Details of first rhythmic gymnastics championship announced

DUBAI, In this remarkable Year of Zayed, and observe the 100th Birth Anniversary of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of UAE, Dubai Youth Olympic School of Rhythmic Gymnastics, in partnership with Al Habtoor Group and Dubai Duty Free, will organise the 1st Emarat National Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship 2018, at the Al Habtoor Tennis Academy in Al Habtoor City, Dubai, on 16th November, 2018.

Being held under the aegis of the Dubai Sports Council, the championship is the first of its kind to be held in the UAE with nearly 200 athletes from local sports clubs, public and private schools taking part.

One of the youngest and most successful Emirati gymnasts in the history of the UAE, Lamia Tariq Malallah, will be the face of the championship and she will be representing the Dubai Youth Olympic School in the event.

The tournament is set to showcase the impact of female sports and values of women empowerment, further promote this elegant discipline of rhythmic gymnastics and raise awareness about the sport among children and women in the UAE.

“We are really pleased to add the National Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships to Dubai’s sports calendar,” said Ghazi Al Madani, Acting Director of Dubai Sports Council’s Sports Events Department, at Tuesday’s press conference to announce the tournament. “Rhythmic Gymnastics is one of the most elegant forms of sports and this championship fits firmly with the Dubai Sports Council’s vision of promoting women’s sports, and encouraging and empowering women in sports.

“Rhythmic Gymnastics is a prominent Olympic sport as well and to have a young star like Lamia make an impression at this early age augurs well for the future. With a national championship in place and Lamia acting as an inspiration, I am confident we will find many more young girls taking up this sport in the coming days.”

Ksenia Dzhalaganiya, a former member of the Russian national rhythmic gymnastics championship, is the brainchild behind the championships and its chief organiser.

“Being a World and European champion and a former member of a Russian national team myself, it is my honour to present the 1st Emarat National Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship to the sports community in the UAE,” said Dzhalaganiya, who won gold at the 1999 European Championships in Budapest and the 2002 World Championships in New Orleans.

Dzhalaganiya, founder and head coach of the Dubai Youth Olympic School of Rhythmic gymnastics, where Lamia trains, added, “Having an annual National Gymnastics Championship in the sports calendar will raise awareness about the sport among children and women in the UAE, and build a stronger recognition for this elegant discipline of Rhythmic Gymnastics on a global stage.”

Source: Emirates News Agency

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