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Tue 13-02-2018 22:26 PM

Egypt’s Sporting Club crowned AWST 2018 basketball champions

SHARJAH, 13th February, 2018 (WAM) -- Egypt and Jordan made it to the basketball finals at the Arab Women Sports Tournament, AWST, 2018 every spectator’s dream with a match whose fate was decided by a difference of one point.

Egypt’s Sporting Club bagged the gold, winning against Al Fuhays with a score of 63-62 points.

Organised by the Sharjah Women’s Sports Foundation, SWSF, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of SWSF, the tournament ran from 2nd to 12th February, 2018, and featured 1,000 female Arab athletes from 69 clubs representing 17 Arab countries, who competed in nine sporting disciplines that are part of the Olympics list.

In the midst of a celebratory spirit, which filled the SWSF sports court, the closing ceremony also awarded the top three nations who secured the largest number of gold medals. Bahrain received first place for winning a total of 12 gold medals, Egypt came second with nine gold medals and Algeria ranked third with seven gold medals.

The winners were honoured by Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Head of AWST's Supreme Organising Committee; accompanied by Sheikha Hayat bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa, Head of the AWST Supervisory Committee and member of Bahraini Olympic Committee; Ismail Al Gergawi, President of the UAE Basketball Association and Arab Basketball Association; Nada Askar Al Naqbi, Deputy Chairperson of AWST Supreme Organising Committee, Head of its Executive Committee and Director General of SWSF; Khaled al Midfa, Secretary-General of Authority for Youth and Sports; Marwan Al Shamsi, Director of Bee'ah; Abdul Latif Muhammad, Director of Public Relations at Etisalat; Colonel Ashour bin Sabt Bin Ashour, Director of Special Task Department, and Khalid Al Hussein, Director of the Sports Affairs Department at the General Authority of Youth and Sports.

Following the results of the final basketball match, the gold medal was presented to Egypt’s Sporting Club, the silver medal to Jordan’s Al Fuhays and the bronze medal to UAE’s Sharjah Sports Club.

Individual honours and recognition followed. Menatuallah Muhammad from Sporting Club was awarded the lead scorer and all-rounder trophies, and Rana Nabeel from the same club won the best three-point scorer. Karima Karim from Sharjah Sports Club for Women won the point guard player award, while Rubie Henry from Al Fuyais claimed the best winger trophy.

After the coronation ceremony, the three Excellence Cups were given to winners. Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Qasimi announced that Sharjah Sports Club was the winner of the Sports Excellence Cup, and Nada Askar Al Naqbi, along with the management administrative staff and players, received the cup. Sheikha Hayat bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa announced Jeddah United Club as the winner of Committees Club for Fair Play, which was delivered to them by Abdulrahman Al-Masad, President of Saudi Arabian Basketball Federation. Al Naqbi presented the Sport Excellence Cup to National Security Sports Association Club from Algeria

WAM/Hazem Hussein/Hassan Bashir