By Abdellatif Sharaa
KUWAIT: The Late Sheikh Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah Shooting Tournament concluded on Saturday at the Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Olympic Shooting Complex. The tournament featured competitions in the 10m air pistol and rifle as well as Olympic archery.
The men’s 10 m pistol competition saw Hamad Abdullah Al-Namshan winning first place followed by Ali Saad Al-Mutairi as Hassan Al-Failakamy took third place. Meanwhile Ali Farhan Al-Mutairi won first place in the 10 m rifle, while Abdallah Awadh Al-Harby came second and Majid Hayef Al-Dhafiri third.
In the women’s 10 m pistol competition, Sundus Bader Al-Hamad won first place, while Israa Bahman came second and Mariam Al-Kandary third. Mariam Mohammad Irzouqi took first place in the 10 m rifle competition, followed by Fatima Awadh and Reem Al-Bughaili who finished second and third, respectively.
The men’s Olympic archery competition saw Faisal Baraka Al-Rashidi winning first place, followed by Abdullah Taha and Abdullah Al-Harby who finished second and third, respectively. The men’s compound archery contest saw Abdullah Yaqoub Malallah winning first place, Bader Al-Shilahi second and Ahmad Al-Shatti third.
Following the conclusion of the ceremony, the championship’s sponsor Sheikh Mubarak Al-Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah spoke to journalists and said the family of the Late Sheikh Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah is keen on organizing this tournament annually to commemorate his memory “as one of Kuwait’s loyal men”, and in support of the club.
He said this championship is an important stage to prepare Kuwaiti shooters for upcoming international events. Sheikh Mubarak Al-Abdullah lauded the efforts of the Kuwait Shooting Sport Club’s Board of Directors to develop the sport, which resulted in achievements in several important international events.
Meanwhile, President of Kuwait and Arab Shooting Federations Duaij Al-Otaibi said the tournament saw a large number of shooters participating, noting that shooters exhibited an “excellent technical level” as indicated by their scores. He valued the support of Sheikh Mubarak Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah to organize this tournament annually.
Furthermore, Otaibi reiterated that the championship serves as a good preparation for Kuwaiti shooters who prepare to take part in the third Gulf Games that Kuwait hosts in January 2022, and the HH the Amir International Grand Prix to be held in Kuwait in March 2022.