16 team members will reach Japan on Saturday, including six Special Olympics UAE Athletes, five Unified Partners, their coach, and the supporting technical and administrative staff.
The Iraqi authorities confirmed that at least 60 people were injured as a result of the stampede between the masses, according to Alsumaria TV.
Salem Yousef Al Qaseer, Chairman of the Labour Standards Development Authority in Sharjah, kicked the ball to mark the opening of the much-anticipated tournament.
Italian Francesco Totti and Enrico Annoni snatched the Sharjah Padel Tournament title, the football stars edition which was organised by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority in partnership with Air Arabia...
The match on Thursday in Riyadh is set to pit Messi's Paris Saint-Germain against a select side made up of players from Ronaldo's new club Al Nassr and their Saudi rivals Al Hilal.
The tournament in the southern city of Basra brings together eight teams. More than 10,000 foreign fans had arrived in the city, located a short distance from Iraq's borders with Kuwait and Iran, an official told AFP.
The positive impact on sports in the country is likely to rub off in other areas as well. Seven in ten residents think this move will enhance the perception of Saudi Arabia as a country and draw favourable global attention towards it.
Ronaldo, who left Manchester United under a cloud after slamming the club in a TV interview, will appear at Al Nassr's 25,000-capacity Mrsool Park stadium in Riyadh at 7:00 pm (1600 GMT) on Tuesday, officials said.
Millions of new users followed the club's Instagram page, bringing the total tally to nearly 4 million, up from around 800,000 prior to the announcement.