?Bahrain had mixed fortune on the first day of the Third Islamic Solidarity Games, being held in Palembang, in Indonesia.The nationals kick-started their campaign in karate, where two women players were seen in action. Sara Al Sabah won her first kata fight against her Palestinean opponent 5-0, but lost her next clash to an competitor from Morocco 4-1.In the same event, Bahrain’s other entrant Noora Ahmed lost her first two encounters to an Indonesian participant 0-4 before going down 0-9 to an Azerbaijan opponent to crash out of the tournament.Being coached by Mohamed Larbi Boumezbeur, the karate team also includes Mustafa Al Shaikh, Bashar Al Sanjar and Mohamed Al Shaikh.Bahrain is also competing in athletics and taekwondo. The taekwondo team have been training for three days before the competitions start on September 28.The taekwondo team is being managed by Tawfeeq Nuwaiser of Jordan who named five of their best martial arts fighters.They are 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. The athletics delegation has also arrived in Palembang and are due to begin training today. The team, comprising coach Vladimir, administrators Saad Al Buainain, Mohammed Hassan and physiotherapist Eid Hassan, will be spearheaded by 11 athletes.They are former world champion Maryam Jamal, Yousef Kamel, Ali Belal, Mimi Gebregeiorges and Shitaye Habtegebrel, Ali Khamis, Mahboob Hassan, Dejenee Mootumaa, Genzeb Regasa, Tareq Taher and Mohammed Yousef. The athletics event is scheduled to take place from September 25 to 29.Bahrain delegation, meanwhile, attended the opening ceremony. Bahrain’s flag was raised high in the Indonesian city of Palembang, just 48 hours after its arrival. The Bahrain delegation is being headed by Bahrain Olympic Committee member Abdulhakim Al Shino.The opening ceremony, which took place at the Jakabaring Sports Complex with around 1,759 athletes and 624 officials are taking part. It was patronized by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and witnessed by high-ranking sports officials from across the Islamic world.This 10-day event, which concludes on October 01, is being organized under the slogan, “Unity and Harmony”.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.