Asmaa Al Janahi: A Paradigm Shift for the Triple Sport in the New Season
Remarkable Success for UAE Virtual Triathlon Initiatives
Asmaa Yousuf Al Janahi, a member of the Board of Directors of the UAE Triathlon Association, a member of the Women's Committee of the Asian Triathlon Confederation, confirmed that the success of the association’s initiatives during the period of stopping the sporting activity did not come from a vacuum. Rather, it came with sound planning for the nature of the current stage, and the participation of athletes from different groups of society. Therefore, success was an ally of all the initiatives that were set during the last period.
She said: "The association continued its work after developing the mechanism of work to become all remotely, so we started daily exercises for athletes under the supervision of coaches through using videoconferencing technology. We have found great responses, which encouraged us to launch the virtual races that brought together all athletes from various sports until the participants reached record numbers, the most important of which was the presence of 10 Arab and European countries, which encouraged us to continue to introduce new initiatives".
She explained that the association organized during the past two months 9 virtual competitions under the name of “UAE Virtual Duathlon”, which was dedicated to adults and children, people of determination, and families. The association devised new standards for virtual races and a new mechanism for calculating results after several meetings with members of arbitration. Five races were held for adults and children, and one for families, in addition to three championships for people of determination. The races of the People of Determination won great praise from the participating athletes, as these races provided an opportunity for their families to continue their performance during the race and encourage them, which was what they missed during the tournaments held outside the country.
She explained that the UAE Family Virtual Duathlon, which was held with the support and participation of Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, had the largest numerical participation in all races and was the most successful and distinguished among all races. It was also characterized by high sporting spirit and family sporting pulse, through the presence of distinguished sports families who were keen to be present in the event. In emphasizing the importance of the impact that the race would leave, the family race category was adopted in the upcoming tournaments to build Triathlon families that take sports as a lifestyle.
She praised the cooperation of the ITU, Asian Triathlon Confederation, sports councils and youth centers in the country with the association in supporting community initiatives and raising awareness of the sport of triathlon locally and continental.
She added that the new sporting season will be the Triple Sports Season «Triathlon, Duathlon, and Aquathlon», and she said: «We seek to make a qualitative leap for these sports, and the family race category will be added in the official races of the association and also within the competitions organized by companies specialized in organizing the sporting events, and we will focus on buds and youth in cooperation with all concerned institutions such as councils and clubs, and our great goal is to raise the UAE flag on the continental and international coronation platforms. She pointed out that the activities embody the visions adopted by the association that nothing is impossible in the dictionary of the UAE as we have learned from our wise leadership from which we always draw strength. She added that the association will continue its initiatives, because the achievements do not stop with the presence of challenges, but on the contrary, they are more creative.