Emirati women dominate Fazza Championship


Over 200 women shooters competed in this year’s tournament.

Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

Emirati women showed their skills in shooting as they dominated the Women’s Division in this year’s edition of Fazza Championship for Saktoun Shooting, organised by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage centre (HHC) at Dubai’s Al Ruwayyah desert area on Saturday.

All first three places were won by Emirati women shooters, led by Saeed Al Derei in first place, who achieved a score of 79 points, including hitting the bullseye (X) five times. Aisha Saif Al Derei came in second place, with 79 points and 4 Xs and in third spot was Amna Hassan Bin Shahdour, with a mark of 79 points and 3 Xs.

The Juniors (Girls) category, meanwhile, were dominated by girls from the Sultanate of Oman.

Balqis Salem Al Diriyah finished in first place, followed by Al Anoud Al Harsousiya in second place and Shahd Bint Awad Al Kaabi in third spot.

Al Diriyah and Al Harsousiya went into a tie-breaking round after they tied with a score of 77 and 4Xs. Al Kaabi scored 74markers and 1 X.

Brigadier General Mohammed Obaid Al Muhairi, Chairman of the Tournament Organizing Committee, noted over 200 women shooters competed in this year’s tournament.

Rashid Al Khasouni, HHC Director of Championship, said supporting women Saktoun shootrs is a priority for the HHC in its over-all thrust of promoting heritage sports.

Al Khasouni added he was greatly impressed with the high level of competition, given that winners had almost identical high scores.

According to HHC, this year’s edition of Fazza Championship for Saktoun Shooting has record the highest number of participation in the tournament’s history.

More than 2,000 men and women shooters are competing in the five categories: Men’s Open; Women’s; Juniors (Boys) Juniors (Girls), and Dropping Plates. HHC is the foremost resource and the most credible reference on the conservation and propagation of national heritage in the United Arab Emirates.

Its vision focuses on deepening the sense of national identity among the younger generation of Emiratis and promoting Emirati culture, values and traditions at both a regional and international level.

HHC organises events and competitions, conducts heritage studies and specialised research on the preservation and documentation of the UAE’s national heritage, and provides heritage sources and references for researchers and members of the public who are interested in heritage studies.


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