Training and competition venues approved for ASWT 2018 teams

SHARJAH, 19th December, 2017 (WAM) -- The Supreme Organising Committee of the Arab Women Sports Tournament, ASWT 2018, has approved 10 venues for competitions and team training for the fourth edition of the tournament, organised by the Sharjah Women’s Sports Foundation, SWSF, from 2nd to 12th February, 2018.

The decision follows a series of inspections carried out by the members of AWST’s Technical Committee and the members of the Board of Directors of the Union of Arab National Olympic Committees chaired by Prince Talal Badr bin Saud bin Abdul Aziz, President of the Arab Sports Council. They inspected a range of sports facilities in Sharjah to ensure their compliance with technical standards endorsed by the international federations of each sport.

Nada Askar Al Naqbi, Deputy Head of AWST’s Supreme Organising Committee, Head of its Executive Committee and Director General of SWSF, said, "AWST has seen an increase in popularity, the number of participating clubs, sporting events and the level of skills and achievements. This requires us to ensure the competitors have the very best international standards and services."

The facilities will be provided with a fully equipped ambulance service and expert medical teams to intervene quickly to deal with injuries that might occur during the games. The SWSF has contracted with four hospitals to transfer emergency cases.

SWSF’s gymnasium and shooting arena will be the venue for target practice, training and matches for the 10m air rifle and 10m air pistol competition, while the University of Sharjah and Al Manar School Gymnasium will host the volleyball training.

The basketball competitions and training will take place at the Sharjah Sports Club branch in the Al Saman area of Sharjah and at SWSF’s Gymnasium. The University of Sharjah will also host basketball training.

For karate, AWST’s Supreme Organising Committee has decided that all karate competitions and trainings will take place at the Sharjah Sports Club in Al Hazana area.

Al Theqa Club for the Handicapped will host athletics competitions and training, while table tennis matches and training will take place at the Higher Colleges of Technology. The Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club will host show jumping competitions while the fencing matches and training will be conducted at the Gymnasium of the Sajaya Young Ladies of Sharjah.

In April, the Union of Arab National Olympic Committees approved SWSF as the official organisers of AWST’s fourth edition, featuring basketball, volleyball, table tennis, fencing, archery, shooting, athletics, karate and show-jumping.


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