Category Archives: Sports

How I overcame my non-sporty past to becoming a ‘great player’

By Sahim Salim

Let me confess, I have never had an athletic bent of mind. I rarely got picked for a sports team in school or college. Growing up in a Sharjah neighbourhood, as children got together for some friendly street football matches that used soft drink cans as goal posts, I was always designated as the ‘trusted’ defender.

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Two men became Hasan’s eyes as he ran 10k at Dubai Marathon, blind

By James Gibb

There are many things we take for granted when we lace up our shoes to run. Being able to feel the ground beneath our feet; being able to hear the gentle roll of the ocean or grind of the city; being able to smell the freshly cut summer grass; and being able to see the world in front of us. Think about that last one for a moment. Being able to actually see where you’re running. If you’ve ever tried running with your eyes closed or with a blindfold — even just for a few seconds — it feels impossible. Yet for many, loss of vision has been a challenge they’ve had to overcome, greater than any marathon.   

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Why I lined up at a shoe store in a mall at 7.30am

By Alvin R. Cabral

Michael Jordan is widely recognised as the greatest basketball player ever. His achievements — six NBA championships, five MVPs and a further list infinitely longer than those engraved on the sole of the Air Jordan X sneakers — make legends like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James look like mere mortals.

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