The opening round of qualifiers for the 2nd CBD Youth Athletics Championships was held on Friday and Saturday with Mohammed Ben Sulayem of Al Safa School and Perrin Patel of Our Own High School among the prominent performers.
In the Boy’s under-17 competition held at the Dubai Police Officers Club on Saturday, Ben Sulayem won the shot put with a throw of 14.46 metres and then took the silver medal in the long jump with a distance of 5.32 metres.
Perrin Patel was among the top performers in the boy’s under-15 competition held on Friday winning the 100 metres for boys with a time of 12.17 seconds ahead of Abdullah Saleh of Al Mawakeb School, Garhoud (12.49secs) and Hamad Khalifa of Al Muhalab School, Dubai (12.51secs).
The Our Own High School student then took the second place in the high jump after clearing a height of 1.40 metres.
The CBD Youth Athletics Championships is open to all students attending public or private registered schools within the emirate of Dubai, is being held in several age categories including boys under-12, under-15 and under-17 and girls under-12.
The next round of qualifiers will be for under-12 boys on November 23 followed by the under-12 and under15 girls the following day.
Amer Makki, head of the organizing committee from Commercial Bank of Dubai (CBD), was hopeful of beating the registration record set last year. “We had 1,000 students from 42 schools, but this year we are sure to cross the 1,500 mark coming from 66 schools from all over Dubai,” he said.
The athletes who qualify at the end of the second stage later this month will advance to the finals that are scheduled to be held at the Dubai Police Officers Club stadium on February 9, 2013.
The CBD Youth Athletics Championship is being held under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman, DSC to tap athletics talent from among school students in the emirate.
The mascot of the tournament is Maher, a Tmimah or desert cat and it was chosen due to its inspiring attributes of being fast, intelligent and agile - qualities which it shares with the athletes.
More information about the tournament is available at www.cbdyouthathleticscompetition.com. Participants can also register online, and the public is advised to regularly visit the website to stay informed of any news or developments.