KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait, Oct 11 Kuwait on Friday defended their team’s kata event title, at the 18th Gulf Cooperation Council men’s judo championships, the country is currently hosting, with Qatar and Saudi Arabia trailing in second and third places, respectively.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia took the top spot in the U-13’s events, clinching eight medals – three gold and five silver – with Kuwait following in second, after collecting 11 medals – three gold, three silver and five bronze, and the United Arab Emirates in third.
Kuwaiti team official, Bader Al-Sharrad, came out to hail the results of his nation, expressing confidence that more was to come, due to Kuwait’s dominance of the sport in the Gulf region.
Earlier, Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s judo events organising committee, Barghash Al-Janfawi, urged the need to build on the sport throughout the bloc’s six states.
Events like these illustrate the unity and sense of cohesion amongst the region’s nations, and Kuwait was no exception, he noted.
The opening ceremony was held in the attendance of Kuwait Olympic Committee President, Sheikh Talal Fahad Al-Sabah.
Four nations altogether – including the host nation, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE – are taking part in the two-day tournament.The event includes competitions for U-13, U-18 and senior judokas.