DUBAI: Tunisian rider Nousri Ali took the Men’s Open crown at the 77km Nad Al Sheba Cycling Championship on Thursday night.
The cycling championship is one of the highlights of the 10th NAS Sports Tournament.
Held under the theme ‘Limitless Abilities’ and organized by the Dubai Sports Council (DSC), the NAS Sports Tournament is the biggest event of its kind in terms of participation and prize money, and has been held every year in the Holy Month of Ramadan since 2013 at the iconic Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex.
Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council and Chairman of the Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament’s Organizing Committee, flagged off the race in the presence of Nasser Aman Al Rahma, Assistant Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council and Vice Chairman of the organizing committee, and other dignitaries.
Representing the Yasi Cycling Team, Nousri finished on top with a time of one hour, 33 minutes, and 11.45 seconds.
Moroccan rider Mohsen El Korji of the Al Shafar team came in second with a time of 1:33:12.21.6, followed by Hamza Yassine Ammari of the Dubai Police team, who finished third with a time of 1:33:12.46.
Nousri expressed his joy after winning the Nad Al Sheba Cycling Championship title.
He praised the outstanding organizational efforts that made this race appear at the highest levels of excellence and professionalism.
'With the tremendous support from our team manager Khaled Al Rumaithi, Yasi Cycling Team was determined to win the title, and we actually succeeded in doing so, which was made possible by the efforts and cooperation of all the team's riders,' the Tunisian rider said.
'I wanted to establish my supremacy from the start of the race, and by the second lap, I had succeeded in making a difference and I separated from the group, but I would not have succeeded in reaching this goal without the help of my team-mates,' he added.
Britain’s John Carey dominated the senior citizen category after finishing the race in 1:33:23.45.
Algeria's Noureddine Hashini finished second, while Abdelkader Rahmani settled for third place.
Switzerland’s Pamela Fox topped the leaderboard in the women’s race for senior citizens. She came in first place, after covering the race with a time of 2:15:16.
In the People of Determination category, Ahmed Abdullah Humaid Al Shamsi won first place with a time of 0:36:59:51, followed by Abdul Rahman Al Bastaki in second place.
Ahmed Mohammed Al Badwawi won the Road Bicycles race with a time of 0:30:32.27, followed by Abdullah Salem Al Balushi in second place, and Salem Juma Al Junaibi in third place.
Oman’s Sami Sayed Salem Al-Shimi won the Hand Bicycles race. The Omani finished the race in 0:35:19.66. Ayed Ali Al Ahbabi finished second, while Bader Abbas Al Hosani came third.
Meanwhile, the much-awaited Volleyball Championship of the NAS Sports Tournament will begin on Saturday. The event carries a prize purse of Dhs1.5 million.
Defending champions Emperor will face Al Shababi in the opening match, which will kick off at 9.30pm. Fohood Zabeel will meet HMS in the second match.
Eight teams are taking part in the Volleyball Championship. The high financial rewards offered by the organizing committee encouraged the participating teams to assemble a sizable contingent of international athletes from various nations to bolster their ranks and compete successfully for the championship.
The wheelchair basketball competition will also start on Saturday, with the match taking place at the Dubai Club for People of Determination.
Majid Al-Osaimi, Executive Director of the Dubai Club for People of Determination and Chairman of the Asian Paralympic Committee, said: 'The Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament is a social sports competition with scope and objectives beyond a championship, competition, and medals.
Osaimi hailed the vision of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and appreciated his support to promote sports and a healthy lifestyle.
'Sheikh Hamdan directed the inclusion of people of determination, and their integration into the tournament with strength and effectiveness.
'Over the course of ten years, the tournament produced sports talents from various age groups and games, and served as an incentive for young people to compete in individual and team games,' he added.