FAI Janahi notched the first medal for Bahrain at the fourth Arab Women Sports Tournament (AWST) in Sharjah yesterday.
The young Bahraini athlete put on a spirited performance in the ‘kumite’s under-50kg’ weight category amidst stiff challenge from some of the Arab region’s best players to secure the bronze medal.
She kicked off her campaign going down to Jordan’s Aseel Khattar 0-1 but came back into competition beating Saudi Arabia’s Muneera Al Ruwaitai 9-4 in the third-place clash.
Meanwhile, the Youth and Sports Ministry basketball team will begin their title hunt today with a match against Somalia’s Magadishu Club at 1pm (Bahrain time) at Sharjah Girls Hall.
The Bahrainis completed their preparations yesterday under national tactician Fadel Milad.
The lineup for today’s opener is: Sima Ali, Fatima Bushihri, Jamila Mohammed, Fatima Abdulreda, Hessa Ahmed, Maryam Hasan, Aisha Salman, Iman Al Hani, Razan Adel and three professionals – Alysha Janneen, Brandie Rene and Tabyatha Donne.
The tournament got underway yesterday with a colourful opening ceremony featuring various artistes at the iconic Al Majaz amphitheater in Sharjah.
Later, teams representing various Arab countries took part in an impressive march-past.
The next few days will witness competition in basketball, volleyball, table tennis, athletics, archery, shooting, fencing, show jumping and karate, which is making its debut at AWST 2018.
Sixty-eight teams from 16 countries, represented by more than 1,000 athletes, are taking part in the event.
Countries participating in the tournament include hosts UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Morocco, Algeria, Lebanon, Palestine, Sudan, Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Somalia and Djibouti.
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