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Al-Rashedi, Al-Shatti win gold

PM hails achievements of Kuwaiti athletes at 18th Asian Games

Gold medalist Kuwait’s Ali Abdulaziz (2nd L), silver medalist Kazakhstan’s Amir Didar Amirali (L) and bronze medalists Jordan’s Abdel Rahman Almasatfa (2nd R) and Indonesia’s Jintar Simanjuntak pose for photographers during the victory ceremony for the men’s 67kg category karate event at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 26, 2018.

KUWAIT: His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah praised yesterday the achievements made by two Kuwaiti athletes, Mansour Al-Rashedi in the shooting competitions of Skeet and karate player Ali Al-Shatti for winning gold medals at the 18th Asian Games in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. His Highness expressed his sincere congratulations to the heroes of Kuwait and his pride in these results achieved during the Asian Games and to raise the banner of Kuwait high in the skies at the Indonesian capital and through international sports arena. His Highness stressed that the Kuwaiti youth is a source of pride for the country and its wealth, wishing everyone prosperity and success.

Kuwait’s Information Minister and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Mohammad Al-Jabri expressed keenness yesterday to translate the directives of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to provide all means and care for Kuwaiti youth, especially athletes. Jabri congratulated players Mansour Al-Rashidi, winner of the gold medal in shooting game skeet and Ali Al-Shatti, winner of the karate (67 kg) gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. The Kuwaiti athletes always prove their excellence and their ability in the international competitions and their keenness to raise the flag of their country in all forums, affirming Kuwait’s experiences and talents worthy of appreciation and pride, Jabri said.

Jabri praised the great interest paid by His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to the youth and his constant support for them to activate their positive participation in building the nation and its prosperity. He noted to the great care given by the government, especially His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, through an ambitious national strategy to empower the Kuwaiti youth, support their initiatives and innovations, and develop their skills, which reflected positively on their participation in regional and international forums.

Proud to see Kuwaiti flag high thanks to our heroes in Asian Games – Speaker
Kuwaiti National Assembly Speaker Marzooq Ali Al-Ghanem expressed yesterday his joy in watching the flag of Kuwait flying high thanks to achievements made by our heroes Al-Rashidi and Al-Shatti at the 18th Asian Games. “We were thrilled to see the flag of Kuwait flying high in a scene that we were deprived of for a long time after Al-Rashidi won the gold medal in the shooting competitions (Skeet) and Al-Shatti also in the karate competitions,” Al-Ghanem told reporters at the National Assembly. He expressed his hope that “more achievements will be achieved for our young heroes at the Games, despite the limited potential and lack of preparations because the ban was just lifted.”He also congratulated His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the Kuwaiti people in general and athletes in particular for the Olympic participation suspension temporarily lifted hoping it to become permanent as it did for football. Al-Ghanem expressed his thanks and appreciation to His Highness the Amir and His Highness the Crown Prince for all their support towards their children who are fulfilling their duties in this case and to the government side, represented by His Highness Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, the Prime Minister who formed a ministerial committee consisting of three ministers to follow up. He also thanked the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah for his keenness and support to the organisers of this file led by Director General of the General Authority for Sport, Dr Hamoud Fleith. He also thanked the Information Minister, Minister of State for Youth Affairs Mohammed Al-Jabri, former youth ministers Khaled Al-Roudhan, who is currently Minister of Trade and Industry and Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah, who currently serves as the Civil Aviation Chief. He thanked the parliamentary Youth and Sports Committee and all the deputies who attended the session of December 3rd and resulted in the adoption of Law No. 87 of 2017 on the sport.

Meanwhile, President of Kuwait and Arab Shooting Federations Engineer Duaij Al-Otaibi expressed great pride in Rashidi’s gold medal achievement in the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and for raising the flag of Kuwait in this prestigious continental sports arena. Otaibi said that what has been achieved at this competition makes the Kuwaiti shooting sport ‘very proud’, especially that this participation was decided just two days before the games began, but Rahsidi was prepared and performed heroically in all stages of the competition. Otaibi added that he was optimistic to continue on these achievements in light of the great support given by the Kuwaiti government, expressing the hope that the Kuwaiti and Arab teams will achieve more in this session.

Otaibi dedicated this victory to His Highness the Amir, His Highness the Crown Prince, His Highness the Prime Minister and all Kuwaiti people. He thanked all those who contributed to this achievement from the family of the Kuwaiti Shooting Club, in particular the honorary president of the club, the head of the General Directorate of Civil Aviation Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah and other members of the club, and also appreciated the support and patronage of Minister Jabri, for all club activities.

The Secretary general of Kuwait and Arab Shooting Federations Obaid Al-Osaimi said that this achievement is evidence of the distinguished Kuwaiti champions in this heritage sport, stressing that Kuwait has high-class shooters who are able to overcome all difficulties they face. Osaimi said that this win is of great importance and to have Rashidi raise the Kuwaiti flag in this session, although the decision to participate came late because the ban was lifted from the Kuwaiti sport just two days before the launch of the 2018 Asian Games in the hope that Kuwaiti shooters will continue to make achievements. – KUNA

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