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ICE HOCKEY SPREADING IN UAE

Ice hockey is becoming one of the fastest growing sports in the hot country of UAE. On the back of the national team winning the Asian Cup in 2009 and finishing third in the Asian Olympic Winter Games, ice hockey is enjoying a boon to such an extent that development programmes are over subscribed.

Representatives of the IIHF, who are in the capital to oversee a training camp for the best Under 17 players in Asia, have vowed to help the country cope with the increasing interest.

"Ice hockey is developing so fast in the UAE, as it all over the Middle East," Jukka Tiikkaja said.

"It's good that there are rinks available here and an infrastructure in place to cope with the demands of the sport.