Dubai: Slah Bramly has handed away. A good friend, a mentor, a sympathiser, an official and eventually, an sincere man.
Once I heard that Slah was no extra on Wednesday I used to be left pondering through the years since we first met. It was 2001 and I clearly bear in mind the Dubai Tennis Championships was ready expectantly for among the high girls gamers for the inaugural match.
The tennis stadium was like a house to me throughout these two weeks and Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, the then vice chairman of Tennis Emirates referred to as to say that he would love me to return over and meet the brand new technical secretary.
I made time and there earlier than me was a easy man, with no frills, however simply plain speak on how we may inject some spirit on this sport particularly on the grassroots ranges. Within the background and seated on the different desk was his shy spouse Ramla and their first-born, Fatima.
Because the years rolled by, I acquired to know the Bramly household even higher. Fatima acquired the corporate with Yasmine and Yosra following. And, Slah’s enthusiasm for seeing tennis unfold among the many UAE inhabitants solely grew.
Having an individual like Slah round, helped in additional methods than one. For one, there was nothing tennis-related that he wasn’t aware of. Be it the altering guidelines or the introduction of recent balls for the children’ growth programme, he was there with all the data one wanted. He was like a ready-reckoner who may reply any query and clarify intimately.
As time handed, I acquired to actually know Slah. Like several of us, he had his pet concepts, beliefs and targets. And he chased these with vigour and enthusiasm. His all-time pet thought was to someday see a pool of native UAE children compete with one another for a spot within the nationwide squad representing the nation at prestigious competitions such because the Davis Cup.
He liked internet hosting competitions for youths. He liked being round them. One of many final such competitions was held at Al Nasr Leisureland’s tennis courts a while final yr, and Slah was there regardless that his well being didn’t precisely permit him to take the stress.
However, he valued individuals and believed in them. I bear in mind he as soon as telling me to “by no means go away protecting UAE tennis”, just because there weren’t many in my occupation who even bothered to offer it due publicity.
“You’re doing good service for the sport within the UAE. I do know, and you realize, what we’re up in opposition to. However, the vital factor is that we stick round just a little bit extra for the sake of those kids and for the sake of this sport,” he would smile.
You didn’t preserve your a part of the deal, Slah.
Relaxation in Peace, my good friend.