Arab amateur fishing championship launches in Aqaba

For the first time in history, the competition features a Jordanian women’s team

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AMMAN — On Friday, the shores of Aqaba witnessed the launch of the first-ever Arab open fishing championship for amateurs, featuring the participation of 24 teams representing 5 Arab countries. This event was organized by the Royal Marine Sports Federation, in collaboration with the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, the Arab Confederation for Fishing, and the Tala Bay Resort.اضافة اعلان

For the first time ever, a Jordanian women’s team
This championship, which follows a six-year hiatus in fishing tournaments, is remarkable for introducing a Jordanian women's team for the first time in the history of fishing sports, Alsaa reported.

Hamza Haj Hassan, deputy chairman of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, expressed the purpose behind hosting this inaugural Arab championship in Aqaba. It aims to diversify activities, boost community engagement, enhance tourism, and promote sportsmanship. The goal is to create a conducive environment for enthusiasts of this hobby to compete in a beautiful and exhilarating setting. This championship is part of the annual plan of the authority and will become an annual tradition.

He underscored the authority's strong support and its dedication to placing Aqaba firmly on the regional tourist and sports map. This effort seeks to showcase the city's rich cultural and tourist heritage as a global tourist destination.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Al-Maghribi, president of the Royal Marine Sports Federation, highlighted the significance of the tournament, which features teams from five Arab countries, including Egypt, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan as the host nation. Its primary aim is to revive the sport of fishing, which had been dormant for six years. He also announced plans to establish a national fishing team to participate in Arab and international competitions, acknowledging that fishing holds a special place in Aqaba, being a traditional profession passed down through generations.

16 anglers, including a Jordanian women’s team
He added that alongside the open Arab championship, a local tournament would also be held with the participation of 16 local anglers, including a Jordanian women's team represented by a captain and a member of one of the participating teams.

Rami Odeh, Director of Tala Bay Resort, emphasized that the championship underlines its role as a new and valuable tourism product benefiting Aqaba. Tala Bay Resort provided the marina, serving as the launching and return center for the participating fishermen.

In terms of prizes, it is important to note that awards in the open Arab championship will be given for the first, second, and third places, based on the largest weight of fish caught, as well as for the top three positions with the highest quantity of fish caught. Additionally, there will be a special award for the youngest participant in the championship, enhancing competitiveness among all participants.

As a side attraction, the fish caught during the championship will be marketed and displayed to the public in Aqaba over the course of the two tournament days.

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