KUWAIT: The 26th Asian Men’s Club League Handball Championship was officially inaugurated by Commerce and Industry Minister and State Minister for Youth Affairs Mohammad Al-Aiban on Friday. The opening ceremony was attended by Director General of Public Authority for Sport Yousuf Al-Baidan, Vice President of the International Handball Federation Bader Al-Theyab, Former President of Qadsiya Club Sheikh Talal Al-Fahad and the club’s board members.
In a brief address, Aiban expressed regret over the absence of the Al-Salah Palestinian team, who were unable to participate. He extended a warm welcome to all guests, emphasizing Kuwait as the land of friendship and peace.
Theyab praised the Asian Handball Federation for providing essential support to ensure the technical success of the championship, particularly in terms of officiating and supervision. He commended Qadsiya for meeting all necessary requirements, wished success to all teams, and hoped for a high technical level reflecting the game’s achievements in the Asian context.
In the opening round, Qadisiya Sports Club handball team lost against their Sharjah counterparts, with a score of 28-30. The match showcased a fast pace and strong performance from both teams. However, Qadsiya’s defenders struggled with lapses in concentration and personal mistakes, especially during goal attempts.
Sharjah capitalized on this, displaying disciplined defense and benefiting from the outstanding performance of their goalkeeper, Mohammad Al-Taher, who was named the player of the match.
Results from the first round included Al-Arabi from Qatar defeating Al-Jaish from Iraq 42-23, Sidon Youth from Lebanon overcoming Sai from India 47-34 in the second group, Gulf from Saudi Arabia winning against Al-Gharrafa from Qatar 28-27, and Najma from Bahrain defeating Golden from India 42-21.