Iraq’s Basra hosts West Asia athletics games with Kuwait partaking


The fifth West Asian Athletics Championship for men and women kicked off Wednesday in the Iraqi City of Basra, with the participations of 13 countries including Kuwait.

The event, which is held at the Great Hall of the Trunk of the Palm stadium, will last until June 1, Iraq’s Ministry of Youth and Sports said in a statement.

The tournament was inaugurated by Iraqi Youth Minister Ahmad Al-Mubarqa, in the presence of President of the West Asian Athletics Association Sayyar Al Enezi, it added. The ministry provided support to make a successful edition of this tournament to be added to previous accomplishments that were organized by Iraq, the minister was quoted by the statement as saying.

The tournament includes the host country, Iraq, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, the UAE, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Yemen, Syria, and Iran, in addition to Kuwait, which has 18 male and female athletes and eight trainers.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Heads of GCC Olympic cmtes. meet in Qatar


Heads of GCC Olympic committees convened their 36th meeting in Doha on Wednesday in the presence of GCC Secretary-General Jasem Al-Budaiwi and President of Kuwait Olympic Committee Sheikh Fahad Nasser Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

Opening the meeting, President of Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani said his country looks forward to reaching decisions through the meeting to meet the aspirations of the leaders and peoples of the GCC member states.

He appreciated the great efforts made by the GCC Olympic committees to advance the Olympic movement and promote sports in their respective countries.

Sheikh Joaan congratulated the UAE on the successful hosting of the first GCC youth games, noting that the games constituted a milestone in fostering the skills of a new generation of sportspeople in the region.

On his part, Al-Budaiwi said the meeting coincided with the 43rd anniversary of the GCC which is a source of pride for all peoples of the GCC countries.

The GCC made headway in bringing the G
CC peoples closer to each other and realizing their common aspirations in all areas, including the sports one, he said in a speech to the gathering.

Under the instructions of the GCC leaders related to care for the youth, the GCC Secretariat will be celebrating the GCC Youth Day this year to show support to the youth and honor those who made outstanding achievements in sports, Al-Budaiwi disclosed.

He congratulated the State of Kuwait on the successful bid for hosting the 26th GCC Football Cup and congratulated QOC on its 45th anniversary.

Led by Sheikh Fahad Nasser Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Kuwait delegation to the meeting includes secretary of KOC Hassan Al-Mesallam, assistant secretary Ali Al-Marri and director of KOC President’s Office Hamad Al-Rashidi.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Ministry of Sports and Youth Launches Qatar’s Youth Delegate to UN Program

Doha: May 26 – The Ministry of Sports and Youth, represented by the Youth Affairs Department, launched on Sunday Qatar’s Youth Delegate to the United Nations training program, held at the United Nations House in Doha and runs until May 30.

Twenty Four Qatari young men and women from the ministry’s strategic programs are participating in the program, which seeks to prepare a group of Qatari youth to represent the State of Qatar at the United Nations meetings to take place in various countries from June-December 2024.

Director of the Youth Affairs Department at the Ministry of Sports and Youth Fawaz Al Mesaifri told Qatar News Agency that this program is a realization of the ministry’s vision of a proactive, responsible, and patriotic youth, and a sports-oriented society capable of contributing actively to Qatar’s development on all levels, supporting the Qatar National Vision 2030, and ensuring a qualified workforce to serve the national vision’s goals and aspirations.

Al Mesaifri said that the training wil
l focus on familiarizing participants with the Sustainable Development Goals, diplomatic negotiation, United Nations principles, and work mechanisms, enhancing their knowledge of international organizations, as well as Qatar’s foreign policy’s take on a number of international issues.

The Director of the Youth Affairs Department at the Ministry of Sports and Youth noted that those participating in the program are among Qatar’s youth elite, being prepared for future engagements on the world stage, especially those related to the United Nations.

Regarding the selection process of program beneficiaries, Al Mesaifri explained that the selection pool included participants from the ministry’s various programs, with candidates being selected based on their performance in an interview, their English language proficiency, and their familiarity with international organizations, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Qatar’s role in achieving SDGs.

He added that upon the completion of the intensive week program, a
team from the ministry will hold a progress evaluation session for participants to address any shortcomings.

