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KUWAIT, Feb 27: The Kuwaiti national Paralympic team returned to the homeland, Sunday, with a total of 34 medals, following participation in third West Asia Paralympic games taking place in Bahrain. The team scored third place in terms of number of medals with 16 gold medals, 11 silver and seven bronze. Participating in the tournament, launched in February 20 and lasted seven days, are 11 countries and more than 700 athletes. Vice chairman of the Olympic committee Mohammad Jafar commended the great achievement of the players upon their arrival. He stated to the press that the committee is proud of such achievements and aspires for even greater ones.
On his part, chairman of the Paralympic committee Nasser Al-Ajmi stated that this an unprecedented accomplishment, achieved through the combined efforts of the delegation members. Al-Ajmi affirmed that the committee is keen on continuously developing the sporting scene and cooperating with various sporting clubs that are concerned with a spectrum of disabilities. National wheelchair basketball team coach and gold medalist Husam Abbas stated that the competition was fierce but the blue team proved itself formidable by winning the first place for the second time in a row. Ping-Pong gold medalist Malak Al-Enzi, with a bronze medal in discus throwing, expressed her joy at having attained two medals for her country. The Iraqi national team was awarded first place, followed by the Emirati team in second(KUNA)