SHARJAH, 26th January, 2016 (WAM) — Final preparations are under way for the Arab Women Sports Tournament, AWST 2016, set to run in Sharjah from February 2nd – 12th, with 17 countries participating in eight competitions.
The organising committee for AWST, held under the patronage of Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, is putting together the final list of attendees and VIPs for the opening ceremony, which will be held at the Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club.
A number of VIP guests will be attending the tournament including Prince Talal bin Badr bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Chairman of the Union of Arab National Olympic Committees, Sheikh Issa bin Rashid Al Khalifa, First Deputy Chairman of the Union of Arab National Olympic Committees, Khalid Abdul Aziz, Egyptian Minister of Youth and Sports, Minister of Arab Youth and Sports, Chairman of the Executive Bureau of the Arab Ministers of Youth and Sports Council, and the Tunisian runner Habiba Al Ghariba, as well as a number of other people from the sports industry.
Nada Al Naqbi, Deputy Head of the Supreme Organising Committee for the Arab Women Sports Tournament, Head of the Executive Committee, and Tournament Manager, said, “Most of the logistics for the tournament have been dealt with thanks to all the hard work and dedication of the organising committees.”
Kuwait and Oman recently joined the list of countries participating in the tournament along with Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Jordan, Palestine, Somalia, Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, Iraq, Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan, and the host country, the UAE, raising the total number to 17.
Nada Al Naqbi added, “We are all expecting a great turn out, more so since the tournament has been receiving a lot of coverage. Many people are talking about it and asking questions so we are expecting a lot of people to attend.”