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ABU DHABI, Oct. 25: Kuwait’s team won three medals – one gold, one silver and one bronze at the first Arab swimming championship (25m) that kicked off earlier in the day. Speaking to KUNA in a statement, head of Kuwait’s team Ayman Al-Enzi said swimmer Waleed Abdelrazeq won the gold in the 100-m race. The 200-m race silver and the 100- me contest bronze were obtained by Faisal Al-Tanak and Mashari Al-Samhan respectively, he added. He extolled excellent the performance of Kuwait’s players in this competition, which features a number of Arab swimmers. Thirteen Kuwaiti swimmers aged 14-18 are taking part in the contest. Earlier, Dr. Hussein Al-Musallam, President of the International Swimming Federation (FINA), inaugurated the ceremony of the tourney, in the presence of Taha Al Koshary, President of the Arab Swimming Federation, and some representatives of the Arab federations.
Aref Hamad Al-Awani, Secretary- General of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, stressed the importance of this event as it helps support promising Arab swimmers through such tourneys. He said that the championship is a qualifying phase for the World Aquatics Championships to be hosted by Abu Dhabi next December. Meanwhile, President of UAE Swimming Federation Sultan Al-Samahi said the event would contribute to preparing the Arab swimmers to partake in the upcoming continental and international championships. He welcomed the participating Arab delegations in the first Arab gathering following the coronavirus The competition which will conclude next Wednesday features 174 male and female swimmers from 17 Arab countries, including Jordan, Bahrain, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Lebanon, Syria, the hosts UAE, Oman, Palestine, in addition to Kuwait, and others. (KUNA)