?The Bahrain delegation for the Third Islamic Solidarity Games attended the flag hoisting ceremony at the third Islamic Solidarity Games in Palembang, Indonesia.Bahrain’s flag was hoisted the national anthem was played in the Indonesian city of Palembang marking the Bahraini delegation’s arrival. The Bahrain delegation is being headed by Bahrain Olympic Committee member Abdulhakim Al Shino.The flag hoisting ceremony was held by the tournament’s organizing committee and featured a speech by Ahmed Najib, the representative of South Sumatra province’s assistant governor. Gifts and memorial trophies were also exchanged at the event.During his speech, Najib welcomed the Bahraini delegation and wished success to them and all the participant countries.To conclude on October 01, this 10-day event is being organized under the slogan, “Unity and Harmony”.The opening ceremony, meanwhile, got underway yesterday (Sep. 22) at the Jakabaring Sports Complex with around 1,759 athletes and 624 officials are taking part.There are 13 sports that will be competed. The Sports are Athletics, Aquatic-Swimming, Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Football, Karate, Taekwondo, Tennis, Volleyball Indoor, Volleyball Beach, Weightlifting, and Wushu.Participating nations are Algeria, Azerbaijan, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Indonesia, Guyana, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Maldives, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, the UAE and Malaysia.Bahrain is competing in three sporting disciplines – athletics, karate and taekwondo. The karate team will be the first to compete at the Games today, when the players will be divided into their respective weight categories.The Bahrain karate team had several training sessions since their arrival in Palembang. Being coached by Mohamed Larbi Boumezbeur, the team consists of Noora Ahmed, Mustafa Al Shaikh, Bashar Al Sanjar, Mohamed Al Shaikh and Sara Al Sabah.In athletics, Mohammed Yousef arrived at Palembang along with his coach Vladimir and administrators Saad Al Buainain, Mohammed Hassan and physiotherapist Eid Hassan and started his training program.The remaining Bahraini athletes – including former world champion Maryam Jamal, are Yousef Kamel, Ali Belal, Mimi Gebregeiorges and Shitaye Habtegebrel, Ali Khamis, Mahboob Hassan, Dejenee Mootumaa, Genzeb Regasa, Tareq Taher. The athletics event is scheduled to take place from September 25 to 29.The taekwondo team, who also arrived at the sports village in Palembang and also kick-started their preparations, is being managed by Tawfeeq Nuwaiser of Jordan.Spearheading Bahrain in taekwonsdo will be five of their best martial arts fighters, namely Hamad Al Binkhalil, Hesham Al Hashimi, Fahad Al Bosta, Mohammed Ahmed and Fajar Al Binali, who is due to join the team training in the next few days. Their events will be held from September 28 to October 1.