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Royal Cavalry rider finishes,
second at endurance race in France

The Royal Cavalry team took part at the endurance race (Two star) for a distance...

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The Royal Cavalry team took part at the endurance race (Two star) for a distance of 120 km recently. The race which was held at the Kombeen city in France featured four stages. The first stage was for 32 km while the second stage was for 30 km. The distance of third stage was 28 km while the fourth and last round was for 30 km. As many as 40 riders participated in the race and Omani rider Saleh Salim al Balushi on Steak horse from Royal Cavalry was positioned in the second place.

Oman racing make podium
start in Monza

Aston Martin Vantage GT3 squad Oman Racing made a successful start ..,

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Monza, Italy: Aston Martin Vantage GT3 squad Oman Racing made a successful start to the new Blancpain Endurance Cup season at a rain-hit Monza in Italy on Sunday, 14th April, with a top three podium finish in the Pro-Am class during an unpredictable and challenging first race of 2019. Performing sensationally in very difficult wet conditions during qualifying, Ahmad al Harthy, Charlie Eastwood and Salih Yoluc combined to deliver a thoroughly dominant Pro-Am pole position to spark genuine hopes of a bid for class victory. Muscat racer Al Harthy took the first stint of the three-hour race and maintained the Pro-Am lead throughout his run, but during the second hour – when Yoluc was at the wheel of the Aston – two luckless punctures in quick succession destroyed the team’s realistic push for the win. Battling back well from the two enforced and unscheduled pit-stops, Yoluc and then Eastwood completed the race strongly to secure third place in class and deliver very important points for, what will undoubtedly be this year, the extremely close and competitive championship fight. Additionally, the podium marks the first for Aston Martin’s latest Vantage GT3 in Blancpain. “Finishing on the podium in the first race of the season is fantastic and P3 is a solid result, especially with everything that happened with the double puncture – that’s something we’ve never even heard of before”, said Al Harthy, “It’s great to be back on the Blancpain podium, great for me personally and everyone at Oman Racing, and I have to say a huge thank you to all our amazing sponsors.” Outstanding wet-weather performance seals deserved podium As predicted, final qualifying for the opening round of the Blancpain Endurance Cup season was impacted by rain – significantly so. All three of the sessions were interrupted by multiple red flag stoppages, and consequent delays, but through it all Oman Racing’s trio were impressive. Yoluc took the opening 15 minute session, on an extremely wet and slippery track, and produced a best time of 2m11.435 seconds to conclude the run second in Pro-Am. In session two, Al Harthy got behind the wheel and was the dominant Pro-Am runner with a superb time of 2m08.393 seconds in very challenging conditions to go fastest in class well over four seconds clear of his closest rival. In the third and final run, the quickest of the morning with a drier line beginning to appear, Eastwood also circulated quickest in Pro-Am with a lap of 2m04.703 seconds and the average of all three drivers’ times ensured class pole position by 2.6 seconds and 10 overall places on the grid. With the wet weather remaining for the afternoon’s race, officials chose to start the encounter behind the Safety Car and Al Harthy put together a very good opening stint in the National Bank of Oman, Oman Ministry of Sports Affairs, Omantel and Barr Al Jissah liveried Aston Martin. After two laps the action proper got underway and the Omani performed well, ensuring he stayed out of trouble in the thick of the overall midfield action. Following a Full Course Yellow cautionary period at the half-hour mark, preceding the deployment of the Safety Car, when racing got back underway Al Harthy had around 20 minutes left of his stint. Pushing on, he eventually pitted from the Pro-Am lead on lap 26 to hand over to Yoluc who rejoined the race third in class. Dramatically, less than a quarter of an hour into his run, the Turkish racer sustained a left-rear puncture to badly impact chances of a podium and then, incredibly, a second puncture meant another pit visit in quick succession. More drama soon followed, albeit not involving the Oman Racing entry, with a costly tangle between the top two Pro-Am cars resulting in retirement for both. Elevating Yoluc back into third in class, albeit a couple of laps down, he handed over to Eastwood with 65 minutes remaining. With no realistic opportunity to gain ground after all of the earlier difficulties, the Northern Irishman still pushed as hard as he could and eventually took the chequered flag third in Pro-Am to seal some extremely hard-fought, and well deserved, round one silverware. “We were over the moon with our pole position, the conditions were very tricky in qualifying but all three of us did a great job in the car with some great team work”, said Ahmad. “We’re delighted with the performance of the Aston in the wet this weekend, big thanks to the TF Sport guys for their work – everything we did in practice with the set-up definitely paid off. Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit in the UK hosts round two of the Blancpain Endurance Cup season on May 11 and 12.

