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Dubai, UAE: The winners of the DIAC Sports Cup 2013 were announced today by Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) at a dedicated award ceremony in the Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium.

Dubbed the ‘mini-Olympics’, DIAC Sports Cup was held from March 3 to 14 at Dubai Men’s College, one of the Higher Colleges of Technology. Organised by DIAC in partnership with Dubai Sports Council and DUET Sports, the tournament, now in its second year, is the first-of-its-kind in the UAE and is open to all universities in the region.

The 2013 winner of the DIAC Sports Cup was BITS Pilani, who finished first in athletics, women’s table tennis, men’s and women’s badminton and squash.
The number of participants and sports activities increased significantly compared to last year. More than 1,500 athletes from 18 academic institutions and universities competed in 10 sports, including: basketball, volleyball, table tennis, football, cricket, tennis, squash, badminton, athletics and swimming.
The University of Wollongong in Dubai won top honours in both men’s and women’s basketball as well as women’s volleyball. The men’s volleyball title belonged to the University of Jazira whose students also walked away with the men’s table tennis and swimming medals.

Canadian University were at the top of their game as they won the men’s football trophy while Manipal University proved their mettle with top cricket honours. Al Ghurair University were the best in the court as their students won the men’s tennis titles.

Mr. Ibrahim Moosa Jamel, Director of Operations, TECOM Investments’ Education Cluster said: “The concept of inter-university sports competitions is still relatively new to the UAE, even though sport is an integral part of tertiary education in other countries. Our goal at DIAC is to offer a holistic approach to education – where sports and social activities are considered an important part of the overall university experience.”

“The increase in the number of students taking part in this year’s event is a clear testament to the fact that our students are focussed on achieving their academic and extra-curricular goals, as well as developing skills beyond the classroom such as the value of teamwork, leadership, discipline and decision making.”

The 18 competing universities included Al Ghurair University, Al Jazeera University, Amity University, American University in Emirates, Bits Pilani University, Bit Ranchi Ras-Al-Khaimah, Canadian University, Heriot Watt University, Hult International Business School, Information in Management Technology, Manipal University, Middlesex University, Murdoch University, National Institute of Vocational Education, Rochester Institute of Technology, S.P.Jain, American University in Ras-Al-Khaimah and University of Wollongong in Dubai.

This year, DIAC has set up a dedicated Sport Committee that is made up of sports coordinators from 6 universities to define and oversee the structure and rules for the planned sports activities. The organising committee consists of representatives from DIAC and DUET Sports. These representatives, led by DIAC, oversee the tournament’s technical regulations and logistics function, including scoring and nomination of referees.  
As well as award winners, the award ceremony was also attended by representatives from DIAC and DUET Sports along with the participating students and universities. The competition was endorsed by Dubai Sports Council.
The event was sponsored by DUET Sports, One Pention, Koster Clinic and PSS Tennis Academy.





Notes to Editors

For further information please contact:
MEDIA – Layla Haroon, Bell Pottinger Middle East: +971 55 636 0425
DIAC – Brendan Vyner, Brand Manager, TECOM Investments Education Cluster: +971 4 360 2960

About Dubai International Academic City
Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) is the world’s only Free Zone dedicated to Higher Education.  Established in 2007 as part of TECOM Investments, DIAC aims to develop the region’s talent pool and establish the UAE as a knowledge-based economy.
DIAC is the premier destination for Higher Education in the region, located on a fully-appointed 18 million sq ft. campus with state-of-the-art modern facilities.  DIAC currently has 21 of the UAE’s 37 International Branch Campuses from 11 countries.
The DIAC campus is host to nearly 20,000 students from 137 nationalities.  DIAC students also have access to over 400 Higher Education programmes.
DIAC Phase III achieved a “Green” status and was awarded Silver LEED certification.  DIAC provides an established educational environment for academic institutions and caters to students from around the world.

DIAC is also ranked top 10 in the Middle East under “Best Transportation” category and top 25 in the Middle East under “Best Overall” category according to 2011 Financial Times Rankings.