Amira wins Qatar’s first medal in Kuwait
Women’s basketball team emerge 74-64 winners against Bahrain as defending champions seek to retain title.
Amira Abu Jbara won Qatar’s first medal in the sixth GCC Women’s Games, which got underway in Kuwait on Sunday.
The 25-year-old foil class fencer finished third in the individual event while her teammate Lina Al Buenain reached the last eight stage.
Qatari fencers will be in action on Monday as well. Duha and Zikryat Rashid Al Abdullah will compete in epee individual events while sisters Sara and Haya Fadi Diyab will look to make a mark in the sabre competition.
There was more cheer for Qatar on the opening day as the basketball team emerged 74-64 winners, proving too good for Bahrain. Qatar are the defending champions having won the gold at the 2017 Games in Doha.
The basketball competitions started off with a colourful march past, the Qatar contingent taking part along with other teams. The event was attended by a host of top-ranking sports officials from different Gulf nations.
Qatar’s handball team will begin their campaign with a match against Kuwait on Monday.
Qatar Women’s Sport Committee President Lolwa Al Marri said that the 132-strong contingent had prepared well for the competition.
“We were the GCC Women’s Games champions in 2017 and want to retain the title. Many of the teams attended outstation camps and I’m confident they can do well,” she said.