General League Championship draw set for Monday

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KUWAIT CITY, Jan 4: The Competitions Committee of the Handball Federation will conduct the draw for the 2023-2024 General League Championship on Monday. The event is scheduled to take place at the Federation’s headquarters in Daiya at 7:00 pm.

The league is anticipated to kick off next month, following the conclusion of the first national team’s participation in the 21st Asian Championship “2025 World Cup Qualifiers” set to be held in Bahrain from January 11-25.

The league’s delayed commencement is attributed to the packed handball tournament calendar for the current season. The national team’s involvement in the Asian Games in China last September, Kuwait Club’s participation in the Super Globe Club World Championship in Dammam, and the “Blue” team’s participation in the Asian qualifiers for the 2024 Paris Olympics in Qatar last November have contributed to the schedule challenges. Furthermore, both Kuwaiti and Al-Qadisiyah clubs participated in the 26th Asian Club Championship hosted by “Al-Asfar” in November.

The General Sports Authority’s rejection of the handball refresher tournament at the Sheikh Saad Al Abdullah Complex’s hall in December prompted the federation to postpone the event.

Simultaneously, the national handball team is currently engaged in its fourth match during the ongoing camp in Slovenia, facing the Georgia national team. This friendly match follows two encounters with the first Slovenia national team and one with the Saudi team. The team is preparing for the 21st Asian Championship in Bahrain this month, with the delegation expected to return to the country next Sunday.

In parallel, the under-15 national team and the under-13 Al-Baraem national team continue their training at the Martyr Fahd Al-Ahmad Center in Daiya. Led by Hungarian coach Stefan Kovacic, the training regimen focuses on physical conditioning, ball sense recovery, muscle building exercises, and attaining the required physical and mental levels for the players. Shaker Arti, the manager of both teams, affirmed the collective effort to elevate the players’ technical proficiency and reach optimal preparatory stages.

Khaled El Anzi

Al-Seyassah/Arab Times Staff

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