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Dubai International Academic City Announces Winners Of DIAC Sports Cup 2013

More than 1,500 athletes from 18 universities participated in the second edition of the sports tournament

The winners of the DIAC Sports Cup 2013 were announced by Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) at an award ceremony in the Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium.

Dubbed the ‘mini-Olympics’ DIAC Sports Cup was held from March 3rd to 14th at Dubai Men’s College, one of the Higher Colleges of Technology. Organised by DIAC in partnership with Dubai Sports Council and DUET Sports, the tournament, now in its second year, is the first-of-its-kind in the UAE and open to all universities in the region.

The 2013 winner of the DIAC Sports Cup was BITS Pilani, who finished first in athletics, women’s table tennis, men’s and women’s badminton and squash.

The number of participants and sports activities increased significantly compared to last year. More than 1,500 athletes from 18 academic institutions and universities competed in 10 sports; including basketball, volleyball, table tennis, football, cricket, tennis, squash, badminton, athletics and swimming.

The University of Wollongong in Dubai won top honours in both men’s and women’s basketball as well as women’s volleyball. The men’s volleyball title belonged to the University of Jazira whose students also walked away with the men’s table tennis and swimming medal.

Canadian University were at the top of their game as they won the men’s football trophy, while Manipal University proved their mettle with top cricket honours. Al Ghurair University were the best in the court as their students won the men’s tennis titles.

Dr. Ayoub Kazim, Managing Director, TECOM Investments’ Education Cluster said: “The concept of inter-university sports competitions is still relatively new to the UAE, even though sport is an integral part of tertiary education in other countries. Our goal at DIAC is to offer a holistic approach to education – where sports and social activities are considered an important part of the overall university experience.”

“The increase in the number of students taking part in this year’s event indicates a positive response from students focussed on achieving their academic and extra-curricular goals, as well as developing skills beyond the classroom such as the value of teamwork, leadership, discipline and decision making.”

The 18 competing universities included Al Ghurair University, Al Jazeera University, Amity University, American University in Emirates, Bits Pilani University, Bit Ranchi Ras-Al-Khaimah, Canadian University, Heriot Watt University, Hult International Business School, Information in Management Technology, Manipal University, Middlesex University, Murdoch University, National Institute of Vocational Education, Rochester Institute of Technology, S.P.Jain, American University in Ras-Al-Khaimah and University of Wollongong in Dubai.

This year, DIAC has set up a dedicated Sport Committee made up of sports coordinators from 6 universities to define and oversee the structure and rules for the planned sports activities. Representatives from DIAC and DUET Sports supervised the tournament’s technical regulations and logistics function, including scoring and nomination of referees.

This year’s event was sponsored by DUET Sports, One Pention, Koster Clinic and PSS Tennis Academy.

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