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ANKARA, Aug 18: The Fifth Islamic Solidarity Games held in Konya, Turkey, concluded today, which lasted for ten days. Kuwaiti teams made great strides in many sports events and brought glory to the country wining colorful medals between gold, silver and bronze.
Siham Al-Khorayef became the first Kuwaiti girl to win a medal in a combat game in the tournament, after she won the silver in the women’s kickboxing competition in the 52kg weight, after losing in the final against the Moroccan world champion Maryam Al-Mubarik
Today, Kuwaiti champions won four new silver medals in karate and kickboxing, bringing the number of Kuwait’s medals in the fifth Islamic Solidarity Games to 16 in the fields of athletics, swimming, karate and kickboxing, with five gold, nine silver and two bronze.
The Board of Directors of the Kuwait Olympic Committee and head of the delegation participating in the session, Sheikh Jaber Thamer Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, in a statement to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), praised the achievements of Kuwaiti champions.
Sheikh Jaber Thamer Jaber Al-Sabah expressed his thanks and appreciation to the leadership for its interest of Kuwaiti sports and for its continuous support for athletes, which resulted in these achievements in international forums.
He praised the efforts of the President of the Kuwait Olympic Committee, Sheikh Fahad Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, for his efforts in leading Kuwaiti sports and his unlimited support for male and female athletes. He indicated that the desire of Kuwaiti men and women was evident through the competitions to raise the flag of Kuwait high in this Islamic sports forum hence they were able to crown their country with 16 different medals.
He added that this brilliance of the Kuwaiti champions will motivate them to achieve more achievements in the upcoming occasions, stressing the keenness of the Kuwaiti Olympic Committee to support Kuwaiti sports in various games to achieve the best results that contribute to the advancement of the country and its progress.
The games concluded today, which began on the 8th of this month, where about 6,000 male and female athletes from more than 50 Islamic countries competed in 27 different individual and group sports competitions. (KUNA)