With traditional sports still waiting for a greenlight to resume normal service following the precautionary measures put in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Dubai Sports Council continues to bring a diverse mix of virtual events for sports enthusiasts in Dubai and beyond.
With the month of May drawing towards a close, there are still seven sports events on the calendar, and enthusiasts and fans will be able to choose from two virtual running events on Friday – the Skechers Virtual Run and the second episode of the Ramadan Mubarak Challenge – alongside a number of eSports contests.
The Skechers Virtual Run, organised by Super Sports Academy in collaboration with Dubai Sports Council, is open to participants of all age and abilities, and they can choose from five different distances – 1km, 2.5km, 5km, 10km, Unlimited km. They can choose to run at any time of the day as the event takes place across the day, and participants can make use of indoor and outdoor space in and around their home and community, with the real challenge being to design and create a fun course.
Registration is free, through https://www.premieronline.com/super-sports, and open until 11.59 pm of May 21. Participants can upload videos of their run to their Instagram page and tag #SkechersVirtualRun with their run data, photos and videos to win vouchers.
The Ramadan Mubarak Challenge, which had its first race on May 15, is a virtual running event in which all the members of the house can participate, with four different categories to choose from – 10km for Male and Female, 5km for Male and Female, 2.5km for Kids aged 12-16, and a race for Kids Under 12.
Anyone can take part in the race, and they can use their home fitness equipment like a treadmill or even run outdoors if it is permitted and safe. The Ramadan Mubarak Challenge is from 9 a.m on Friday morning and continues until 9 a.m the following day.
Away from the virtual running, Jam Sports Academy have organised an online basketball tournament in partnership with Dubai Sports Council, The Dubai Sports Council Online Basketball Tournament, which is taking place from May 27-31, will see 64 players of 17 nationalities – UAE, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Morocco, France, Spain, Germany, Comoros, Holland, Denmark, Canada, England, Portugal, India and Pakistan – battle out for the top two places on their PlayStation 4.
The month-long ‘Step Around the World’, meanwhile, will come to a close on May 31. The event has been organised to support the frontline workers trying to protect the community from Covid-19. The aim of the event is to achieve 50 Million steps, which is to cover the earth’s circumference of 40,075km, and dedicate it to these frontline workers. Participants can simply walk and submit the number of steps in an online form.