage. The quota places were distributed 50:50. This means the Olympic Games Paris 2024 are gender equal.

Organisers aim to cut the carbon footprint of the Games by 50% compared to the average of London 2012 and Rio 2016, aligning with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, while creating lasting social and economic benefits for the local population, which can be visible long before the Opening Ceremony.

”Improving the sustainability of the Olympic Games and en
suring they create lasting, measurable benefits for local populations even before the event are amongst the IOC’s top priorities. Paris 2024, as the first edition of the Games aligned with our strategic roadmap, Olympic Agenda 2020, is setting new standards for sports events in France and beyond, and providing a pragmatic toolbox for future sports events organisers,” said Marie Sallois, Director of Sustainability, International Olympic Committee.

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Youth, Master categories of Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Rio de Janeiro see fierce competition


RIO DE JANEIRO: The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam (ADGS) Jiu-Jitsu World Tour kicked off on Friday in Rio de Janeiro, with crowds flocking to see the competition. The three-day event is taking place at the Carioca Arena, featuring 2,000 male and female fighters from around the world, with strong competitors in the junior category.

The ADGS Rio de Janeiro is the most competitive and the largest in terms of participant numbers compared to previous rounds, due to the popularity of Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil and the high number of practitioners.

Headlining the first day of the event, the Youth category saw fierce competition from the UAE’s Commando Group team, who secured fourth place with a total of 35,000 points, surpassing many international clubs and academies.

The ADGS Rio de Janeiro concludes on Sunday, with the Professional category matches, featuring the most experienced practitioners in the sport, including brown and black belt holders from the UAE, Brazil, Colombia, Kazakhstan, and other countries.

Rodrigo Valerio,
Director of Operations at the Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Professional (AJP), said that the championship, held in Brazil for its tenth season in 2024-2025, is seeing record participation featuring stars from outside Brazil.

He affirmed that the championship offers an ideal opportunity for practitioners worldwide to develop and refine their skills, highlighting the AJP’s commitment to providing an exceptional sporting experience for Jiu-Jitsu enthusiasts worldwide.

Saturday’s matches saw black-belt masters of the men’s division take to the mats, delivering remarkable performances. In the under 56kg category of the Master 1 category, Emerson Cassio and Deeysson Cardoso were evenly matched, with Emerson pulling off a last-minute sweep and closing the scoreboard at 9-7 to become the lightweight champion in his home country.

For the featherweight final, Leo Alves brought a very technical Jiu-Jitsu to the under 62kg category. Facing the Chilean Nicolas Ponce, the Brazilian athlete came out victorious with a 3-0 score.

69kg – Thiago Macedo vs Thiago Marques

The under 69 category saw Thiago Macedo and Thiago Marques face off, ending with a narrow 1-0 score, with Thiago Macedo taking the ADGS gold.

Luan Carvalh went up against Lucas Barros in the under 77kg final. Luan kept the upper hand and, in the final seconds of the bout, landed a takedown counter and closed the scoreboard at 6-1 to become the welterweight champion.

In the under 85kg division gold round, Lucas Laet Moutinho was matched against Manoel Junior. With both sides looking for a chance to take the other down, the competitors ended up receiving two penalties for lack of combativeness. With a 3-3 on the scoreboard, the duel remained deadlocked throughout the regulated time. After a takedown attempt during the golden score, Lucas managed to convince the referees and got the victory via decision.

Leandro “Baião” Santos had to face a tough battle before conquering the light heavyweight (under 94kg) title. Going up against Jackson Sousa, Leandro found himself even
ly matched during the five minutes of the regulated time but managed to break the tie and decide the match with a timely sweep, putting the scoreboard at 2-0.

A quick win for the highly decorated Felipe Bezerra in the under 120kg category of the ADGS Rio de Janeiro. In the opening moments of the match, Juan Bitterncourt tried to pull guard but Felipe used the move to quickly slide to the back, locking an iron grip on Juan’s collar and choking the super heavyweight title right out of his opponent.

Meanwhile, the women’s Master 1 division also gave brilliant performances across 4 matches. Alexa Yanes emerged victorious in the under 55kg division and added another gold to her collection of ADGS medals, with a 2-1 score.

In the lightweight final, Andreia Cavalcante needed less than a minute to take the gold medal. Facing Melise Cavenaghi in the Rio de Janeiro mats, Andreia started by pulling guard and immediately attacking the foot, quickly locking the submission and crowning herself an ADGS champion.

Elen Ti
to made full use of her pressure to beat Barbara Brito in the under 70kg final. After a brief struggle while standing up, Elen managed to take her opponent down twice, following the latter move with a back take to put the scoreboard at 7-0.

