International Athletics Tournament: AUD Athletes Get First Place

AUD athletes scored big last week at the annual International Athletics Tournament held on the campus of the American University in Dubai.

AUD’s men basketball and volleyball teams, as well as Emirati tennis player Fahad Al Janahi, won 1st place in their respective categories. AUD’s women’s basketball team and men’s soccer team came second, while the female volleyball team won the third place. In the tennis men’s final, Janahi, 20, defeated Athanasios Tzortzakis from ACG Greece University.

Eleven teams from Italy, Greece, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates participated in five different sports for both men and women. The annual event was hosted by AUD for the first time.

“The Athletics department usually participates yearly in an International tournament” that is each time organized in a different country, Maria Khoury, AUD’s Athletics Coordinator, told the MBRSC Post. “This year we decided to be the host and organize one.”

Many AUD athletes were competing for the first time against international teams.

“Not only was it a competition but it was an opportunity to meet new people, witness some talented athletes and most of all get closer to my teammates as we had to come together to fight on the court,” said Kalkidan Bekele, a member of AUD’s women’s volleyball team. “It brought diversity and skills into one.”

AUD’s Athletic International Tournament was an opportunity to train the students to fight for every point and to strive for success, but it was also used as a learning experience for many of the athletes in the university.

“The international tournament was an amazing opportunity to use as a learning experience by being exposed to teams that play at a higher level than what we usually play against,” said Yara El Zein, an athlete on Sports Scholarship for AUD’s Women’s Volleyball Team.

Placements:

Men’s basketball:

1st place: American University in Dubai

2nd place: ACG Greece University

3rd place: Jam Sports Academy

Woman’s basketball:

1st place: Tor Vergata Rome University

2nd place: American University in Dubai

3rd place: Jam Sports Academy

Men’s volleyball:

1st place: American University in Dubai

2nd place: Lebanese American University- Jbeil

3rd place: Lebanese American University- Beirut

Woman’s volleyball:

1st place: CUS Statale Milano-Italy

2nd place: ACG Greece University

3rd place: American University in Dubai

Men’s soccer:

1st place: ACG Greece University

2nd place: American University in Dubai

3rd place: American University of Beirut

Men’s tennis:

1st place: Fahad Al Janahi- American University in Dubai

2nd place: Athanasios Tzortzakis- ACG Greece University

3rd place: Shaun Correia- American University of Sharjah

Woman’s tennis:

1st place: Aikaterini Afroditi Manta- ACG Greece University

2nd place: Lea Taleb- Lebanese American University- Jbeil

3rd place: Serena Joseph- Lebanese American University- Jbeil

Participating Teams:

AUB – American University in Beirut

LAU Beirut – Lebanese American University, Beirut

LAU Jbeil – Lebanese American University, Jbeil

ACG Greece – American College of Greece, Greece

AUS – American University of Sharjah

CUD – Canadian University in Dubai

AUD – American University in Dubai

Bocconi University Italy

CUS Statale Milano University Italy

Tor Vergata University Rome Italy

JAM Sports Academy


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