UncategorisedHeartbreaking start for Bahrain at Women Games

September 11, 20193

Bahrain yesterday (Sunday) had a heartbreaking start at the Fourth GCC Women’s Games, being held in Muscat.
The nationals campaign suffered their first setback as the basketball team were handed a 40-50 defeat to the UAE in the tournament opener at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex main gym in Boshar.
A well-contested game started with title favouites the UAE lead the first quarter 17-14, but Bahrain came back in the second phase and managed to tie the scores at 18-18 at half-time.
The UAE regained momentum in the third quarter, in which they scored 12 points to beat Bahrain’s only four points, then continued to perform well in the fourth and concluding quarter and managed to score 10 points against Bahrain’s eight.
Bahrain’s national tactician Fadhel Milad was relying on a number of rising players who guided Bahrain to their first-ever GCC Junior Championship title in 2012 in Doha.
He started the match with Seema Ali, Mouza Salem, Hessa Ahmed, Jameela Mohammed and Hessa Fareed, while introducing some of his bench players – Nada Abdulla, Fatma Mohammed, Fatma Fardeen, Maryam Fareed, Noora Yousef and Aisha Salman in some stages of the game.
Oman, Kuwait and Qatar are the other teams battling in this single round robin championship.
Late on, the biggest women’s sporting event in the Arabian Gulf region, which continues until March 18, got underway with the grand opening ceremony at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Boshar.
The opening ceremony, which was patronized by Education Minister Dr Madiha Al Shaibaniya, featured a special operetta titled “Oman, the Land of Love and Peace”. 
Bahrain is sending 140 athletes to compete with athletes from four other GCC countries – Kuwait, Qatar, the UAE and host nation Oman – in eight sports events.
The kingdom will seek medals in the following championships – volleyball, handball, basketball, athletics, taekwondo, shooting, martial arts and special needs athletics. Tennis and bowling are the other two events in which Bahrain is not taking part.
The shooting team, meanwhile, will begin their medal hunt today when Sameera Abduljalil, Lubna Abdulaziz and Mouza Abdulrahim participate in the 10m air pistol event.
Elsewhere, the organizing committee hosted a special reception ceremony to honor members of Bahrain special needs athletics team on arrival at their hotel in Muscat.
Bahrain’s delegation to the games is being headed by member of the Bahrain Olympic Committee and chairwoman of the Woman’s Sport Committee Shaikha Hayat bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa.
In this 11-day challenge, Bahrain seek to defend their victory in the previous edition of the games, organized in Bahrain two years ago, when the host country was crowned overall champions with a total of 54 medals. 


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