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Mansour bin Mohammed: Sports is a universal language that contributes to the rapprochement of peoples

  • Mansour bin Mohammed with the racing champions.

    Cinematography: Mostafa Qassemi


His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, welcomed the world champions participating in the Criterium Giro d'Italia - Dubai bicycle race, which was held at the headquarters of Expo 2020 Dubai, as the first global event of its kind in cycling. Aerodynamic is held inside the headquarters of the World Expo.

It is also the first to be held outside Italy and bears the name of the world-renowned "Giro d'Italia" cruise.

His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, during the meeting, which was attended by Mattar Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, and Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of the Dubai Sports Council, stressed that sport is a global language that contributes to creating a positive rapprochement between peoples through competitions and championships in Various sports fields, including cycling, which enjoy great interest and care in the UAE, especially Dubai, which is keen to be a bicycle-friendly city, with the organization of major events that raise awareness of its importance, including the Criterium Giro de Italia race. His Highness pointed out that the noble goals that are encouraged through sports are in line with the goals of the Expo 2020 Dubai, which raises the slogan "Connecting Minds... Creating the Future".

For their part, the riders participating in the "Critrium Giro d'Italia - Dubai" expressed their thanks to His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, for the welcome and hospitality they found in Dubai, and expressed their admiration for the emirate's comprehensive sports renaissance in the light of official interest and encouragement. And the high-level infrastructure that the emirate has prepared to serve various types of sports, including cycling, which Dubai has been interested in spreading its tracks in various parts of the emirate to encourage residents to practice and adopt sports in general as a way of life, while they also expressed their appreciation for the Dubai cycling challenge, which attracts From a large community participation, it reached nearly 33,000 participants of different ages and fitness abilities.

The race designed for the Dubai Expo was organized in cooperation with the Italian Pavilion, with the participation of 30 of the world's most famous professional cycling champions, led by Colombian Egan Bernali, Tour de France and Italy champion, Slovakian Peter Sagan, three-time world champion, Italian Ilia Viviani, also three-time world champion, and his fellow countryman. Olympian Filippo Gana.

The race took place over 30 laps for a distance of 60 km in circular tracks in the form of the infinity sign within the corridors of Expo.

The Giro d'Italia star riders also participated in the Dubai Cycling Challenge, which was organized on Sheikh Zayed Road on Friday morning.

Mansour bin Mohammed:

• "Dubai is keen to be a bike-friendly city, while organizing major events that raise awareness of its importance."