SHARJAH, 28th January, 2016 (WAM) — Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, recently met with the athletes from the Sharjah Ladies Club, SLC, who will be competing in the 3rd Arab Women Sports Tournament, AWST 2016, being held from 2nd to 12th February. The meeting took place in order for Sheikha Jawaher to encourage and motivate the players to achieve their best in what has become one of the major sporting events in the region.
Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi called on the Emirati players to prove themselves and raise the UAE flag high in the eight sports competitions which will be hosted in Sharjah. She said that the event is a great opportunity for them to demonstrate their ability to represent the Emirate of Sharjah and the UAE in a major Arab and regional tournament that has 17 Arab nations participating.
Al Qasimi stressed the importance of participating in the tournament and added that these competitions will give the players a chance to gain the necessary experience before competing in regional and international tournaments. She called on the players to display good sportsmanship and develop a team spirit with players from other Arab countries.
Sheikha Jawaher said that Emirati athletes are a source of pride for the country and that they represent the future of women’s sports in Sharjah and the UAE. She expressed her confidence that they will win competitions. Athletes from the SLC will participate in all eight games included in AWST, which are basketball, volleyball, table tennis, archery, fencing, shooting, athletics, and show jumping.
The athletes thanked Sheikha Jawaher for generously meeting them and encouraging them before the tournament, promising to do their best to win. They also thanked Sheikha Jawaher for her support of women’s sports in the UAE and the Arab world in general, acknowledging that the success of the first two AWST editions and the developments made before the launch of the third edition, were due to her patronage of the event.