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All set for final round of CBD Youth Athletics

Mascot Maher inspires Dubai students to be part of championships

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Dubai: The final round of the second CBD Youth Athletics Championships will be held at the Dubai Police Officers Club on February 9.

The CBD Youth Athletics Championships was launched in 2012 with the aim of promoting an active lifestyle and instilling a spirit of healthy competition among school students in the UAE.

During the inaugural edition of the competition last year, nearly 1,000 students from 42 Dubai schools participated, while this year’s championships has so far had 1,650 students from 65 schools taking part in three age categories.

Held under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, the championships are being sponsored by Commercial Bank of Dubai (CBD). The elimination rounds were held in November 2012 and witnessed more than 350 students from 52 schools qualify for the finals.

The various finals of the second edition will be held separately on February 9 with the competition for girls under-12 and under-15 being held in the morning session followed by the competition for boys under-12, under-15 and under-17 later in the afternoon.

Cash prizes, medals and trophies amounting to nearly Dh500,000 will be given away to the winning schools and students at the end of the day.

Meanwhile, the event’s mascot ‘Maher’ has been doing the rounds to various schools in the emirate in an attempt to woo students to come along and cheering their colleagues during the final round of these unique championships.

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