A very well-balanced match decided the fate of the Master 1 heavyweight gold, as Portugal’s Carla Leal faced the local “Karlona” Albuquerque. With three penalties for each side and 6-6 on the scoreboard, Carla spent the extra minute of the golden score working from the guard, unable to score against her seasoned opponent but doing well enough to convince the referees and take her spot atop the under 95kg podium.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Olympic Games Paris 2024: Pope Francis sees an unmissable opportunity for breaking down prejudices, fostering esteem and harmony


VATICAN: His Holiness Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church, expressed on Friday his hope that the Olympic Games Paris 2024 would be an unmissable opportunity for all those who come from around the world to discover and appreciate each other, to break down prejudices, to foster esteem where there is contempt and mistrust, and friendship where there is hatred.

”The Olympic Games are, by their very nature, about peace, not war, said Pope Francis in his message for the Olympic Games a week before the competitions are set to begin.

welcoming this prestigious international sporting event, to be held from 26 July to 11 August, His Holiness added that sport is a universal language that transcends frontiers, languages, races, nationalities and religions; it has the capacity to unite people, to encourage dialogue and mutual acceptance; it stimulates the surpassing of oneself, forms the spirit of sacrifice, fosters loyalty in interpersonal relations; it invites people to recognise their own limits and the value
of others.

”The Olympic Games, if they remain truly ‘games’, can therefore be an exceptional meeting place between peoples, even the most hostile.”

”On a broader level, I hope that the organisation of these Games will provide the people of France with a wonderful opportunity for fraternal harmony, enabling them to transcend differences and oppositions and strengthen the unity of the Nation,” he said.

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Olympic digital experiences set to serve, delight fans for Paris 2024


PARIS: The stage is set for the Olympic Games Paris 2024, with around 10,500 athletes set to take part, 8.6 million tickets sold, and people coming together all around the world to experience the unique spirit of the Olympic Games.

Whether in Paris, or at home, a host of Olympic digital innovations and offerings have been designed to give people everywhere more ways to experience and join in all the magic, entertainment and joy of the Olympic Games Paris 2024. The official app of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024 is a vital tool for fans witnessing the magic of the Games firsthand in Paris and those enjoying all the sporting action all over the world.

Fans can experience the Olympic Games like never before by downloading the official app and following Olympic social handles.

Fans can join in the fun with over 15 unique Olympic augmented reality (AR) features available through the official Olympics app, on the Olympics’ official SnapChat handle, at competition venues and on the streets of Paris.

Olympic social handles, together with Paris 2024, will bring all the magic of the Olympic Games to fans across the world, with 40 different handles, in 9 languages, delivering an estimated 25,000 posts across the two weeks.

Paris 2024 will also feature the first-ever Olympic Creator Programme, in collaboration with Instagram, YouTube and TikTok, inviting content collaborators outside the world of sport to experience all the magic of the Olympic Games. Sharing their experience will bring unique, diverse and creative perspectives for fans to follow.

”Paris 2024 will be a celebration of sport and more than sport. People from all corners of the world, of all ages and backgrounds, will join together in a celebration of community, inspiration and joy. We aim to bring this spirit to life, delighting fans everywhere, through diverse, fun and engaging digital experiences,” said Leandro Larrosa, IOC Digital Engagement and Marketing Director.

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UAE Team Emirates’ Pogacar wins at Isola 2000


ALPES-MARITIMES: Tadej Pogacar of UAE Team Emirates honoured once again his yellow jersey at the Tour de France, this time by winning stage 19, Embrun-Isola 2000 (144.6 km with the climbs of the Col de la Bonnette and the summit arrival).

The Slovenian rider attacked from the group of favourites at 8.7 km to the arrival, after that UAE Team Emirates had worked perfectly for controlling the gap from the main breakaway of the day.

When the yellow jersey accelerated, there were still six former members of the breakaway preceding him, with Matteo Jorgenson (Visma-Lease a Bike) leading the race with 2’40’ on Pogacar.

Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease a Bike) and Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-Quick Step) could not follow UAE Team Emirates’ captain, who began a sort of mountain time trial that saw him overtake all the six riders preceding him: he was the solo leader at 1,900 metres to the arrival and from that moment he could enjoy each stroke of the pedal that gave him his 4th stage victory in the Grande Boucle 2024.

Pog
acar: ‘My teammates and I have talked already of how badly we wanted to race this day, and we raced as we said, setting everything up to the point when I attacked. It was perfect. I was a little bit empty in the final two kilometres of the stage. When I caught Carapaz and Simon Yates, I felt I was already on my limit. Then I saw Matteo and pushed through to overtake him at great speed. That killed my legs, and I was afraid that he might come back to outsprint me. He was very strong today, as was the rest of the breakaway. Chapeau to all of them.’

Second place of Jorgenson at 21′, João Almeida was 7th at 2′ and the Portuguese athlete strengthened his 4th position in the GC.

Pogacar will face stage 20 (132.8 km from Nice to the summit arrival of the Col de la Couillole, facing the climbs of the Col de Braus, the Col du Turini, the Col de la Colmiane) with 5’03’ on Vingegaard ad 7’01’ on Evenepoel.

Source: Emirates News Agency