Padel Pros Shine in NAS Sports Tournament


The latest edition of the NAS Sports Tournament showcased exceptional prowess from Dutch and Iranian padel athletes, as they clinched significant victories at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex. In a thrilling showdown, the Netherlands dominated Qatar with a flawless 3-0 victory, while Iran displayed resilience in their hard-fought 2-1 triumph over the UAE during Thursday’s intense matches.

Despite a setback, the UAE team secured a coveted spot in the semifinals, alongside Iran from Group A, while Kuwait joined the Netherlands in the last four from Group B. The stage is now set for riveting semifinal encounters, with the UAE set to face Group A leaders, the Netherlands, and Iran poised to take on Kuwait. These matches will determine the finalists vying for glory in the championship, scheduled for Saturday.

Meanwhile, the boys’ Under-18 Padel competition progressed to the quarter-final stage with gripping encounters. Saif Al Hammadi Talal and Qasem Al Sharafi secured advancement with an impressive 6-1, 6-1 victory over Mohammed Al Ali and Abdulla Al Ali. Maktoum Bin Ghadyer and Maktoum Al Ketbi also cruised to the next round with a commanding 6-0, 6-0 triumph over Turki Abdulwahed Faisal and Hamdan Hamid Almaazmi. Additionally, Ahmed Al Hashemi Ismaeli and Martin Martinez displayed their prowess with a dominant 6-1, 6-1 win against Nasser Al Nassr and Abdulla Al Aqili Ishaq. Mahmoud Abdul Hameed Al Attar and Ahmed Al Muhairi showcased their skills in a hard-fought 6-4, 6-0 victory over Ahmed Al Alawi and Aly Elnahas, while Fahad Alhooli and Hamad Al Kokhardi sealed their spot in the next round with a solid 6-4, 6-0 win against Sayed Mohammed Al Hashimi and Faris Al Muhairi.

As the NAS Sports Tournament unfolds, it emerges as one of the most prestigious sporting events, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan. Held at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex under the theme ‘Limitless Possibilities,’ the tournament encompasses nine diverse sports events. Alongside padel, other competitions include volleyball, jiu-jitsu, fencing, wheelchair basketball, road running, cycling race, tug-of-war, and obstacle course race. With its wide array of sporting disciplines, the tournament aims to ignite passion and foster a spirit of competition among athletes and spectators alike.

The Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament epitomizes inclusivity and promotes active participation in sports, catering to athletes of all ages and skill levels. Its diverse range of events reflects the vibrant sports culture in the region and underscores the significance of sports in promoting health, unity, and community spirit. As the tournament progresses, anticipation mounts for thrilling matches and remarkable displays of athletic prowess, culminating in the crowning of deserving champions on March 31st.

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By- Sahiba Suri

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