In a similar statement to QNA, Director of the Qatar youth delegate to the United Nations program, Rashid Al Naimi, said that it is being conducted with the participation of governmental and international partners such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Planning Council, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Educate A Child, and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Program beneficiary Sheikh Mohammed bin Thamer Al-Thani told QNA that the program is full of various courses and workshops, the most important of which are negotiation skills and the State of Qatar’s foreign policy. He added that studying International Affairs at QU provides him with an opportunity to translate theory into practice through practicing negotiation skills and representing Qatar in international forums.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Thamer Al-Thani affirmed that the program meets his ambitions, as it provides one with a s
ufficiently wide range of knowledge and skills.

Qatar University student and program beneficiary, Amna Mohammed Al Dahneem, said that she had joined the program out of her aspiration to be part of the Qatar National Vision 2030, channeling all of her energy and capabilities into representing the State of Qatar on the international stage in the best way possible. Al Dahneem pointed out that she is specializing in Early Childhood Education, a field in which she would like to represent her country.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Al Gharafa Coach to QNA: Best Coach Award Serves as Motivation for Next Season

Doha: May 26 – Al Gharafa coach, Pedro Martins, expressed his happiness for receiving the Best Coach Award in the Qatar Football Association (QFA) Awards Ceremony for the 2023-2024 season, held at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) on Sunday, adding that this award serves as a great motivation for him and the team in the upcoming season.

Martins told Qatar News Agency that this award is the fruit of the entire club’s tremendous efforts during this tough season, which saw Al Gharafa advance significantly and present an outstanding performance, in which they competed for the league’s title, reaching the semi-finals in both the Qatar and HH the Amir Cups.

The Portuguese coach explained that Al Gharafa faced many challenges this season, having aspired to win the league and indeed managing to lead the standings at times, however, the team stumbled and lost some points in the final rounds, giving Al Sadd the opportunity to clinch the title. Martins affirmed that the difference was minimal between the com
peting teams, namely Al Sadd, Al Rayyan, Al Gharafa, and Al Wakrah.

Al Gharafa’s coach concluded his statement by thanking the Qatar Football Association and the Qatar Stars League for their great efforts during the season, wishing everyone success in the future.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Akram Afif to QNA: Winning Best Player, Top Scorer Awards Was Result of Collective Effort

Doha: May 26 – Al Sadd player Akram Afif expressed his happiness at winning both the Top Scorer and Best Player awards for the 2023-2024 season at the Qatar Football Association Awards ceremony held Sunday at the Qatar National Convention Centre.

In a press statement to QNA, Afif said that winning these two awards was a result of the collective effort from both Al Sadd and the Qatari national team. He described the current season as exceptional and challenging, highlighted by the national team’s victory in the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023 for the second consecutive time, as well as Al Sadd securing the league title and the 2024 HH the Amir Cup.

Afif praised the efforts of his teammates in the national team, acknowledging their role in securing the continental title. He emphasized that his primary focus is contributing to winning titles with both the national team and his club, rather than seeking individual awards, which are a result of collective teamwork.

He also highlighted the significant roles of the tech
nical, administrative, and medical staff in achieving a player’s high performance.

Afif stated that he always aims to deliver his best performance and strives to maintain his high level of play to help achieve more championships. He noted that winning the AFC Asian Cup 2023 with the national team would serve as a significant motivation for the future. He expressed his ambition to contribute to qualifying for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which will be his main goal in the coming period.

Akram Afif also expressed his delight at winning the Expo Stars League with Al Sadd and ending the season with the 2024 HH the Amir Cup. He hoped that the team would perform even better in the next season, especially in the AFC Champions League, which will be their primary goal as players.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Kuwait Club, Shahrdary Gorgan Reach Semi-Finals of FIBA WASL Final 8

Doha: May 26 – Kuwait Club and Iranian Shahrdary Gorgan reached the Semi-Finals of the FIBA West Asia Super League (WASL) Final 8 for the sport season 2023-2024, which hosted by Doha for the first time at the Lusail Sports Hall.

Kuwait Club and Iranian Shahrdary Gorgan qualified after beating Kuwaiti Kazma and Indian Tamil Nadu teams respectively.

In the first match, Kuwait Club defeated its compatriot Kazma 99-95, with a difference of only 4 points, after playing two additional times. It was a strong match for both teams.

The original four periods of the match ended in a 70-70 draw (18-21, 19-13, 15-21, 18-15). The two teams tied in the first extra time 14-14 but Kuwait Club decided the match and won it in the second extra time 15-11.

In the second match, the Iranian Shahrdary Gorgan team scored a 104-91 major victory over the Indian Tamil Nadu team with a difference of 13 points.

The four periods of the match were (29-20, 23-17, 29-22, 23-32) for Shahrdary Gorgan.

Source: Qatar News Agency