KUWAIT, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- Hours before the conclusion of the five-day Gulf
Cooperation Council (GCC) Men's Gymnastics Championship here Friday, two Arab
Gymnastic Federation officials lauded the championship in harnessing the GCC
"The GCC Championships have undergone major developments in the recent
years in terms of organization and athletes levels," Arab Gymnastics
Federation Advisor Mohammad Makki told reporters here on the occasion the
conclusion of tenth Men's Gymnastics Championship.
"The success of these tournaments has been reflected positively on level of
all the Arab athletes and championships," he added.
Makki, also Head of Lebanese Gymnastic Federation, noted that this year's
edition of the GCC Gymnastic Championship was characterized by the presence of
a considerable number of promising talents, especially those in junior age
"The GCC championships' fierce competition plays an important role in
sharpening the athletes' skills," he said.
For his part, former vice-president of the Arab Gymnastics Federation and
Head of Tunisian Gymnastics Federation Al-Zamani Faisal shared the same view.
"GCC teams, especially of Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, have made great
strides towards excellence in this game," Faisal said, voicing admiration of
the level of participating athletes.
The Kuwaiti team is leading the championship after the excellent
performance of Kuwaiti athletes particularly in (under 11 years) group.
Kuwaiti athlete Ali Haidar have won five gold medals alone to raise the
score of Kuwait to eight gold, three silver and two bronze medals.
Qatar comes second with two gold, two silver and one bronze medals, then
Saudi Arabia with one golden, five silver and five bronzes medals.
The five-day Gulf Championships kicked off on Monday, with the absence of
Oman out of the six member nations.
The event held under the patronage of President of the Olympic Council of
Asia Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Sabah, and includes competitions for junior, youth
and men levels over six disciplines, namely; floor gymnastics, pommel horse,
still rings, the vault, parallel bars and the high bar.
Attending national teams are allowed 24 gymnasts each, and will be
officiated by a panel of Gulf-born judges.
Kuwait is the most country to have won the highest number of medals in a
single tournament, taken the title on seven occasions, while Saudi Arabia and
Qatar trail behind with one apiece. (end)
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