Bahrain lose volleyball opener

September 11, 20190

?Bahrain women’s national volleyball team had a heartbreaking start to their title defence in the Fifth GCC Women’s Games yesterday (Wednesday) in Doha.
The nationals went down 0-3 (15-25, 10-25, 17-25) to the UAE  at Aspire Academy volleyball hall.
The team, under national tactician Yasine Al Meel, were unable to match the strength of their opponents, who dominated much of the game with some excellent skills and a coherent teamwork.
Elsewhere, Bahrain were back on course in the handball championship at Aspire Zone. A well-earned 17-10 victory over Oman helped Bahrain shrug off their disappointing 11-25 defeat to host country Qatar in the tournament opener.
Oman, on the other hand, suffered their second defeat in a row after going down 11-23 to the UAE on Tuesday. Bahrain, who finished third in the previous edition of the Games in Muscat, play their third match today against Oman at 4.30pm.
Fatma Al Jal was Bahrain’s top scorer with four goals, while Sondos Al Amri (3 goals), Safa Ahmed, Heba Abdulla (2), Mahiya Abdulla (1), Aya Faisal and Noora Yaqoub also spearheaded Bahrain in last night’s game. Bahrain play the UAE today in their third match at 4pm at the Aspire Zone.
In fencing, Bahrain medal hopes were dashed after losing their quarter-final contests in both the epee and flores events at Aspire Academy’s fencing hall.
In flores, Layla Fardeen and Maha Al Dossary both crashed out of the quarter-finals, while compatriots Sumaya Khalid and Mona Ahmed were able to reach the last-16 round.
Dana Khalil, Maram Mohammed and Sumaya Khalid qualified for the last-16 round, where their hopes of advancing into the next stages were vanished.
Games action continues today, the second day of the games, with the shooting and athletics events first day.
The five-day shooting events gets underway at Lusail Shooting Circuit with the 50m rifle and 10mpistol contests.
In athletics, set to take place at Qatar Club from 4pm, competitions in 100m hurdles, high jump, javelin throw, 100m, pole vault, 400m, shot put, 10,000m finals are scheduled for today.
Other venues hosting this edition games are the Ladies Club at the Equestrian Federation, Qatar Sports Club, Qatar Bowling Center, and Qatar Chess Association.
More than 800 athletes from four GCC countries – Bahrain, Oman, UAE and the host country, Qatar – are lined up for the fifth edition of the games, which will come to a close on March 17.
They compete in 10 different sports championships, namely basketball, handball, table tennis, volleyball, chess, athletics, archery, fencing, taekwondo and bowling.
Bahrain, who were crowned overall champions of the third and fourth editions in 2013 and 2015 in Manama and Muscat, look to complete their hat-trick this year in Doha.
Bahrain’s delegation is being headed by Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Deputy General Secretary and Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) board member and Women’s Sport Committee chairwoman Shaikha Hayat bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa.

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