|Date: 06/05/2012 Time: 11:55:00 PM
Kuwait inaugurated the three-day Arab men's
artistic gymnastics championship on Sunday, to honour the martyr Sheikh Fahad
Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, whom the competition was named after.
The 15-nation tournament is being held this year under the patronage of the
Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) and head of the Kuwait
Olympic Committee, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah.
Attending on behalf of the Kuwaiti sports chief, Sheikh Mishal Talal
Al-Fahad Al-Sabah told attendees of the opening ceremony that the
accomplishment of having hosted the tournament for the fourth year in a row is
one for "Kuwaiti and Arab gymnastics alike."
"These competitions allow Arab gymnasts to prepare for larger international
events, improving their technical abilities," he said.
Kuwait Gymnastics Federation Secretary, Saif Abu Adel, said in the opening
speech that the competition would continue to honour the late Sheikh Fahad
Al-Ahmad, who was known for his great contributions to the sports movement in
Kuwait and Asia.
Abu Adel, also the President of the Arab Gymnastics Federation, said that
the competition which kicks off on Monday, will witness the participation of
distinguished Arab gymnasts, including two who have already qualified to the
London 2012 Olympics, Egyptian Mohamed El-Saharty and Tunisian Wajdi