By Abdellatif Sharaa
KUWAIT: Kuwait continued their dominance at the Third Gulf Games – topping the medal table as they added one more gold medal in the eSport. The sandstorm that hit Kuwait caused the postponement of some games including the Ice Hockey match between Kuwait and Bahrain. Some of the Volleyball, Basketball, Table Tennis and the women Futsal matches were also postponed.
Excellent women presence
A member of Kuwait Olympic Committee, Chairwoman of Women Sport Committee Fatima Hayat said women’s participation in this Gulf Games is a start for the development of women sport in GCC, adding that “there will be one vision for more support in the field of women sport.” The opening ceremony of the Games was attended by Chairwoman of the Gulf Organizing Committee of Women Sport, Member of Bahrain Olympic Committee Sheikha Hayat Bint Abdelaziz Al Khalifa, Member of Oman Olympic Committee Lujainabint Mohsen, Assistant Secretary General for Administrative and Financial Affairs of UAE Olympic Committee Azzabint Suleiman, Undersecretary of KSA’s Sports ministry for Strategic Planning and Investment, Member of Saudi Arabia’s Olympic Committee Adhwaabint Abdelrahman Al-Areefi and Chairwoman of Qatar Sports Committee Lulua Al-Merri.
President of Bahrain’s Tennis Federation Sheikh Abdelaziz Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa lauded the sports facilities and thanked Kuwait government for hosting the games. He also appreciated the excellent organization.
The fourth round of Volleyball competitions will resume on Wednesday with a match between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia (7:00 pm), this will be followed by UAE and Oman (3pm) and then Bahrain vs Qatar (5pm).
Kuwait wins eSport gold
Kuwait eSport’s players Abdallah Al-Reesh and Mushari Al-Kayed won the gold medal of Fifa22. Al-Reesh defeated UAE’s Ahmad Al-Suwaidi in the final match and took the silver medal, while the bronze medal went to Oman’s Fahad Al-Hasani. Wednesday will be the finals of the League of Legends – with the participation of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE.
Qabazard, Antar advance
Kuwait tennis player Essa Qabazard defeated Qatar’s Mousa Shanan 6-3/6-1, while Abdel Hameed Mubarak defeated Qatar’s Mubarak Shanan 6-1/6-1 while Bader Antar beat Bahrain’s Hassan Abdelreda 6-3/6-0 in round 16. Meanwhile, Ali Al-Shatti lost to Qatar’s Rashid Nawaf 4-6/4-6 as Hussein Al-Shatti lost to Saudi Arabia’s Abdallah Al-Faraj 5-7/3-6.
At the Women Cycling 49:700 kilometers race competition, UAE won the individuals gold, silver and bronze medals. Shikha Rashid won gold, Safiya Al-Sayegh won silver and Huda Hussein won the bronze. UAE also won gold; Saudi Arabia took silver while Kuwait won bronze at team event.