KUWAIT CITY, Feb 5, (KUNA): The newly-built Kuwait Winter Games Club Complex hosted a two-day training camp for women’s national ice hockey teams in the Gulf Arab region, including a friendly pitting an all-star Gulf side against a more experienced Lebanon national team.
The club is committed to backing women in the sport domestically and regionally through the initiative, which coincides with the Arab men’s championship Kuwait is currently hosting, its deputy head Khaled Al-Mutairi told reporters.
Kuwait has a strong base of women players of varied age groups, all of whom receive treatment that is on par with their male counterparts, he said.
A joint team of players from Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were beaten 5-1 by Lebanon in the friendly held at the conclusion of the exercises on Tuesday.
But despite the result, the newly-formed teams expressed their delight at the experience gained through the undertaking.
Jeddah club head coach Darina Al-Bayed praised the facilities at her disposal at the Kuwaiti facility, saying her players learned a lot from the experience.
The game offered a “fitting opportunity to get acquainted with new training methods and formations,” added Bahrain’s Alaa Mehdi.
Through competing against the pro side, Mehdi said she “learned a lot.”