Next year, Ismaili Muslims from around the world will gather to renew a tradition of excellence in international sport.
National Ismaili Councils worldwide announced on Navroz day that the second cycle of the Jubilee Games will be held in July 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Games seek to encourage and support Ismaili athletes in achieving excellence in competitive sport, and to enhance the Jamat’s awareness and appreciation for physical fitness and health.
“We want to build on the 2008 Games,” says Aitmadi Mahmoud Eboo, Chairman of the Ismaili Leaders' International Forum. “The level of talent and competition on display in 2008 was impressive,” he says, “and there will be opportunities for our accomplished athletes and coaches to share their expertise, not only during the Jubilee Games but in all our sporting endeavours.”
Anjum Asodia of Nairobi recalls the Golden Jubilee Games with fondness. “They were a totally different experience — a pioneering event,” she says. “All those who took part have now set the benchmark for the future Games.”
A manager for Team Kenya in 2008, she adds that “the Games confirmed to me that when one Ismaili meets another — no matter which part of the world they are from — there is an instant bonding, which is priceless.”
The Dubai Games are expected to draw Ismaili athletes, coaches, trainers and spectators from across the globe. “The Jamat of the United Arab Emirates looks forward to hosting the Jubilee Games,” says Huzur Mukhi Amiruddin Thanawalla, President of the Ismaili Council for the UAE.
“We welcome our brother and sister athletes and spectators from around the world to come to Dubai in 2016, and share in a memorable event.”
TheIsmaili.org will continue to provide updates on the Jubilee Games as information becomes available.