AFC chief opens Mumbai stadium

Raffii set for GT3
Middle East race
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TEAM Bahrain’s Raef
Raffii is set
to battle for top places in round two
of the sixth edition of Porsche GT3
Cup Challenge Middle East starting
today at Dubai Autodrome.
An impressive international line-up
of 17 world-class drivers representing
over ten nations, including the UAE,
Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar,
will battle it out over two days.
Raffii will follow-up his return to
Porsche racing in the opening round at
Bahrain International Circuit recently
where he was sixth and eighth following
an absence from racing for 21 months.
“I was satisfied with my results in
Bahrain as it takes a bit of time to get up
to speed again especially in the Porsche.
It is built for pure racing and needs drivers to be at their very best. But I’m comfortable in Dubai, I’ve had some strong
finishes here and if I can continue the
progress I made in the opening round
I’m hoping for at least a top six place.
The circuit is technical and fast so there
are plenty of opportunities for passing
n Action from the Bahrain
leg of the Porsche GT3
so it should be an exciting race,” said
At the front of the grid all eyes are
predicted to follow the fortunes of
reigning champion Zaid Ashkanani of
Kuwait and former champion Clemens
Schmid of Dubai-based Al Nabooda
Racing who currently sit at the top of
n Nass stars in LBC win
Whoever manages to get to the front
of the grid can expect to be hotly pursued by Skydive Dubai Falcons teammates duo Shaikh Hasher Al Maktoum
and Saeed Al Mehairi of Skydive Dubai
Falcons around their home circuit,
with Al Maktoum currently third in the
For local motorsport fans, the pure
race action featuring the sublime
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and one of the
strongest grids ever assembled in the
series means intense rivalries throughout the field. Drivers who could also
contend for a high place finish include
Team Bahrain’s Raed Raffii, Al Nabooda’s Ahmad Al Harthy and Charlie
THE Second Showjumping
Championship is set to take
place tomorrow at the Military
Sports Association Ground.
It will be held under the patronage
of Bahrain Royal Equestrian and
Endurance Federation (Breef)
president Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid
Al Khalifa,
Shaikh Faisal is expecting the
second event of the season to be a
challenging one. He added that a
number of juniors and beginners
will be taking part in the event.
Shaikh Faisal pointed out that
Breef will continue to organise
various tournaments as part of the
federation’s policy to promote the
sport in the Kingdom.
n Showjumping event set
n BTC finals scheduled
BAHRAIN Tennis Federation
will host the final matches of the
Third Bahrain Women’s Open
Championship tomorrow at its
courts in Isa Town.
Maryam Al Ammadi takes on Jeng
Ebdani of the Philippines in the
intermediates final while Claire
Pelabel of the Philippines clashes
with Mani Zhing of China in the
pro category.
facility will serve the game
better,” said Shaikh Salman.
The AFC president asserted the keenness of AFC
to continue its support to
football in India in order to
extend its development process and to prepare for the
next edition of the Under-17
World Cup.
n Showaiter wins
Patel thanked Shaikh
Salman for inaugurating the
stadium and AFC and Fifa
for supporting football in his
Shaikh Salman also met
the new chief minister of the
western Indian sate of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis
and thanked him for the
warm welcome and hospitality he received in the city.
JONATHAN Nass scored 20
points, including three in extratime, as LBC-Tamaraws beat
three-time champions Nafex
73-67 in the commercial division
of FCBG First Batelco Cup First
Conference 40th Season.
It was Tamaraws fifth victory
against one loss and they share the
top spot with defending champions
Union Press.
Other results: Inter-Kulay Division
- ELoys bt Garmin-Brotol 52-35;
AL Zayani Trading bt APM
Terminal 73-49; BluePrint bt
Eastern Precast 68-44; PPO-Azad
bt Tia Betty Restaurant 60-57;
Ballers bt Al-Rashid 61-42;
Uniform Express bt Sampaguita
Rice 63-48, KIB Illonggo bt
Triskellion 59-47; Union Press bt
Zenjex 71-55; Verminex bt AMPS
WLL 67-51, Sulb bt Dabarkadz
Commercial-Invitational Division:
Faisal Tradings-Hackers bt Arsenal
Interiors-Dabarkadz 84-78; BMMI
bt GPZ-Spartans 48-46.
the standings after the opening round.
Following a gripping fifth season
which was won by the narrowest of
margins as Ashkanani snatched the title
by a single point from Schmid, the story
now continues in the UAE as the two
rivals battle around the Grand Prix Circuit at Dubai Autodrome.
AFC chief opens
Mumbai stadium
ASIAN Football Confederation president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa
yesterday inaugurated the
refurbished Cooperage Stadium in Mumbai, India.
The function took place in
presence of All India Football
Federation (AIFF) president
Praful Patel, representatives
of Fifa and high-ranking
Indian officials.
Speaking on this occasion,
Shaikh Salman congratulated the football family in
India and said hosting the
Under-17 World Cup in 2017
will boost the development of
sport in the country.
“We are fully aware of
the historical significance of
Cooperage Stadium for the
Indian football family. The
extensive renovation to this
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n AFC chief Shaikh Salman win AIFF president Patel, right, and Nita Ambani, left, wife of India’s
top industrialist Mukesh, during the inauguration ceremony
ABDUL Rehman Showaiter
beat Daniel Clemente 5-7, 6-1,
10-5 on the fourth day of the
Indian Club Centenary Tennis
Tournament last night.
Serwin, Mert Ekici and Hames
Abdul Aal have also moved
to the next round of the
The tournament, which will run
until December 18, is classified
into eight categories – men’s
singles, men doubles, veteran
singles, veteran doubles, mix
doubles, under-18 boys, ladies
singles and super singles.
Players from France,
Netherlands, Philippines and
GCC countries, besides local
players, will compete in the
super singles on invitation.
Ainslie to work
with Red Bull
n A volleyball championship was organised by Bahrain Embassy in Amman for Bahrainis studying in Jordanian universities. It was held at Al Yarmouk University, located in the northern city of Irbid, in the presence of cultural counsellor Ghada Juma’a
Al Mehza who honoured the winning teams.Above, the winners with officials.
n Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia was
named new president of Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF). He takes
over the post from Prince Nawaf bin Faisal Al Saud. This was announced at an
extraordinary meeting of the federation held in Jeddah, in Saudi Arabia, yesterday. Bahrain were represented by Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) general
secretary Abdulrahman Askar, sports advisor Abduljalil Asad and Arab Relations head Mohammed Al Zayed. Above, Askar, centre, with Abduljalil Asad,
left, and Al Zayed at the meeting
LONDON: Ben Ainslie
Racing (BAR) have
teamed up with Red
Bull Advanced Technologies
(RBAT) to work on their
challenge for the 35th America’s
Cup in 2017, the British team
announced yesterday.
The BAR team, conceived
by the most successful Olympic
sailor of all time in June 2014,
will draw on the “simulation” and
“modelling skills” of the winners
of four of the last five Formula
One World Championships.
“BAR are really excited to be
partnering with Red Bull Advanced Technologies,” Ainslie,
part of Oracle Team USA’s triumph last year, said yesterday.