By Abdellatif Sharaa
KUWAIT: West Asia Badminton Juniors (U15 and 17 years) championship ended on Monday. The event took place at Kuwait Olympic Committee Courts with teams from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. The tournament was under the patronage of KOC President Sheikh Fahad Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad. Jordan's players dominated the events as they won six gold medals in the singles and doubles for women and men.
Kuwait team won 3 bronze medals. In the men's singles U15, Jordan's Ismail Omar won first place, followed by Hussam-Al-Deen Raei (from Syria); Abdelaziz Al-Maqhawi (from Saudi Arabia); and Al-Baraa Al-Baraka (from Syria). In the women's singles U15, Jordan's Maria Abu Harrah took first, followed by Syria's Raneem Al-Hasbani and Fullah Al-Najjar and UAE's Mariam Ahmad respectively.
In the men's doubles U15, Syria's Al-Baraa Al-Baraka and Hussam-Al-Deen Al-Raei won first place followed by Ali Khaleefa and Sayed Ibrahim (from Bahrain), Mohammad Jalamnah and Ibrahim Kanaan (from Palestine), Rami Saleh and Yousuf Saleh (from Iraq). In the women doubles, Maria Abu Harrah and Hanan Osaila (from Jordan) grabbed the first position, followed by Raneem Al-Hasbani and Sanaa Al-Zubi (from Syria), Dalal Al-Awadhi and Mariam Sayed Hashim (from Kuwait), Mariam Ahmad and Hind Saud (from UAE).
In the men's Singles U17, Jordan's Ahmad Suwaidan won the gold medal, followed by Haidar Hijazi (from Syria), Yazan Sayah and Fahad Al-Maliki (from Saudi Arabia). In the women singles U17, Mariam Abu Harah (from Jordan) secured the first place, followed by Marah Omar (from Jordan), Sedar Al-Hussein and Tala Hattoum (from Syria).
In the men's doubles U17, Fahad Al-Maliki and Yazan Sayyan (from Saudi Arabia) won the first place, followed by Haidar Hijazi and Tayyem Musaad (from Syria); Mohammad Al-Shamali and Omar Al-Shaibani (from Kuwait) and Zakariya Adel and Mustafa Sameer (from Iraq). For the women U17, Mariam Abu Harra and Marah Omar (from Jordan) won the first place, followed by Sedar Al-Hussein and Tala Hattoum (from Syria), Zainab Al-Shatti and Fatma Daham (from Kuwait), Liyan Al-Jubour and Zaina Kazim from Lebanon.