ISLAMIC GAMES 2009:
Record Turnout of Male and Female Athletes and Spectators Expected; NBA Legend and World Ranking Kick Boxer to Attend
April 18, 2009 - With just a few weeks to go, the 2009 Islamic Games-Northeast (www.islamic-games.com) is expecting a record registration of athletes and spectators. The Organizing Committee has been working tirelessly to ensure that every aspect of the event is professionally planned and executed.
The Northeast-Games is planned every year on Memorial Weekend, this year on May 22, 23 and 24 at Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, just 60 minutes from New York City and 30 minutes from Philadelphia. The Organizing Committee is also busy with its plans for the Islamic Games-Midwest (July 25-26, Ypsilanti, Michigan) and Islamic Games-West (November 27-28, Los Angeles, California)
"We are pulling out all the stops to give the athlete and spectators a great time, based on our aggressive marketing and the overwhelming responses we have been receiving so far, we believe we will surpass our expectations", said Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Mr. Salaudeen Nausrudeen.
The Islamic Games, now in its 3rd year of successful operation and rapid growth is proving to be an event that Muslim athletes, spectators and sponsors from all directions are planning to attend.
The 2009 Islamic Games Committee consists of more than 35 members who are working diligently everyday to make the Games a major success. The Committee was carefully assembled with quality persons who has a strong affinity for sports, kids and the Muslim unity, "and that's the winning combination," assured Mr. Nausrudeen
The 2,200 athletes and an estimated 15,000 spectators will be treated to more than 250 sports and athletic events including basketball, soccer, volleyball, cricket, softball, flag football, track & field, martial arts, archery, swimming, tennis, table tennis and many others (see full list of events). The events are for both male and female athletes in multiple age categories.
All events are managed by expert sports managers under the watchful eyes and guidance of registered and certified officials.
Other attractions at the Islamic Games include special appearance by NBA Legend, Zaid Abdul Aziz; and Rami Ibrahim, a world and national ranking kick boxer. Both specials guests will spend the three days with the budding and seasoned athletes and the many visitors at the games.
The Games will also feature a free 2-day Camali Fun Day Carnival which would include rock climbing wall and sling shot units; free movie nights on the lawns featuring Allah Made Me Funny, A Wing on A Prayer and Prince Among Slaves; plus a large scale bazaar with exhibitors and vendors from across the Northwest USA.
“Another very distinct feature of the Islamic Games is its diversity, the full spectrum of the American-Muslim community would be represented at the Games. A recent online Islamic Games poll of 2008 attendees indicated that they like the unity that the Games bring more than any other item,” commented Mr. Nausrudeen.
The Islamic Games is open to all athletes including non-Muslims, “it is critically important that Muslims see themselves as Americans, and they do; and that other Americans see Muslims as Americans too, the Islamic Games in its own little way intends to do just that,” remarked Mr. Nausrudeen.
What's the cost?
The Islamic Games is traditionally a very affordable event, apart from the small Athlete registration fee of $10, everyone else is free, spectators and kids.
Mr. Nausrudeen added that, "we make the Islamic Games affordable because we want Muslims to come together to have a great time. Alhamdulillah as the games grew so does our sponsorship base; sponsors are coming because they see the value that the games brings to the American Muslim Community."
Sisters Swimming and soccer added
In 2008, more than 700 females were among the 1700 athletes participating. And yes.. with hijab and all. The competition was "awesome" and the organizers for the 2009 Games are gearing up for a big increase of female athletes, especially since women’s soccer and swimming have been added.
"Over the years, we have noticed that there was a strong interest from sisters, we even received many complaints about not having enough for the sisters to do," said Salaudeen Nausrudeen, Chairman of the 2009 Islamic Games.
Other sports added to the 2009 Games are Men’s Flag Football and Men’s Swimming. The usual fierce competition is expect in Basketball, soccer, volleyball, cricket, archery, tennis, table tennis, arm wrestling and track & field.
After May 24th, the Islamic Games will be heading West, the first stop is Michigan on July 25-26 and then Los Angeles on November 27-28.
These Games are part of its near term expansion plan to host the Games in major cities across America.
"Alhamdulillah, the work that has gone is for the past few years have proven that the Islamic Games can work at the local as well as the national level. Our discussions with many interested organization and sponsors are very positive and inshallah the Islamic Games will be hosted in major cities across the USA over the next few years," ensured Mr. Nausrudeen.
One LA documentary company (www.ibglobe.com), will be developing a host of documentaries around the Islamic Games, its athletes and the impact on the communities.
The 2009 Islamic Games is sponsored by Amana Mutual Funds Trust, TSM Media, Islamic Relief, Tourism Malaysia and University Islamic Finance; it is supported by a host of other organizations, leagues and companies.
For information or media enquiries please visit www.islamic-games.com or call 718-554-7620.