DIAC Sports Festival 2017 attracts 3,300 student athletes from 36 educational institutionsDecember 7, 2017, 9:00 am GMT
Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) concluded the fifth edition of the annual DIAC Sports Festival. The event drew the participation of 270 sports teams comprising 3,300 student athletes of both genders from 36 educational institutions, competing across 10 categories.
Held from 6 October to 24 November 2017 at the Aktiv Nation indoor sports complex in Al Quoz, Dubai, the youth sports extravaganza attracted more than 4,000 spectators. Open to all university and high school students across the UAE, the festival featured six sporting events – DIAC Futsal Cup, DIAC Indoor Cricket Cup, DIAC Freestyle Beach Volleyball Cup, DIAC Athletics Cup, DIAC Youth Cup and the flagship DIAC Sports Cup.
The flagship DIAC Sports Cup saw the 2016 runner-up – Manipal University Dubai Campus – emerge triumphant with 23 points, followed closely by last year's winner – BITS Pilani Dubai Campus.
Mohammad Abdullah, managing director of DIAC, said: "The DIAC Sports Festival 2017 was a spirited affair with a record turnout. It was encouraging to see thousands of students from 36 universities from DIAC and across the UAE, come together to engage in friendly competition and show their varsity spirit. This was also the first time the festival catered to high school students - a testament to our efforts to promote a healthy lifestyle amongst all youth in the UAE."
He added: "Beyond the pursuit of academic excellence, DIAC also believes that its student community should seek to achieve holistic well-being, and that includes physical activity. We are proud to have participated in the Dubai Fitness Challenge and contributed to helping Dubai become the most active city in the world."
Osama Siddiqui, CEO, Aktiv Nation, said: "Aktiv Nation prides itself on being a brand that encourages a love for sport in the community. With the 2017 edition of the festival, we successfully managed to expand the scope and participation of the event by over 30%. We firmly believe that our motto, 'For the love of sport' serves as a guiding light and positive influence for students and the rest of the community to engage themselves in activities that help build character, while enjoying the social and physical benefits they bring. We see tremendous potential in the talent of students in the UAE and are proud to present a platform for personal growth and healthy competition for the participants."
Commenting on Manipal University's triumph, Dr S V Kota Reddy, academic president of Manipal University Dubai Campus, said: "At Manipal University, we encourage our students to participate in sporting activities for their holistic development. We have very strong teams in Basketball, Cricket, Badminton, Volleyball, Throw Ball and Table Tennis and have produced national level players to represent the UAE at international sporting events. The DIAC Sports Festival is a great initiative by DIAC as it leads to great synergies amongst the universities and provides students with a platform to exhibit their sportsmanship."
Organised by DIAC Student Hub, a dedicated team appointed by DIAC to manage student engagement and powered by AKTIV Nation, the DIAC Sports Festival seeks to promote community spirit and an active lifestyle among youth.
Supported by Dubai Holding and DWTC, this year's edition of the DIAC Sports Festival was held under the auspices of the Dubai Fitness Challenge, a healthy living initiative that aimed to motivate the city's residents to commit to a minimum of 30 minutes of daily physical activity for 30 days.