Athletes from all parts of the globe will come to Abu Dhabi to take part in an annual sports contest during the holy month.
Now in its 23rd year, the Zayed Sports Tournament to begin in the first week of Ramadan is expected to host 2,750 local and international athletes.
The 21-day event will see the participants compete in various sports activities.
Just like in past years, this latest edition pays tribute to the country’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, while at the same time promoting the nationwide Year of Tolerance theme.
The concept of tolerance has long been championed by the tournament, with athletes being able to freely compete regardless of race, colour and religion.
“The culture of tolerance, which is the strong foundation of the UAE’s long-standing human heritage, encourages work and living in accordance with the highest humanitarian principles that constitute a sustainable and solid foundation for a society that enjoys happiness, love, brotherhood and harmony among all,” said Lt. General Hilal Kaabi, chairman of the organising committee of the tournament.
“We are proud to be able to bring this large crowd of fans and teams together in a spirit of fraternal sportsmanship during the blessed month of Ramadan,” commented Shaikha Al Kaabi, CEO of the Armed Forces Officers Club & Hotel, which will be hosting the games.
“In 2019, the tournament will see a variety of competitions involving 15 different sports, including basketball, football, Shooting, swimming, judo, jujitsu, muay thai, chess and volleyball, as well as gymnastics, handball, karting, archery, ice hockey and table tennis that has been added this year.”
For teams and individual registration, visit: zayedtournament.com