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Pogačar conquers Tour de France stage 17, keeps GC hopes alive

Tadej Pogačar won his third stage in this Tour de France in a thrilling finale, crossing the finish line first on Peyragudes.

The stage saw the riders face the Pyrenees again with a shark-toothed profile from Saint-Gaudens to Peyragudes over 129km.

Despite UAE Team Emirates showing up at the start with only four men after Marc Soler’s forced retirement yesterday and Rafal Majka today following a muscle injury, the UAE squad lit up the stage.

Mikkel Bjerg took up the work for the second half of the stage at the head of the group keeping a very high pace for many kilometers without giving the escape a chance to gain precious seconds.

Brandon McNulty took over on the second ascent of the day. The American set an incredible pace which he would hold for the final 20km with only Tadej Pogačar and the Yellow Jersey Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) able to keep up with him.

Over the crest of the penultimate climb Pogačar tried to detach Vingegaard, with McNulty coming back to dictate the pace and lead the trio up to the last 500 meters, where Pogačar pushed hard to take victory.

Third place for McNulty, awarded as the most combative rider of the day.

Pogačar said, “The way the team rode today, we couldn’t help but aim for victory. Without George, Rafal, Marc and Vegard we still managed to give our best. Let’s see how it goes tomorrow, but for the moment I’m very happy with this victory. In the final I gave everything, I knew I couldn’t do anything other than win, I owed it to the team. Marc, Brandon and Mikkel did a great job and we were able to give each other strength. There is still an important stage tomorrow and I want to give my best.”

Thursday’s last Pyrenean stage is 143.2 km from Lourdes to Hautacam with three decisive ascents in the second half of the race.

UAE jiu-jitsu team scoops 3 medals during World Games 2022 in US city of Birmingham

The UAE national jiu-jitsu team has won 3 medals during the jiu-jitsu competition at the World Games 2022, which are being held in Birmingham, US state of Alabama.

UAE champion Faisal Al Ketbi won the gold medal in the 85kg weight category, while Muhammad Al Suwaidi claimed the silver medal in the 69kg category, and Shamma Al Kalbani claimed the bronze medal in the 63kg category.

The UAE jiu-jitsu team included 5 male and female athletes who participated in the competitions that took place at the Birmingham-Southern College.

This achievement is the most unprecedented and important for any Emirati sports team in this tournament, as it is a first for the UAE. This edition of the World Games saw the participation of around 3,600 athletes from 100 nations competing across 36 sports. With 3 new medals added, the UAE’s track record in this edition rose to four medals, after Abdulbari Al Qubaisi won the bronze medal in the skydiving competition last week. Moreover, the overall track record of the UAE jiu-jitsu team in the World Games rose to five medals, including two gold, two silver, and one bronze, bringing the overall total of UAE-won medals at the World Games since they started to seven.

Abdel Moneim Al Hashemi, President of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation and the Asian Jiu-Jitsu Union, congratulated the UAE athletes on their great achievement, and wished them luck in adding to the country’s track record in the open weight competitions, which are currently taking place.

For his part, world champion Faisal Al Ketbi expressed his delight at winning the gold medal, and his pride to be able to remain in the lead, after claiming the gold medal in the previous edition of the World Games in Poland.

Egyptian Super Cup to be staged at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium on 28th October

Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) has announced that Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain will host the Egyptian Super Cup on 28th October, at 21:00 GST.

The Super Cup is set to be an ‘el clásico’ between the two most famous clubs in the Arab world – league champion Zamalek, and the runner up, Al Ahly.

It is the fifth time the Egyptian Super Cup is held in the UAE after being hosted twice at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in 2015 and 2018, and twice at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in 2017 and 2020.

The Hazza bin Zayed Stadium is a magnificent architectural masterpiece and a luxurious sports edifice built according to the highest international standards. It features state of the art technologies in line with the requirements of the FIFA Football Association and can accommodate more than 20,000 spectators.

The stadium has won a number of prestigious international awards, including the Best International Stadium Design 2017 award at the World Stadiums Congress.

The Hazza bin Zayed Stadium hosted a number of major international matches, including several of Manchester City’s games, as well as the 2017 and 2018 FIFA Club World Cup and the 2019 AFC Asian Cup matches.

ADSC had signed an agreement with the United Media Services Company and Presentation Sports to stage the two Egyptian Super Cup matches between the two teams that won the League Shield and the Egypt Cup for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons in the UAE.

ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon 2022 reveals new race series edition in build-up to main December event

Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) have announced an all-new Race Series Edition to provide opportunities for the public to train across shorter distances ahead of the fourth edition of the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon, set to take place on 17th December, 2022.

The Race Series Edition is open to people of all ages and will feature three organised runs. The first is scheduled to take place indoors on 3rd September, 2022, and it will offer participants the opportunity to run five kilometres (km) inside Yas Mall Abu Dhabi, or shorter 1km and 3km races. The second event will take place on 8th October, 2022, at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, in Al Ain, and offer an outdoor 10km race as well as 3km and 5km options.

The third run of the series is on 5th November, 2022, just over a month before the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon. It will allow participants to race a 21.1km half-marathon on a new course on Yas Island, as well as 3km, 5km and 10km distances.

Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said, “The new series of community races represent a distinctive addition to the fourth ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon programme and the agenda of our sporting activities in general.

“It further reveals our enduring commitment to encourage the practice of sports among members of society of all age groups and ensure that it promotes our healthy and active lifestyle programme to further improve the Quality of Life Index in Abu Dhabi.”

Dr. Saif Sultan Al Nasseri, Director, Human Capital Directorate at ADNOC, said, “The Race Series Edition provides a great opportunity for members of the public to train and practice their race strategies ahead of the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon and we encourage everyone to take advantage. ADNOC is pleased to support this initiative, and we will continue enabling the well-being of our community through our integrated health and sporting initiatives.”

In keeping with the slogan “For the Community, By the Community”, the Race Series demonstrates how the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon 2022 is driving community engagement and promoting a healthy lifestyle for all UAE residents.

Registration for the Race Series Edition will open in August
https://supersportsuae.com where runners will have the option to select their preferred event and distance or sign up for the whole series.

Organisers have created a special bundle for those eager to participate in the whole Race Series. Individual sign-up for each event is AED55, while entry for the half-marathon, on Yas Island on 5th November, is AED175. Runners who sign up for all three events will receive a 20 per cent discount, with the entry fees starting from AED115.

Additionally, those who have already registered for the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon 2022 will benefit from a 30 per cent discount code for the Race Series Edition.

Registration for the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon 2022 and its accompanying races across 10km, 5km, and 2.5km distances are open via the official website
https://www.adnocabudhabimarathon.com. Those who sign up before 30th September, 2022, will receive a 10 per cent discount.

Last year’s ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon attracted more than 12,000 participants of various ages and abilities, in addition to a sizeable group of elite international athletes. The 42.2km race was held alongside additional 10km, 5km, and 2.5 km competitions to maximise participation from across Abu Dhabi, the wider UAE, and overseas visitors.