BAHRAIN begin their medal hunt today in the Fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games which opened last night with a colourful opening ceremony in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
Five Bahraini jiu-jitsu athletes will be seeing action today.
Mohamed Abudrees takes on Thai fighter Banpot Lertthaisong in the last-16 round of the under-69kg section. Later on, Ali Ebrahimi faces Harout Karoghlanian of Lebanon in the last-16 round of the under-85kg section while three other Bahrainis – Nijad Al Gosaibi (under-85kg), Ahmed Shebeeb (u-77kg) and Ali Munfaredi (u-77kg) - have received byes into the quarter-finals.
The jiu jitsu team is coached by Reza Monfaradi.
Elsewhere the three-member women’s taekwondo team continued their preparations yesterday. Jumana Mohammed faces Kanjana Sukeewas of Thailand in the under-75kg last-16 round tomorrow.
Juwana, the younger sister of Jumana, will be in action on Wednesday when she takes on Thi Nguyen Ha of Vietnam in another last-16 round fight in the under-62kg group.
Bahrain’s third team member Walaa Al Doseri heads into her opening women’s under-57-kg fight the following day when she clashes with Chimi Dolma of Bhutan.
The Bahrainis are coached by Tawfeeq Nuwaiser of Jordan.
Nine Bahrainis are competing in three disciplines – jiu-jitsu, taekwondo and wrestling – in the 12-day event.
Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation president and Bahrain chef de mission Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa, who arrived in Ashgabat on Sunday, met members of the Bahrain team yesterday and wished them best of luck.
Meanwhile, the games were officially declared open last night at a colorful opening ceremony at the 45,000-seater Ashgabat Olympic Stadium.