Sultan al Hosni is new handball chief

Sultan al Hosni was elected as the new chairman of the Oman Handball Association for a four-year term upto 2016.

The Al Khabourah Club's chairman collected 16 votes to deal a crushing blow to challenger Nasser al Alawi, who managed eight votes, and the incumbent Said al Busaidy, who settled for just seven.

A total of 31 clubs voted in the elections, held at the City Seasons Hotel on Tuesday. 

Said al Shahri was elected vice-president, bagging 25 votes to beat incumbent treasurer Abdullah Mazar al Raisi (4 votes) and Basil al Salami (2).

Faiz al Muslahi, meanwhile, remained the general secretary, collecting 15 votes to edge out Moosa al Balushi (13) while Nasser al Hilali (3), the third candidate in that race, fell far behind.

Issa al Jabri was elected treasurer unopposed, taking over from Abdullah Mazar, who contested only for the vice-chairman’s post.

Hosni said after the win, “We will carry on the good work that the previous board had done under Busaidy’s leadership. I have got a good team and we will work together for the betterment of handball in Oman.”

The new chief said he will focus on improving the standard of handball at the domestic level. “My priority will be to improve the existing structure of the national league,” he said.

“I want more clubs to join the league and we will work towards it. Also, the league schedule keeps changing every year, which affects the players and the clubs. We will work towards resolving these issues.”

Ahmed al Maamari (24 votes), Ahmed al Jibli (19), Abdulrehman al Shuhi (18), Othman al Qasmi (16) and Amer al Hajri (14) were elected board members from the 15 who contested for the five slots.

The candidates who lost out are Ali al Ghazali (10 votes), Mustafa al Zinki (3), Awadh al Ghafri (8), Abdullah al Amri (10), Yaqoub al Qasmi (5), Hilal al Balushi (6), Obaid al Maamari (5), Abdulmomin al Khusaibi (7), Ali al Araimi (6) and Yaqoub al Wahaibi (4).

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