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Laing Orouke confident of title defence

Dubai: Al Habtoor LG and Laing Orouke will be looking ahead to the defence of their titles as the Fourth Labour Sports Festival is held on April 4 and 18.

Last year, Al Habtoor LG won the cricket tournament defeating Dubai Municipality in the final, while Laing Orouke rode on a superb performance from man of the match Pratap to clinch the volleyball crown.

“This year we do not have our best player [Pratap] as he has changed jobs, but we have a good team and we feel we can defend our title,” Abdullah Padiyath, Welfare Manager, Laing Orouke told Gulf News.

“We are always willing to participate in such sporting initiatives as it helps our employees to bond and contribute positively,” Padiyath added.

Dr Ahmad Sa’ad Al Sharif, General Secretary, Dubai Sports Council (DSC) affirmed that the sports festival is being held as per the vision laid down by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in creating a unique city embracing all communities living here.

“A happy workforce is a pleasant and satisfied society and we need to assure that everyone living in Dubai has access to pursuing physical activity and keeping healthy,” he added.

Brigadier Obaid Muhair Bin Surour, Chairman, Permanent Committee of Labour Affairs in Dubai, reiterated the need to have sporting events involving Dubai workforce. “This helps us achieve the Dubai Government vision of having a happy community through the involvement of the entire society,” Brig. Bin Surour said.

A cricket tournament with 12 teams and a volleyball competition involving eight sides has been lined up for the fourth edition this year. Both are one-day events with the cricket to be played at the Dubai Municipality ground in Sonapur on April 4 and the presentation of both trophies to be held after the volleyball final at the indoor Dulsco courts in Al Quoz on April 18.