The Second Arab Indoors Rowing Tournament (Argometer) organized by the Sailing, Rowing and Kayaking Committee in Kuwait Sea Sports Club (KSSC) concluded on Saturday.
Eight Arab national teams from Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Lebanon and Kuwait participated in the tournament.
Present at the closing ceremony were Arab Rowing Federation Chairperson Khaled Zain Al-Deen, KSSC Secretary Khaled Al-Fodari, members of the federation’s assembly, heads of participating delegations, players and the general public.
Speaking at the event, Al-Fodari praised the turnout of participants in the tournament. He affirmed that the KSSC is exerting tremendous efforts to promote the marine sports in general, and rowing sports in particular. He said the club provides opportunities for youths to practice the sports in a manner that contributes to ongoing efforts to raise the level of the sports in Kuwait and in the region.
On the other hand, Arab Rowing Federation Chairperson Zain Al-Deen expressed appreciation and gratitude to the tournament’s organizers and Kuwait for hosting them. He disclosed the federation has major aspiration in terms of expanding the aspect of organizing tournaments in the Arab world.
At the end of the ceremony, prizes were awarded to the winners.
Meanwhile, the final day of the tournament witnessed an action-packed Arab rowing competition as the teams battled it out for supremacy in the second edition of the tournament.
In the heavyweight division, Algeria’s Zawad Abdul-Nour came first, followed by Lebanon’s Radrak Ibrahim in second position, and third was Kuwait’s Abdul-Rahman Faraj Al-Fadhil.
In the women’s heavyweight division, Qatar’s Tala Alaa Al-Deen came first, followed by Emirati Amina Salem Khalafan and Kuwait’s Haya Al-Miyas in second and third positions respectively.
Algeria’s Shukoy Bouziani raced his way to victory in the men’s lightweight division, with Emirati Hamad Al-Matroushi and Kuwaiti Mohammad Al-Saffar trailing second and third respectively.
On the women’s side, Bouziani’s compatriot Amina Warba finished first in the lightweight category, ahead of Kuwait’s Wafia Salah and Lebanon’s Tala Saab in that order.
In the men’s under-23 division, Bahrain’s Mohammad Qambar took home the title, while Kuwaiti Abdulwahab Al-Safran finished second, followed by Lebanese Mohammad Saab in third place.
Algerian Zabaida Lashoub won the title in women’s under-23 category, besting Lebanon’s Isra Salamai and Kuwaiti Fai Al-Mulla who came in second and third positions respectively.
As for the teams’ standings, the UAE came first, followed by Kuwait in second place and in the third position was Bahrain.
With its origin dating back to ancient Egyptian times, the rowing sport involves propelling a boat on water with the use of oars — an apparatus with a long shaft and broad blade.