Monday, November 29, 2010

Kuwaiti official lauds Karate achievement in Guangzhou

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GUANGZHOU, China, Nov 27, (KUNA): A senior sports official praised the authorities for successfully hosting the 16th Asian games. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, speaking in his capacity as the Chairman of the Asian Olympic Federation, said Guangzhou presented Asia and the world with one of the most successful sports tournaments on record, with better and greater organization and performance than those witnessed in the Beijing games. “Guangzhou succeeded in promoting itself as an advanced city and was honored at the regional level for organizing the best Asian sports tournament throughout the history of the competitions,” said Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad, Kuwait’s Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Minister of State for Development Affairs and Minister of State for Housing Affairs, during a meeting with the deputy chairman of the International Sports Federation and the Asian federation, Faisal Al-Ginaee, members of the Kuwaiti media delegation that took part in the convention of the Asian Sports Press Union (ASPU) and a number of Arab journalists, held at his residence in the Chinese city.

The Korean city of Incheon, due to host the games in four years, has sufficient potentials, culture and expertise that would enable it organize “Asian games that would be equally wonderful compared with those hosted by Guangzhou,” Sheikh Ahmad added.
Elaborating, Sheikh Ahmad expressed satisfaction at the course of development the sports activities in the Asian continent over the past two decades.
Guanzhou would reclaim USD 900 million, spent for the construction of an integrated sports infrastructure. “It has made earnings for hosting the games and will make other profits at various levels,” he said.

The number of Asian cities that are qualified to host such games do not exceed 15.
Sheikh Ahmad shed some light on the achievements that have been done by the Asian federation since he assumed the top post, indicating at a series of plans intended for the promotion of sports in the continent.
Furthermore, he praised the Qatari sports authorities for the successful hosting of the 15th tournament in 2006.
Kuwaiti Karate team did well in the Asian Games contributing three medals to Kuwait’s total of 11 medals during the games, said an official here Saturday.
Secretary of the Kuwaiti Karate Federation Khalaf Al-Sai’di told KUNA that three out of four Kuwaiti Karatekas managed to leave their print on the competitions, lauding the goal medal won by Ahmad Al-Nuwaim.
He also commended the efforts by Abdullah Al-Otaibi, Yousif Al-Harbi, and Ahmad Munir, saying that they all exemplified true fighting spirit.

The official also thanked all individuals and groups which contributed to the Kuwaiti Karate achievements, saying their efforts and support had led to the fruitful results.
His Highness Crown Prince Sheikh Nawwaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent Friday a cable of congratulations to Kuwait Karate Federation President Sheikh Khalid Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah in which he expressed his utmost delight for the medals clinched by Kuwaiti players in the 16th Asian Games.
HH the Crown Prince expressed in the cable his congratulations to the team winning a gold medal through Hamad Al-Nuwaiem in the under 75-kg competition as well as the silver medal won by Abdullah Al-Otaibi in the solo kata competition.
Further, HH the Crown Prince hailed the sportsmanship that players showed as well as their outstanding performance, asserting that this win did not come out of void, but was based on the relentless efforts made by officials in the Kuwait Karate Federation in order to push up the technical levels of players to a new high.
Moreover, HH the Crown Prince called on all concerned sports bodies in Kuwait to do their best in order to scale up the standings in all sports gatherings and to keep the flag of Kuwait always fluttering high under the patronage of the leader of Kuwait’s current progress HH the Amir.

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