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Tuesday , August 20 2019

Kuwaiti shooter Al-Dosari qualifies for 2020 Tokyo Para Games

Kuwait’s elite swimming team won third place in the Middle East International Swimming Championship, bagging 30 medals – 17 gold, 7 silver and 6 bronze – as well as breaking the championship’s record in various age group competitions. According to a press release, the just-concluded championship was held in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, and is considered one of the toughest championships in the Middle East. More than 1,000 swimmers from 62 teams around the world participated in the championship.

Paris proposes breakdancing among four sports for 2024 Olympics

ABU DHABI, Feb 21, (Agencies): The Kuwaiti special needs’ shooter, Atef Al-Dosari, has qualified to partake in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, said Chairman of Kuwait Sports Club for the Disabled Shafi Al-Hajri on Thursday.

Al-Dosari has scored 612 points in the 50-m rifle competition, held as part of the 2019 World Shooting Para Sport tournament, hosted by Al-Ain, the UAE, said Al-Hajri, in a statement to KUNA, hoping that Al-Dosari would make advance results in 10m (standing and sitting) rifle competitions.

He dedicated the victory to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the Kuwaiti people.

The tournament, organized by Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs for the fourth consecutive year, involves 220 male and female shooters, representing 47 countries.

Meanwhile, breakdancing will become an Olympic sport in 2024 if the International Olympic Committee backs the inclusion of four sports proposed by the Paris Olympics organisers.

The Paris 2024 organising committee said on Thursday the four sports – also including surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing – would reflect the French capital’s identity and help take the Games out of stadiums and into the streets.

The organisers said they wanted to deliver a Games that were “in keeping with the times and inspire new audiences and attract young people … and which can be played anywhere and anytime in urban and other environments.”

Skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing will all be making their debuts in the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Under new IOC rules first introduced for the Tokyo Games, Olympic host cities can hand-pick sports and propose them for inclusion in those Games if they are popular in that country and add to the Games’ appeal.

The IOC needs to approve the French proposals before they can be formally added to the Paris Games sports programme.

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