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Shaikh Hamdan's F3 team and the US Consulate top six-way race in first-of-its-kind inter-department sports event to encourage friendly games between government teams

  • Shaikh Hamdan's F3 team.Image Credit: Twitter
  • Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, leads his F3 team to the Gov Games finals on Saturday.Image Credit: Twitter
  • Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the Gov Games in Dubai.Image Credit: Twitter

Dubai: The Crown Prince of Dubai, Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, led his F3 team to victory after besting the six-way race to the top of #GovGames while the US Consulate General in Dubai team bagged the women's competition on Saturday night. 

F3 and the US Consulate teams proved to be the toughest of them all during the four-day Gov Games 2018 in Dubai — and each bagged Dh1 million prize money.

Shaikh Hamdan, also the Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, launched the first-of-its-kind inter-department sports event to encourage friendly games between government departments.

The men's finals kicked off at 7.30pm, with the following teams competing — F3, Ministry of Interior, Sharjah Police, Fujairah Police, Ministry of Education and Abu Dhabi Airports — over 9 obstacles courses.

The women's finals competition kicked off at 6pm and saw teams from the Dubai Police, Dewa, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai Municipality, US Consulate and the Ministry of Education also tackling 9 obstable courses.

Shaikh Hamdan thanked the participants for their team spirit and good sportsmanship.

Last year, Shaikh Hamdan launched the Dubai 30x30 Fitness Challenge to encourage residents and visitors to exercise for 30 minutes over 30 days, which was a resounding success after it saw nearly 800,000 people signing up.

The four-day Gov Games concluded on Saturday, May 12, with 145 teams from different government entities from across the country showcasing their physical and mental strength — with a grand prize of Dh1 million for the winning team.

Altogether, 86 government entities participated from across the country during the four-day event.

Gov Games opened on Wednesday, May 9, with women well-represented — 64 women’s teams from local and international government entities battled head-to-head in seven obstacle courses. 

The Dubai Police women’s team dominated the  Kite Beach on Wednesday but the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) team came close behind, , with just a one-point difference. 

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) came third followed by Dubai Municipality, the US Consulate General in Dubai and Ministry of Education.

On May 10, Thursday, the start of the men's qualifying round, it was a close contest between the men’s top teams

These are the team standings on May 11, Friday.

The DHA women’s team in action.  Janice Ponce De Leon/Gulf News

The top six teams out of 90 progressed to the finals on Saturday at Kite Beach.

 

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