Kuwaiti athletes, with intellectual disabilities, won gold, silver and bronze medals, at the Special Olympics IX MENA Games Abu Dhabi 2018, as competitions kicked off, in the UAE’s capital, earlier Sunday.
The Kuwaiti athletes succeeded in standing on the podium amidst competition from 32 countries, Rehab Burusly, Chairwoman of Al-Tomooh Sport Club for Intellectual Disabilities of Kuwait, said.
She said, the athletes were very keen on achieving top places, despite the fact that the club was officially established only days before the Special Olympic games.
Burusly said, Mohammad Sami and Mishal Al-Bader both won the gold medals in swimming – butterfly and Chest stroke races.
Fawziya Al-Sawwagh won the silver medal, of the women’s bowling event, while Rashed Al-Qabandi, won bronze of the men’s table tennis.
Burusly said, the team included 50 athletes competing in football, basketball, table tennis, swimming, track and field, bowling and bocce (a ball sport belonging to the boules family, closely related to British bowls and French petanque).
The special Olympics IX MENA Games and Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2018, are part of the UAE’s National Vision 2021, that highlights full integration of people of determination into everyday society.
Source: NAM News Network