By Lubna Hamdan
The event will feature robotic swimming, running, and wrestling amongst other sports
Dubai has revealed that it will organise the first World Future Sports Games in December 2017 as part of its new economic sector, Future Sports, supported by the city’s World Federation of Future Sports.
The event will feature nine competitions based on modern technology and artificial intelligence sports. These will include driverless car racing, robotic swimming, running, and wrestling, robotic table tennis and soccer, drones and manned drones racing, and a cybathlon competition.
Teams from around the world will be able to participate.
The future sports initiatives were launched under the instructions of the Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
“Today we start a new phase in our march to the future through the launch of these unique initiatives that are built on the success of our global platforms, the UAE Drones for Good Award and UAE AI and Robotics Award for Good. Over the last two years, these platforms have attracted thousands of entries and hundreds of teams from around the world to strengthen the position of the UAE in the field of innovation at the global level,” said the Crown Prince.
He explained that Dubai will motivate future sports in order to drive innovation and research in the UAE’s field of technology.
“Innovation in sports is an important part of building the UAE innovation system and achieving our vision to enhance the advanced status of the UAE in this area at the international level,” he said, adding that the World Federation of Future Sports will join forces with other international federations to organise similar competitions around the world.
He said the initiative aims to attract thousands of researchers to generate economic value worth billions of dollars.
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