Sunday, December 22, 2013

Hosts Manipal Unversity-Dubai lifted the second annual five-day inter-university sports festival at their campus in Dubai Academic City. 

Ten universities namely the American University of Sharjah (AUS); University of Wollongong — Dubai (UOWD); Middlesex University — Dubai; the University of Sharjah (UoS); Rochester Institute of Technology — Dubai; Heriot Watt University — Dubai; Gulf Medical University — Ajman; Amity University — Dubai; the Canadian University of Dubai; and Manipal University — Dubai, battled for supremacy in cricket, soccer, basketball, badminton, table tennis, volleyball, chess and throwball.

Prize winners with officials of the Manipal Unversity-Dubai varsities sports festival
Photo Credit: Cedric Ribeiro

The American University of Sharjah triumphed in table tennis, in men’s basketball; women’s volleyball; and women’s basketball.

The University of Wollongong-Dubai emerged victors in men’s soccer and in the women’s throwball  tourney. Heriot Watt University-Dubai won the chess honours in the men’s category and were placed second in the women’s badminton championship.

Middlesex University-Dubai secured the runners-up position in men’s cricket, table tennis and badminton. Manipal University-Dubai snatched the first place in men’s cricket action, the women’s table tennis team event and also in chess.On the closing day of the festival, the final matches in volleyball and badminton were held. UoS and AUS bagged the first place in volleyball in the men’s and women’s categories. Manipal University-Dubai won gold in badminton in both categories.

The Most Valuable Players, Man of the Matches and special awards for consistent performances in the individual categories were also awarded. Krishnakumar C Negade, coach and head of Facilities at Manipal University-Dubai said: “We have once again succeeded in achieving our objective of hosting a sporting event to promote healthy competition in a friendly environment for the student community.

“It brings me immense pride when we have the top universities commending our sports facilities, team spirit and organisation. We hope to make next year’s festival, bigger and better with more participation.”

Mohammed Adel Al Sati, AUS coach for the men’s volleyball side said: “Tournaments such as Manipal-Dubai’s Sports Festival allows students a chance to interact, compete against each other and provides a platform to ‘break the walls’ between students of different nationalities.”

Doha Tantawy, AUS women’s basketball skipper said: “Manipal-Dubai’s Sports Fest has been a fantastic experience, we got to meet some new teams that we’ve not played with before. Moreover, we got to participate in the tournament and experience a new level of basketball. I really appreciate the efforts of Manipal University who put so much of passion into this tournament. I hope to come back next year and get the trophy as well.”

Alma Raheem, festival organiser and women’s volleyball captain, Manipal University-Dubai said: “Our organising sports committee has been tirelessly working for over four months to ensure that the sports festival was a grand success. To add to it, I am thrilled that my university got the overall trophy.

“We all are very competitive and passionate about sports and this has allowed us to bond with the universities from the other Emirates.” UOWD’s men’s soccer captain, Arian Ajdari said: “ The inter-university tournaments have good and strong teams. Sports festivals are very important for it not only allows them to balance between work and sport but also identifies faults, strengths, builds on character and works as an incentive for higher achievements.”