Sohar International clinch
football title

Sohar International were crowned champions at the first edition ..,

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MUSCAT, April 13 – Sohar International were crowned champions at the first edition of government and private sectors football tournament which was organised by Ministry of sports Affairs after registering a 3-2 win over the ministry of sports affairs team in the final at Al Amal club on Wednesday. The Ministry of Manpower team was positioned third as they won against Oman Arab Bank team 3-1 in the third place match. The final match ceremony was held under the auspices of Suleiman Ali al Hinai from Oman Arab Bank in the presence of Khalifa Saif al Essai, the Director General of Sports Activities at the Ministry of Sports Affairs, main committee organisers and officials. After the final match, the chief guest distributed the awards to the top teams and players who won the individual prizes. Sohar International team captain received the trophy and cash prize with gold medals while the runners up Ministry of Sports Affairs team players received cash prize and silver medals. Ministry of Manpower team received the bronze medals. At the individual awards level, Sami al Esmali from Sohar International grabbed the best goalkeeper award while Nasser al Sharqi from the Ministry of Manpower team received the top scorer prize with seven goals. Jaber al Shabibi from Ministry of Sports Affairs team claimed the best player award. The chief guest honoured members of organising committee, referees and sponsored companies.

Oman gearing up for Asian
Beach Handball Championship

Oman national beach handball team is gearing up for the Asian Beach...

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MUSCAT, April 15 – Oman national beach handball team is gearing up for the Asian Beach Handball Championship which will be held from June 15 to 22 in China. Hamood al Hasani, the experienced national head coach of the team, mapped a comprehensive training programme for the team’s participation at the Asian event which will include a qualification place for the top-three teams at the Beach Handball World Championships. Al Hasani told Oman Daily Observer that the team is currently busy at the domestic training camp. “We are concentrating currently at the internal camp on two different aspects. The first focused area is to develop the players physically through having training sessions at the gym. The other part is to have technical training sessions in the sand ground at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex,” the Oman national beach handball coach added. Al Hasani’s boys will continue their preparation for the Asian event through an external camp in Iran and it will include presence of the national team at the International friendly tournament which will be held at Asfhan city from April 25-28. “We will play against Iran national team which is ranked as one of the top teams in the Asian continent. Also, the tournament will feature some top Asian teams and there are chances of some Arab countries’ participation, but it is not confirmed yet,” Al Hasani said. The Sultanate team will look at the Asian event to seal their seventh direct qualification to the world beach handball championship event and their fifth successive entry. The Oman team qualified for the World Cup in 2004 for the first time in their history and after six years they participated in the global event which was held in Turkey. Then, the Sultanate hosted the world championship in Mussannah in 2012. Al Hasani’s team members took part at the Brazil edition in 2014 and Hungary in 2016. The last participation of the national team was in Russia in the previous year. “In our last participation at the Beach Handball World Championships in Russia, we were very close to seal direct qualification to the advanced rounds. However, there were only differences of nuance with opponents. We learned a lot and gained the required experience form our previous participation. We are looking forward to better accomplishments in the near furture,” Al Hasani concluded. Oman’s squad is mixed with some new faces and experienced players. The team probables: Asaad al Hassani, Hussein al Jabri, Ashraf al Hassani, Hani al Deghishi (Muscat Club), Abdullah al Roomi, Hamoud al Mamari (Sohar), Osama al Kasbi, Mahdi al Sulaimani, Yasir al Harthi, Ahmad al Hinai, Adil al Balushi, Basem al Rahbi (Seeb), Hadeifa al Siyabi, Marai al Harthy, Azzan al Maheshri, Muhannad al Zarafi (Ahli Sidab) and Abdul Aziz al Majrfi (Oman Club).