Jawaher Al Qasimi Witnesses Opening offifth Arab Women Sports Tournament

• 78 clubs from 18 Arab nations will compete across nine sports categories
• Basketball, volleyball, shooting, karate, and show jumping competitions begin today
• Hussain Al Jassmi performs AWST 2020 anthem ‘Arab Women’ at the opening ceremony
• UAE tops participation list with 15 clubs that will compete in all nine sports

 

Wadad Hachichou 

Sharjah

 

Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of Sharjah Women’s Sports (SWS), witnessed the opening ceremony of the fifth edition of Arab Women Sports Tournament (AWST) on Sunday.

 

A record number of 78 clubs from 18 Arab countries have participated in AWST 2020. The tournament is organised by SWS and runs until February 12 across various sporting venues in Sharjah.

 

Media sports personality, Mustafa Al Agha, was the official host of the opening ceremony, which took place at the Sharjah Sports Club. The inaugural proceedings began with the UAE National Anthem, followed by the official flag raising ceremony of participating countries and the official athletes and referees pledge. The ceremony also entertained audience and attendees with an attractive light shows and performances that highlighted the various offerings of AWST 2020 to the audience.

 

This was followed by AWST 2020 anthem ‘Arab Women’, performed by Extraordinaire Goodwill Ambassador and well-known Emirati singer, Hussain Al Jassmi. The anthem is an ode to the growing status of Arab women’s sports, and lauds Sharjah’s role as an incubator for female athletes.

 

Welcoming all participating Arab nations to Sharjah, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimihighlighted the regional importance of the tournament, and the key role it plays in supportingsportswomen’s dreams and ambitions.

 

Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi thanked His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, for continuously supporting women through directives to provide all that is necessary to empower them in all fields.

 

Wishing all participants the best for AWST 2020, Her Highness noted: “Through your determination and intensive efforts, you and your peers in the Arab world have achieved many feats that make us proud. Arab sportswomen are successfully changing the realities of the region by following their dreams with resolve; rewriting traditional narratives of duty and achievement attributed to Arab women. This tournament furthers Sharjah’s commitment to making sports more inclusive and accessible to women, a pillar of the region’s development journeyand a bridge between cultures.”.

Future of Women Sports in Arab Media

On the side-lines of AWST, a session titled ‘Future of Women Sports in Arab Media’ on Tuesday, February 4, targeting Arab sports media professionals and influencers. The session is aimed at highlightingopportunities and challenges in women’s sports, and present suggestions to the media industry and decision-makers to augment their role in advancingwomen’s sports.

 

New additions

The Supreme Organising Committee (SOC) of AWST 2020 announced the inclusion of two new trophies: ‘Best Cheerleader Cup’ and ‘Best Audience Cup’, to complement the tournament’s Supremacy Cup, Excellence Cup and Fair Play Cup. In addition, AWST will honour the best committee operating under the executive committee of the tournament, as well as the best local sports union under the criteria of cooperation and involvement, and the best Arab sports union.

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