Dubai: The second annual UAE School Olympics will scout future new sporting talent among young students in early May, education authorities say.

Held to identify early gifted athletic students to represent the UAE in international competitions as well as promote student fitness and health, the event will be held at the Dubai Police Officers’ Club and Al Wasl Club after being approved by the Educational Zones Committee.

The Olympics finals will include a host of games across the spectrum, including athletics, gymnastics, swimming, fencing, shooting and archery.

Hassan Lootah, Director of Physical Education at the Ministry of Education and Head of Educational Zones Committee in School Olympics, stressed the importance of the UAE School Olympics as a national project aimed at promoting the culture of sports as a way of life. He said it is also a means to building a well-qualified generation that is able to competitively represent the country in international and continental sports events.

The competition is considered a key factor in building future sports champions in line with the ministry’s strategic plan and the vision of Shaikh Ahmad Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the National Olympic Committee (NOC).

Preparations are in full swing to ensure that the competition is successful.

The committee approved the schedule for the UAE School Olympics preliminary rounds being staged at the educational zones as follows: Gymnastics Competition for Boys in Fujairah Education Zone; Gymnastics Competition for Girls in the eastern area of Sharjah; Swimming Competition for Boys in Dubai Education Zone; Swimming Competition for Girls in RAK Education Zone; Shooting Competition for Boys and Girls in ‪Al Dhaid Cultural & Sports Club; Athletics Competition for Boys and Girls in Al Thiqah Club for Handicapped in Sharjah; Archery Competition for Boys and Girls in Ajman Education Zone; and Fencing Competition for Girls in Dubai Education Zone.