Sportswomen from 18 Arab nations all set to be put to test at AWST 2020 starting tomorrow

11-day tournament presents opportunity to all UAE’s sports fans to watch region’s best female athletic talents compete in nine sport disciplines

Wadad hachichou

Sharjah, February 1, 2020

Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of Sharjah Women’s Sports (SWS), the fifth edition of the Arab Women Sports Tournament (AWST) kicks off tomorrow (Sunday), with the participation of 78 clubs from 18 countries.

This is the tournament’s largest-ever participation, and is expected to witness fierce competition across nine game categories through the 11-day event, which runs until February 12, 2020, in Sharjah.

The opening ceremony will be attended by Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Head of the Supreme Organising Committee (SOC) of AWST; Sheikha Hayat Bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa, Chairperson of AWST’s Preparatory Committee; as well as ambassadors, consul generals from different Arab countries, and several high-ranking sports officials.

Mustafa Al Agha and Hussain Al Jassmi

Media sports personality, Mustafa Al Agha, is the official host of the opening ceremony, which will seeExtraordinaire Goodwill Ambassador and well-known Emirati singer, Hussain Al Jassmi, perform AWST’s anthem, ‘Arab Women’, an ode to the growing status of Arab women’s sports, and will highlight Sharjah’s role as an incubator for female athletes. The event will also have attractive light shows.

AWST invites the nation to tournament’s opening ceremony

AWST’s SOC has invited sports fans from across theUAE to attend the opening ceremony as well as the competitions, having confirmed that preparations for the opening ceremony, carried out in cooperation with in cooperation with the Sharjah Sports Club in Samnan, are fully complete.

HE Nada Askar Al Naqbi, Deputy Head of AWST’s Supreme Organising Committee, Head of AWST’s Executive Committee and Director General of Sharjah Women’s Sports (SWS) noted: “With all preparations for the tournament absolutely complete, we are excited to embark on a new journey and celebration of women’s sports, which will be decorated by sentiments of fair play and will strengthen friendships among our fraternal Arab nations. We hope to see some terrific competitions in the coming days, which will further the advancement of women in sports. We are certain that AWST’s participants will conduct themselves in a way that befits them and the countries they represents.”

For his part, HE Mohamed Juma Bin Hindi, Chairman of Sharjah Sports Club, commented: “We are ready to write a new chapter of accomplishments in regional women’s sports, and our Club is proud to be AWST’s opening ceremony venue. The tournament was an outcome of the unwavering support of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi, and reflects the importance of creating equitable opportunities in sports. We hope to witness an extraordinary tournament, which will add to Sharjah’srich history of developing the sporting landscape as a key pillar of progress.”

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