Second MENA Ultimate Club Championships to be held in Jordan, 18-19 November 2016
15 November 2016
Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Ultimate Frisbee club teams to play in ground-breaking regional tournament
Interest in disc sports is growing around the world, and there’s no better place to see that happening than in the Middle East and North Africa with Ultimate Frisbee.
Twelve teams featuring players from across the region are about to take part in the Second MENA Ultimate Club Championships from 18-19 November in Amman, Jordan. The tournament will include - for the first time - most of the established club teams in the region, from as far as Egypt to the West, across the Gulf to United Arab Emirates in the East, and Lebanon to the North.
In 2015, Dubai hosted the World Championships of Beach Ultimate featuring 71 teams from all over the world, and including two regional teams Qatar and United Arab Emirates. Egypt hosted the first MENA Club Championships with teams from three countries later in the year.
In 2016, Egypt sent a national team to the World Ultimate and Guts Championships for the first time. This latest regional tournament is inspiring even more players. “I have high hopes for the future of Ultimate in Egypt and in the MENA region as a whole. I see that teams keep on developing and the number of players keeps increasing,” said Ahmed Barakat, captain of the American University in Cairo team.
This year’s MENA Ultimate Club Championships will feature mixed-gender club teams with 180 international and local players, many of whom are taking part in a tournament and travelling to play ultimate frisbee for the first time. “At the MENA Tournament, I think it is very important that people can see women and men, internationals and locals, all playing alongside each other and showing sportsmanship and respect,” said Kiri Harper, captain of the Bedouin Falcons team from Jordan.
The tournament is also a chance for players to prepare locally for bigger tournaments. Patrick Fourcampre-Maye, President of United Arabian Ultimate and player with Dubai’s Shemagh team said: “The 2016 MENA tournament provides players the opportunity to play at a different and new event which is geographically closer to home. It also give the opportunity to team captains to bring players together as they prepare for the World Championships of Beach Ultimate 2017 in France next year.”
The 2016 MENA Ultimate Club Championships will include people with many different backgrounds, who are united in their love for the sport. Johanna von Toggenburg, captain of the Dumpsters teams from Lebanon said: “A solidarity exists all over the world amongst Ultimate players, no matter their background, nationality, or religion. These are perfect conditions for the sport to act as common ground in areas of conflicts or to involve the most vulnerable. In the region, Ultimate has already created a generation of young and respectful leaders."
To find out more about the Middle East and North Africa Ultimate Club Championships visit: www.facebook.com/MENAUltimate.
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