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Burabaa wins first badminton test at Special Oly

The basketball team

Kuwait’s Mohammad Burabaa edged his first 21-19 point win over Nigeria’s Olusina Olagoke in the men’s badminton singles of the Abu Dhabi-held Special Olympics World Games. Burabaa snatched the victory in the dying minutes of the encounter after fierce competition from his West African competitor, both in Division 4 – Group E, his coach Ayman Abdu told KUNA.

The accomplishment was made in spite of the player undertaking preparation in a short time span ahead of the tournament, said the coach. Burabaa now sits joint first in the group, alongside Yoann Emeric Kacou of Ivory Coast, who earlier beat Eloi Moreno of Spain. In the women’s singles, Kuwaiti Reem Al-Saleem was marginally defeated 22-20 by Nigeria’s Oyinkansola Joseph.

Her coach, Amani Thabit, praised the 23-year-old’s performance, saying her two-point loss was a result of bad luck at the most decisive moments. The event, held every two years in different cities across the world since 1968, hosts athletes with intellectual disabilities.  Kuwait basketball, table tennis teams lose openers at Special Olympics.

Meanwhile, Kuwait women basketball and table tennis teams suffered defeats. Ivory Coast outclassed Kuwait women basketball team 17-9 in the clash held at Abu Dhabi Convention Center. The game will benefit the players for upcoming matches because they will attempt to correct their mistakes, Nora Al-Otaibi, Kuwait team coach, told KUNA after the match.

Kuwait team wants to put a better show in next games, she said about their Group which also included Saudi Arabia.

Kuwait female Table Tennis team also lost to Morocco by three clean sets. Hadeel Al-Mutairi, Kuwait team manager, said the Moroccan players were better in terms of skills and experience. She hoped they would have a better luck in their forthcoming matches against Iraq and Mongolia. Abu Dhabi Convention Center hosts 11 competitions: basketball, handball, volleyball, Bocce, badminton, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, judo, roller skating, power-lifting and table tennis. (KUNA)

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