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Oman set for Arab U23 Athletics in Tunisia


The Oman athletics team will take part in the first edition of the Arab Athletics U23 Championships which will be hosted by Tunisia from May 20 to 24. The championships will run under the umbrella of the Arab Athletics Federation in cooperation with Tunisian Athletics Federation.

Oman’s delegation headed off to the Tunisian capital city of Tunis early on Thursday morning and Shaikh Salim al Amri, Chairman of Oman Athletics Association (OAA), led the national team delegation.

As many as 300 athletes representing 18 countries from across the Arab world are attending the event. The championships will act as a crucial event for this category as the young athletes are preparing to venture into the senior level. Moreover, these championships are part of the athletes preparation for the major forthcoming events including 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

The OAA selected some potential athletes who will represent Oman in the Arab Athletics meet including young sprinter Ali bin Anwar al Balushi, who will take part in the 100 and 200 metres running competitions. Mohammed al Suleimani and Hussain al Farsi will compete in the long distance competitions including 1,500 metres and 800 metres. Woman sprinter Alaa al Zadjali will attend the 100 and 200 metres running. Fatik Jaboob will participate in the jump competition while Mubeen al Kindi will take part in the hammer throw competition.

The competitions schedule revealed Saturday as the opening day of the competitions which feature running events of 1,000 metres, 100 metres hurdles and 110 metres hurdles, long jump, 400 metres run, 100 metres run, discus throw, triple jump, and 4x100 metres relay run.

Oman’s youth athletes will aim to capture some medals from this Arabian championship. The national athletes in the championship are also setting their sights on qualifying to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

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