The Supervisory Committee for the second Arab Women Sports Tournament (AWST) held its second meeting this week at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Sharjah. The gathering was aimed at following up on the preparations for AWST 2014, which will take place from 2 – 12 February in Sharjah, under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs and Chairperson of Sharjah Ladies Club.
The meeting was attended by HE Sheikha Hayat bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa, Member of the Bahraini Olympic Committee, President of Women’s Sports Committee, HE Saad Al Sufyani, Deputy Chairperson of the Union of Arab National Olympic Committees, Nada Al Naqbi, Head of the Executive Committee and Manager of the AWST, Khalid Al Hussien ,Representative of the Public Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare, Mr Ali Omar, Dr Abdul Aziz Al Muhairi, Head of Supervisory committee on Steroids, Wejdan Al Dahkoni, Representative of the UAE Olympic Committee, Mr Bassel Al Shaer, Advisor of the Olympic Union Committee, and Khoula Mohammed, Secretary of AWST.
In addition to discussing the current preparations and latest updates on AWST 2014, attendees also examined several other topics on the meeting agenda, including revising the organizational chart, reviewing and approving the first meeting’s minutes, and reviewing the latest updates from the six committees.
During the meeting, the Stimulants Control Committee discussed the issue of collecting samples from players, while the Communications, Inaugural Ceremony, and Coronation Committee showed samples of medals, winning certificates, and commemorative certificates, in addition to discussing coronation ceremonies. For its part, the Public Relations Committee discussed various aspects of its mission, while the Technical Follow-Up Committee examined the technical tables for each game and tournament. The meeting also reviewed the progress achieved by the Safety and Security, Discipline, Appeal, and Financial Committees.
As part of the agenda, the Committee’s representative at the Technical Meeting was also appointed, and costs for hosting main committees were determined. In addition, the Supervisory and Follow-Up Committee reviewed the participation forms, the delegations manual, and the certification cards. It also considered inviting some sports leadership entities to expand the games in each tournament.
On this occasion, HE Sheikha Hayat bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa praised the role the committees are playing, and commended the high standards at which they are fulfilling their missions. She also praised the professionalism and efficiency of Sharjah’s preparations for the Tournament, and commented on the great infrastructure available in this Emirate – including the sports facilities hosting the Tournament – thus affirming its capability and readiness to host the event, which will undoubtedly guarantee great success for AWST 2014.
Her Excellency also valued the hospitality and support the Committee is being offered by the wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, as well as the continuous follow-up by Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, and the rest of the committees members.
Commenting on this, Sheikha Hayat bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa said: “Thanks to the support of Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi, we have faith that the second Arab Women Sports Tournament will be a great success, and that it will serve as a cornerstone in enhancing Arab women’s sports. We are confident that Her Highness’s vision will be steadily implemented as the pace of preparations increases, thus reaching the great outcome we are all anticipating.”
Sheikha Hayat added: “AWST is the first Arab sports event to form a follow-up committee. This shows our determination to achieve the highest standards of success in this event, and to assure that all preparations are in place on time.”
On her part, Nada Al Naqbi affirmed the great harmony witnessed between all committees, saying: “We are working on various aspects and with all committees to put the Tournament on the right track, not only during the preparation phase, but until the final conclusion of AWST 2014. We are holding preparatory meetings, and showing our great dedication to communications and interaction between all committees, in order to overcome challenges and achieve an event worthy of Arab women sports.”
She highlighted that during the meeting, the committee reviewed the memo issued by the National Olympic Committees Union regarding accommodations and a memo regarding the technical tables. It also reviewed the latest list of participating countries, along with visa processing procedures for various teams, and discussed professional player regulations.
Prior to the meeting, the committee received applications from 10 Arab countries, including Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, Yemen, Maghreb, Lebanon, Sudan, and the UAE, to participate in seven events (basketball, volleyball, table tennis, fencing, shooting, archery and athletics).
The Arab Women Sports Tournament is held biennially, with the participation of teams representing most Arab countries. The complete list of participating teams will be announced nearer the time.
It was made known during the meeting that the Sports Facility Committee, which consists of representatives from all Arab sports unions and every Emirati sports union involved in the Tournament, in addition to a coordinator from AWST, has visited the various facilities that will be hosting the tournaments. All venues are currently on track with their preparations for the Tournament.
During AWST 2014, seven sports will be played across 10 venues in Sharjah, including The Higher Colleges of Technology Sharjah, Al-Shaab Cultural & Sports Club, Al Thiqah Club for the Handicapped, Al Manar School, Al Andalus School, The American University of Sharjah, Sharjah Ladies Club, Al Dhaid Sports & Cultural Club, Wasit Youth Center, and Sharjah University.