What is the Fazza Championship for Free-diving all about?

The Fazza Championship for Free-diving is just another one of the initiatives undertaken by the organization to preserve UAE’s intangible heritage and is a tribute to the pearl divers in the country, who were the driving force of the economy at the time.

Free-diving or breath-hold diving in UAE is designed to embody the traditional ways of diving in the Arabian Gulf and involves traditional diving techniques used by early mariners in the region to stay under water.

The divers do not use any underwater equipment but rely on traditional diving techniques used by early mariners in the region to hold their breath under water for as long as they can.

The Fazza championship for Free-diving is a crucial part of the whole tournament for the preservation of this fascinating sport.

For this year’s championship, there were a total of 30 divers from 12 countries competed in the final round, which came to an end last weekend on March 7th with Polish, Omani and Kuwaiti divers smashing some tournament records.

The competition is divided into three categories – International, UAE and GCC, and Juniors (for UAE and GCC nationals) – with 10 competitors in each category.

Polish free-diver Mateusz Jan Malina won first place in the international, while Omani diver Ibrahim Al Sulaitni showed dominance in the UAE and GCC category, winning first place and setting a new regional record of sevin minutes and 59 seconds under water.

In the Juniors category, 14-year old Kuwaiti diver Ali Hassan Al Sharrah won first place and timed three minutes and 45 seconds. In second place was Emirati teen Suhail Hashem Al Marzouqi, who clocked in three minutes and 15 seconds, while Abdul Aziz Hussain Al Marzouqi finished third at two minutes and 58 seconds.

Rashid Bin Markhan, Deputy CEO of Hamdan

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Players treated like ‘guinea pigs’ over coronavirus: Rooney

[FILE] DC United midfielder and former England captain Wayne Rooney speaks during a press conference at Pride Park Stadium in Derby on August 6, 2019 after Rooney agreed a deal to become a player-coach. (Photo by Darren STAPLES / AFP)

Former Manchester United star Wayne Rooney claims the British government and football authorities have treated players like “guinea pigs” during the coronavirus crisis.

While the rest of European football was shutting down due to the growing threat of the global pandemic, Rooney is angry it took several days for the Premier League and Football League to postpone their matches until April 3.

It was only when Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for the virus on Friday that football’s UK governing bodies called a temporary halt to the season.

Rooney, currently playing for second tier Derby, felt they should have acted quicker and the former England captain said he would “never forgive” the authorities if his family fell ill as a result.

“Why did we wait until Friday? Why did it take Mikel Arteta to get ill for the game in England to do the right thing?” Rooney wrote in the Sunday Times.

“For players, staff and their families it has been a worrying week – one in which you felt a lack of leadership from the government and from the FA and Premier League.

“After the emergency meeting, at last the right decision was made – until then it almost felt like footballers in England were being treated like guinea pigs.

“I know how I feel. If any of my family get infected through me because I’ve had to play when it’s not safe, and they get seriously ill, I’d have to think hard about ever playing again. I would never forgive the authorities.”

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Fury won’t lose world title over doping allegation says WBC chief

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 22, 2020 British boxer Tyson Fury celebrates after defeating US boxer Deontay Wilder in the seventh round during their World Boxing Council (WBC) Heavyweight Championship Title boxing match at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)

Tyson Fury’s reign as world heavyweight champion will not be ended by new claims over an alleged drug-testing scam, according to WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman.

It was alleged in a Mail on Sunday report a farmer was offered money to provide an alibi for Fury’s failed drugs test in 2015.

Fury and his cousin Hughie tested positive for nandrolone in 2015, which they subsequently blamed on eating uncastrated wild boar meat, citing a farmer called Martin Carefoot who claimed to have provided them with the product.

After an expensive and elongated stand-off with UK Anti-Doping, Fury and Hughie received retrospective two-year bans and were able to resume their careers in December 2017.

In the Mail report, Carefoot denied having provided the Fury team with the meat, insisting he was offered £25,000 to make up the story in order to aid their case.

But Sulaiman, whose WBC belt Fury won against Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas last month, said the allegations would have “no impact” on his reign as champion.

“Personally, I prefer to believe Tyson Fury ahead of someone who has already admitted to lying in legal documents for financial gain,” Sulaiman told The Sun.

“The person who has claimed he accepted money to lie should be the one on trial, in my personal opinion, especially when he has waited five years to tell his story.

“Secondly, around this time Tyson was not involved with the WBC, he did not fight Klitschko for the WBC belt, it was for

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