Bahrain women’s handball team will look to follow in the footsteps of the men’s team next month when the handball competition of the GCC Women’s Games takes place in Muscat.
The fourth edition of the games is scheduled to take place from March 8 to 18 with athletes from all over the GCC to compete in various sports championships.
Bahrain Handball Association’s national teams director Ismail Baqer said the women’s team have been training twice a week under its coach Ahmed Mansoor and his assistant Hassan Al Nasheet.
The handball team delegation consists of manager Fahad Al Khathlan, administrator Shouq Al Haddad, physiotherapist Zaynab Anwar and two to-be-named referees to travel with the team to Muscat.
However, the 16-member team have stepped up their preparations and are now having four sessions per week at the Bahrain Handball Association gym in Um Al Hasam.
Baqer said the team’s main target is to reach the final match of the handball competition, which is indeed something that they are confident of in line with the promising talents they have.
“We have achieved third place in the first edition of the games in Kuwait, then came second in the following championship in Doha. The team’s performance have been on the rise and we are confident we can finish on top this time in Muscat,” said Baqer.
The team, comprising players aged between 18 and 21, is getting significant support from the Bahrain Handball Association board of directors, who have big faith in the team’s ability to compete for the title.
“We believe the championship will be well contested, especially Qatar and Oman, whose performance has been improving in recent years,” added Baqer.