Bahrain’s sports delegations today will start departing to Indonesia to compete in the third edition of the Islamic Solidarity Games.
The Games are set to take place in Palembang, the capital city of the South Sumatera in Indonesia, from September 22 to October 1, as 33 athletes will spearhead the kingdom in three disciplines – athletics, karate and taekwondo.
Both the taekwondo and karate teams will heading to the far East via Doha, with the taekwondo team comprising head coach Tawfeeq Nuwaiser and five players – Hamad Al Binkhalil, Hesham Al Hashimi, Fahad Al Bosta, Mohammed Ahmed and Fajar Al Binali. Their events will be held from September 27 to October 1.
They will be traveling alongside the karate squad, also featuring five players. The karate team consists of coach Mohamed Larbi Boumezbeur and players Noora Ahmed, Mustafa Al Shaikh, Bashar Al Sanjar, Mohamed Al Shaikh and Sara Al Sabah. The karate competitions are due to take place from September 22 to 26.
Bahrain is also taking part in the athletics event, in which 11 of Bahrain’s finest athletes have been chosen. They include former world champion Maryam Jamal, Yousef Kamel, Ali Belal, Mimi Gebregeiorges and Shitaye Habtegebrel.
The remaining athletes to spearhead Bahrain in Indonesia are Ali Khamis, Mahboob Hassan, Dejenee Mootumaa, Genzeb Regasa, Mohammed Salman, Tareq Taher. The team will depart tomorrow (SEPTEMBER 20) while the athletics event is scheduled to take place from September 25 to 29.
Meanwhile, Bahrain delegation director Sameer Shuwaiter yesterday left for Palembang along with his deputy Maryam Mardana and treasurer Abdulla Rabeia to finalise all necessary arrangement to prepare for the teams’ arrival.
It’s expected that Bahrain Olympic Committee board member Abdulhakim Al Shino will head the Bahrain delegation to the Games tomorrow (SEPTEMBER 20).
They will be traveling along with the athletics team administrators Saad Al Buainain and Mohammed Hassan, physiotherapist Eid Hassan and head coach Vladimir.
The Islamic Solidarity Games is a multinational, multi-sport event. The Games involve the elite athletes of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference.
The Islamic Solidarity Games Federation (ISSF) is the organization that is responsible for the direction and control of the Islamic Solidarity Games.
As many as 55 countries are expected to participate in the Islamic Solidarity Games, which will feature 13 disciplines like athletics, badminton, basketball, football, weightlifting, karate, archery, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball, wushu and swimming.
The First edition of the Games was held in 2005 in Saudi Arabia. The second event was cancelled after it had been originally scheduled to take place in Tehran in October 2009. Azerbaijan will host the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games in 2017.