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Oman wins gold, silver at first MENA badminton Special Olympics

12 May 2024 Oman wins gold, silver at first MENA badminton Special Olympics By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – Oman Special Olympics team clinched gold and silver medals at the inaugural Special Olympics MENA’s Sub-Regional Gulf Badminton Competition held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from May 9 to May 13.

Abdullah bin Mana al Noubi secured first place following a tough match against a Qatari competitor.

Fawaz bin Faraj Beit Medit defeated a Bahraini player to claimed a silver.

The competition brought together athletes from across the Gulf region, fostering camaraderie and sportsmanship.

Representatives of Special Olympics programmes in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and the UAE, besides Oman, attended the opening ceremony held in Yas Island on May 9.

Commenting on the event’s impact, Ayman Abdel Wahab, Special Olympics Regional President for MENA, said, “Bringing together more than 25 badminton athletes from across the Gulf to compete in Abu Dhabi is a significant addition to the Special Olympics movement.”

He highlighted the positive influence of sports on athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities, emphasising that such activities promote inclusion, empowerment and equality, which he described as “fundamental rights for all”.

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