Muscat: The national athletics women and men’s team will commence the Sultanate of Oman's participation at the GCC Games which will begin in Kuwait on Monday.
The women athletes arrived to Kuwait on Wednesday and had their last few warm-up sessions ahead of the official competitions start, while the men's team arrived earlier on Saturday.
The Sultanate of Oman’s top sprinter Barakat al Harthi is among the national athletics team squad besides Oman’s fastest woman sprinter Mazoon al Alawi, who represented Oman for second successive participation in the last Olympics Games in Tokyo.
Moreover, talented young sprinter Ali al Balushi is also in the team and it is excepted Oman may record good show in this Games by getting more medals in athletics. National experienced coaches Mohammed al Hooti and Hamood al Dalhami are leading the coaching staff of the national athletics team.
The Oman Olympic Committee (OOC) aims from the athletics team to register more medals for the Sultanate of Oman in this Gulf event which features participation of more than 1,700 athletes representing six GCC countries in 16 sports including athletics, handball, volleyball, futsal, swimming, electronic games, karate, judo, fencing, shooting, cycling, ice hockey, table tennis, 3X3 basketball and padel.
On the other hand, Oman futsal team, coached by local coach Younis al Fahdi, was among the first national team to arrive in Kuwait.
The team had their first preparatory game in Kuwait City against Kuwait’s Al Qadsia SC. The match ended in a 6-6 draw. The national futsal team will begin their Gulf campaign against the UAE team on Wednesday. Coach al Fahdi announced the final squad of the team which featured 12 players including Hisham al Wahaibi, Issa al Balushi, Abdulaziz al Raqadi, Issa al Jabri, Mohammad al Lawati, Louay al Wahaibi, Mohammad al Raisi, Mutasem al Shamsi, Khalfan al Maawali, Samer al Balushi, Mansoor al Hadi and Zamil al Balushi.