Victorious wheelchair basketball team returns home


KUWAIT: Kuwait’s wheelchair basketball team returned Monday from Abu Dhabi after winning the eighth gulf tournament there and continued its dominance over the tournament since its launch 16 years ago.

The team was received at the airport by Director General of Disability Public Authority Dr Shaifqa Al-Awadhi, Deputy Director of Public Authority for sports Dr Humoud Fulaiteh, Deputy Chairman of Kuwait Disabled Sports Club Nasser Al-Ajmi, Secretary Abdallah Al-Azmi and a large crowd.

Dr Fulaiteh lauded the achievements of Kuwait Disabled athletes, adding that this latest achievement was made due to the distinguished performance of KDSC board of directors and the efforts of the team’s members. He said this win comes as a completion of the successful march of the disabled sports in foreign participation.

Meanwhile KDSC Chairman of the Board dedicated the win to HH the Amir, HH the Crown Prince and all Kuwait people and lauded the performance of athletes during the tournament which witnessed four consecutive wins. He said the tournament was tough and competitive, adding that Kuwait’s win over Saudi Arabia with the score of 62/56 was the key for Kuwait’s win of the title for the 16th year.

He pointed to the support of Information Minister, Sports Minister for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah and PAS which resulted in the club’s winning of many tournaments.

Meanwhile Kuwait’s team captain Essa Al-Fadhly said, he along with his teammates are happy for winning the tournament for the eighth time, adding the team is looking forward for more wins in the future.

Kuwait won the title with four wins and 8 points, followed by the Saudi team with 7 points, Bahrain was third with 6 points UAE fourth with 5 points and Oman fifth with four points.
By Abdellatif Sharaa

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