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The Duathlon UAE Family Virtual Race, which was held in its first edition last Friday, under the patronage and participation of Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Department of Tourism Development in Ajman, achieved a great success. The race was launched on-air with the participation of families from the UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Spain, including children, adults, men, and women. The race was marked by great interest from sports officials, as it was followed by Saeed Harib, Secretary-General of Dubai Sports Council, Khalid Al Fahim, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association, Ahmed Al-Haj, Vice President of the Association, Abdulmalik Jani, Secretary-General, and the two members Asmaa Al Janahi and Ahmed Al Shamsi.
The race also witnessed the follow-up and participation of Sheikh Dr. Saqr bin Salman Al Khalifa, Assistant Undersecretary for Youth and Sports in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Sheikh Hamdan bin Surur Al Sharqi, Sheikh Muhammad Al Qasimi, and businessman Jamal Al Shafar.
The race is dedicated to teams, with each family participating in a team of two or three first-degree relatives’ members. Each team shall include a child not more than 14 years old. The race took place in a positive atmosphere in three stages, starting with running for 10 minutes, then riding a bike for 5 minutes, and then running again. The race was held in two stages, due to a large number of participants, and was the youngest contestant at the age of three years. The race saw the distinguished participation of the Al Jasmi family, who formed a team of the grandfather, father, and grandson.
Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Nuaimi praised the success of the Duathlon Virtual Family Race and said: “I was very happy with the large numbers of sports families participating, and with the distinguished organization of the race that appeared honorably despite the distance between the participants. However, everyone felt brotherhood and the spirit of competition during the race, which brought together many families who were keen to raise the value of playing sports despite the exceptional circumstances we live in. He thanked the UAE Triathlon Association for its unprecedented initiative and called on the rest of the sports federations to follow the same path.
Saeed Harib, Secretary-General of Dubai Sports Council, praised the idea of holding a Duathlon family race remotely. He said that the UAE Triathlon Association is one of the most important sports institutions that took care of the family during the Corona crisis. This is a sustainable model that supports the slogan "Unified House". He thanked the association’s management for the distinguished activity during the period of interruption of external activity due to the precautionary measures of the emerging virus. He called on all sports federations and institutions to generalize the association's experience in holding virtual competitions.
He added: “Thanks to the Triathlon Association, you have given the family its right and this is counted for the association because it provided a unique model and great proof that the UAE community is always united to overcome any difficulties, whatever their size. The event was a great success, and the idea is very excellent. The race was a wonderful family meeting, which spread the spirit of sport within the same family, and emphasized the concept of sport as a general culture necessary for the family”.
Khaled Al Fahim, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Triathlon Association, thanked Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, whose presence enriched the race. He also thanked all the characters who followed and participated in the race. He said: «This is the first race to integrate family and members of society, and perhaps it represents a wonderful opportunity to get to know and expand the circle of families who practice sport». He thanked the Organizing Committee for the race, the sports families, and the children whose attendance had a beautiful effect that made everyone happy. He stressed that the idea of holding a family race is a wonderful race and it has a great role in building families that are pulsating with sports culture. Therefore, the family race will be adopted as a new category in the upcoming tournaments, after the great success achieved in the first version.
It is worth noting that the Duathlon family race witnessed a very enthusiastic and beautiful atmosphere through the presence of children. It also showed the great work done by the association that led it in the recent periods to appear strongly in the sports field, which appeared through the great welcome that I have found from many officials and those interested in the sports field.