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7th Arab Women Sports Tournament begins 2 February

H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah, and Chairperson of Sharjah Women's Sports, has approved 2nd to 12th February 2024, as the date on which the seventh edition of the Arab Women Sports Tournament (AWST) will be held. Registration for the prestigious 10-day tournament is now open, and female clubs and teams from all across the Arab world can register by sending in their applications through the national federations to which they are affiliated. Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Director-General of the Department of e-Government in Sharjah, has been appointed as the Chairman of the AWST Higher Steering Committee, with Hanan Al Mahmoud as Vice Chairman of The Higher Steering Committee and Noura Ali Al Shamsi as the Director of AWST. The committee has designated eight games for competition, spanning volleyball, table tennis, basketball, shooting, archery, fencing, athletics, and karate. These contests are designed not only to foster the sporting attitude of Arab wo men, but also to encourage their participation in regional and international competitions. Reflecting on the significance of the tournament, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Qasimi stated, "Organising the 7th edition of AWST embodies the visionary and forward-looking stance of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and of H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi regarding women's role and status in society, the need to boost their competitive spirit and excellence, particularly in non-traditional fields, with sports at the forefront. These efforts are a true reflection of a healthy and productive society, which confirms to the highest level of moral and value-based duties towards its people'. 'Sharjah, known for hosting premier developmental and cultural events, is now gearing up to present this exceptional tournament, reiterating our continued commitment to providing a platform where distinguished female athletes compete, cooperate and exchange experiences . It reinforces Sharjah's position as a nurturing ground for the Arab sports scene, contributing to its global competitiveness,' he added. The past edition of AWST, held in 2020, witnessed the participation of 78 clubs from 18 Arab countries. Under the unwavering support and patronage of H.H. Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi, the event has consistently demonstrated that women's sports are a key indicator of societal progress and cultural development. The biennial tournament, which takes place every two years, is organised by the Sharjah Women's Sports Foundation, established in 2012 under the patronage of H.H Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Foundation. Source: Emirates News Agency

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