Matar Ali Ahmad Rashed Al Habsi advances to next round of competition
DUBAI, 2nd January 2017: The fourth episode of the 17th edition of the Fazza Championship for Youllah produced some exhilarating performances in Al Meydan quadrant at Global Village on Friday 30th December night, as three more contestants began their quest for the title.
Organized and supervised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC) to revive heritage sports, the 18 finalists are vying for the grand prize of AED 1 million and the Fazza Youllah Championship trophy over 13 rounds of the competition every Friday at 9pm.
Large crowds once again thronged to witness the program in Global Village in Dubai and entertained by Emirati singer Mohammed Al Minhali.
At the outset, it was confirmed that Matar Ali Ahmad Rashed Al Habsi (number 1) had advanced to the second round of competition.
Abdullah Ali Saadain Al Shehhi (number 4) from Ras Al Khaimah was the first to take the stage and was a sheer joy to watch as he twirled the Youllah weapon with an air of confidence. He also showed great skill by hitting the 17-metre twice in four attempts by throwing the weapon in the air to earn the plaudits of the judges to earn an impressive 46 points.
Issa Salman Mohammed Salman (number 12) from Bahrain won the hearts of the crowd with his cheerful disposition as he maintained his poise and composure despite failing to hit the bell and also losing control of the weapon a few times. The judges lauded his efforts and encouraged him by giving him 45 points.
Ahmed Abdullah Al Harsusi (number 13) was by far the most outstanding Yuweel performer on the night. He hardly put a foot wrong and stunned the audience by hitting the bell four consecutive times, despite injuring his hand while catching the weapon during the third attempt. The judges rewarded his brilliant performance with a near perfect score of 49.
The Championship organizers HHC have amended the format of competition this year adding a hint of international television programmes. The 18 finalists have been divided into three groups of six each. Each group will come under the eyes of an expert member of the jury as his mentor. The merits of each Yuweel (Youllah performer) will be assessed and his performances fine-tuned to unearth his talents and if he gains the votes from the two juries (excluding his mentor). As the Yuweel qualifies at the various stages of the competition, the final rounds will also involve the public as they get to choose through voting. Upon the number of votes the four winners will be announced accordingly in the grand finale.
The tournament organizers announced that voting for the finalists should be according to their numbers as follows: Matar Ali Ahmad Rashed Al Habsi (number 1) Saif Suhail Saif Al Samahi (number 2) Hamdan Mohammed bin Musleh Al Ahbabi (number 3) Abdullah Ali Saadan Shehhi (number 4) Humaid Obaid Hassan bin Rakkad (number 5) Muhammad Abdullah bin Sabih Al Wahaibi (number 6) Saeed Mohammed bin Musleh Al Ahbabi (number 7) Mabkhoot Salim Hamad Al Ameri (number 8) Hamad Al Thani Obaid Bel Kedida Al Falasi (number 9) Issa Khamis Bilal (number 10) Muhammad Ali Saif Sowaidan Al Qayedi (number 11) Issa Salman Mohammed Salman (number 12) Ahmed Abdullah Al Harsusi (number 13) Abdul Rahman Mohammed (number 14) Mohammed Abdullah Hamdan bin Dalmook (number 15) Ahmed Mohammed Said Al Habsi (number 16) Saeed Obaid Saeed Al Wahaibi (number 17) Abdul Salam Abdul Razzaq Abtan (number 18)
Voting via text messages could be done as follows: Saudi Arabia (Mobily 636,666, Zain 742 151), Bahrain (Zain 94,549, FIFA 98 027, Batelco 94,121), Qatar (Oorado 92 045), the UAE (dU 4401, etisalat 4401), Kuwait (Zain 96,911, Oorado 1741), Oman (Oorado 91,829, Oman Thiel 91 192), Iraq (Asia-Cell in 2415, Couric 2598, Zain in 2669, Yemen (MTN 2602, Sabafon 4557, Wi-7140) Yemen (Mobile 88 366) and the rest of the world call (008821626774199).
The official sponsors of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center are: Al Tayer Motors, Land Rover, Dubai Airports, Dubai World Trade Centre, AW Rostamani (Arabian Automobiles), Global Village and Al Oula radio station.
‘Youllah’ is a well-established folk art over the years where an iconic rifle is spun around to the rhythmic beat of Arabic music. One of the heritage traditions performed by the young and the not so elderly during ceremonies, Youllah as a sport began with real weapons in the past and then evolved into a weapon used with a hollow inside and free of ammunition. Now it has become even more lighter enabling participants to display greater agility and more skills in a dance form.