Dubai to host World School Games 2018December 6, 2017, 8:30 am GMT
Dubai will host the best young athletes from around the world in February 2018 at the World School Games 2018, an international multi-sport event that will present an opportunity to showcase the talent, diversity and sportsmanship of primary school students worldwide.
A minimum of 16 students (8 boys and 8 girls) from each school will take part in swimming, athletics and football in a bid to accrue the most points and be crowned World Champions at the three-day sports event.
James Hair, World School Games board member commented, "Sport is a universal language, and it has the power to unite people like nothing else on this planet. We wanted to create a truly international event that brings people together from all over the world, breaks down social and cultural barriers, and celebrates the talents and diversity of children from different countries, backgrounds and education systems."
Despite 2018 being the inaugural year, the competition has instantaneously captured the imaginations of schools from far and wide. Schools from Spain, Greece, Kazakhstan, Nigeria and Uganda have registered to enter The Games, staged at Dubai's premier sports venue - Dubai Sports City. The first secondary edition is scheduled to take place in Dubai in February 2019.
"Sport is an important part of Dubai's modern identity and this city presents the perfect destination to host this global event. The weather conditions will be perfect in February while the infrastructure including sports venues, hotels, tourist attractions and amenities represent an international benchmark," said Andrew Cook, director at Gulf Youth Sport, the official media partner of The World School Games 2018. "We are looking forward to covering all the action from The Games and will be live streaming selected events so that families across the world can tune in and support," he added.
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