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KUWAIT CITY, June 1, (KUNA): Kuwait were crowned champions of the 3rd GCC Games Kuwait 2022 with 96 medals, including 36 gold, 28 silver and 32 bronze. On the final day, the hosts added two golds in fencing and two in karate in addition to other medals, to expand their lead to 16 medal from the closest competitors, Bahrain. The Bahrainis ended the games with 64 medals – 20 gold, 32 silver and 21 bronze. The UAE ranked third with 50 medals – 18 gold, 16 silver and 16 bronze. Saudi Arabia came in the fourth place with 67 medals – 16 golds, 22 silvers and 29 bronzes. Qatar ranked fifth with 52 medals – 16 gold, 21 silver and 15 bronze. Oman came in the sixth place with 33 medals – 12 gold, five silver and 16 bronze. The Games included 16 competitions for male and female athletes.
Earlier,the Kuwaiti tennis team snatched the gold in the team category after defeating Saudi Arabia in straight sets who took bronze. The Qatari team won the silver medal in the same category by defeating Bahrain with a similar result. In the singles final Kuwait’s Issa Qabazard defeated Saudi Arabia’s Ammar Al-Haqbani in straight sets, while Saudi Saud Al-Haqbani got bronze after dominating Rashid Nawaf of Qatar. The Saudi doubles team clinched gold missing out in the singles.
Meanwhile The Kuwaiti fencing team continued the hosts dominance in the games with three medals (gold and two silver). The gold victory came after the team consisting of Ammar Al-Ammari, Bandar Al-Shamlan, Youssef Al- Shamlan and Abdulaziz Juma’a beat Saud Arabia 45-36 in the final while the bronze went to UAE. The Saudi team got revenge in the epee final by defeating Kuwait 45-34. UAE and Bahrain got the bronze for qualifying for the semi-finals. In a statement to reporters after the conclusion of the three-day game competition, the technical director of the Kuwaiti teams in the Kuwait Fencing Federation, Abdul Karim Al-Shamlan, expressed his happiness for the rich outcome achieved by the Kuwaiti champions in the tournament, which confirms their superiority. He considered the tournament’s competitions as preparation for the participation of Kuwaiti players in the Asian General Championship, which is scheduled to start in South Korea by next June 11.
At the closing ceremony, Sheikh Mubarak Faisal Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al- Sabah, member of Kuwait Olympic Committee, passed on the fl ag of the GCC Secretariat to Azza Al Malek, assistant secretary general of the UAE Olympic Committee. The UAE will host the first GCC youth games in 2023.