Kuwait’s contingent departs for Gulf Youth Games with high hopes

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The Kuwaiti contingent poses for a group photo at the airport.

KUWAIT CITY, April 14: Kuwait’s sports delegation embarked for the Emirates to partake in the inaugural Gulf Youth Games, scheduled from the 16th of this month until the 2nd of May. This departing group comprised the football and taekwondo teams, alongside members of the technical, administrative, and media committees from the Kuwaiti Olympic Committee. Subsequent trips are slated for the remaining Kuwaiti teams, aligning with the tournament’s competition schedule. Kuwait’s representation encompasses 210 male and female athletes across 19 sports disciplines, ranging from football, handball, and volleyball to boxing, jiu-jitsu, and e-sports.

The Kuwait national football team will commence their campaign in the football competition against Bahrain on Tuesday. Concurrently, the UAE national team will square off against Oman on the same day. These matches follow a league format among the four participating teams, hosted at the Al Nahyan Stadium in Al Wahda Club, Abu Dhabi.

Abdullah Al-Manea, director of the Kuwaiti junior football team, expressed enthusiasm for their participation, aiming to deliver commendable performances in the Gulf tournament. He emphasized the tournament’s significance as a platform for young players to gain invaluable experience and pave the way for future success.

Meanwhile, the Al-Azraq delegation, led by Dr. Mansour Pasha of the Kuwait Football Association’s Board of Directors, embarked for Abu Dhabi.

Walid Al-Marshad, coach of the Kuwaiti Taekwondo national team, underscored Kuwait’s participation in the youth and junior categories, comprising 28 male and female players across different weight classes. He highlighted the Kuwaiti Taekwondo Federation’s commitment to nurturing a new generation of athletes, equipped to support the national team’s progression in the years ahead.

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