Qatari Team Raise Tally To 9 Medals at Arab Rifle and Pistol Championship in Tunisia


The Qatari teams shooters continued their brilliance and distinction in the Arab Championship for 10-meter air rifle and pistol shooting, which concluded Monday in Tunisia.

Qatar’s shooters were able to win two additional medals (gold and bronze), bringing the mission’s total tally to 9 colored medals (two golds, a silver medal, and 6 bronze medals). The duo of Al Maha Al Ali and Abdulrahman Al Sulaiti won Monday the gold medal in the mixed rifle competition for the junior category, and at the same time. In the competition, the duo Sheikha Al Nuaimi and Khalid Al Sharshani won the bronze medal.

During the previous days, Qatari shooters won 7 medals in the Arab Championship, which came from the shooter Al Maha Al Ali, who won the gold medal in the 10-meter rifle competition for the junior girls individual category, and the shooter Sheikha Al Nuaimi, who won the bronze medal in the same competition, and the shooter Abdul Rahman Al Sulaiti won the silver medal in the competition. 10-meter rifle for the junior
individual category. In the same competition, shooter Saad Al Sulaiti won the bronze medal.

As for the team competitions, shooters Hamad Al-Marri, Saeed Al Marri and Abdullah Al Hajri each won a team bronze in the 10-meter pistol competition, and female shooters Bahia Al Hamad, Matara Al Asiri and Dalal Al Qubaisi won a team bronze in the 10-meter rifle competition.

In the mixed team competitions, Qatari team shooters Ali Rashid Al-Mohannadi and Bahia Al-Hamad won the bronze medal in the 10 meter rifle competition.

The Arab Championship competitions were held in the singles, doubles and team categories for men, women, and junior men and women, and witnessed the participation of 47 coaches and administrators, in addition to 9 international referees.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Zamalek Crowned CAF Confederation Cup Champions


Zamalek of Egypt has claimed the CAF Confederation Cup title for the second time in its history, defeating Morocco’s RS Berkane 1-0 in the second leg of the final.

The decisive goal was scored by Ahmed Hamdi in the 23rd minute.

Zamalek benefited from the away goals rule, having lost the first leg 1-2 last week in Morocco. This victory mirrors their first Confederation Cup triumph in 2019, also against RS Berkane, where they won on penalties after both legs ended 1-0.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Kuwait’s Al-Rajhi qualifies for 400m T54 final


Kuwait’s national team player Faisal Al-Rajhi finished third in the men’s 400 meters T54 heat 1 at the Para Athletics World Championships on Sunday, qualifying for the final due Monday.

Al-Rajhi ran in 49.17 in his preliminary round, behind the winner Australia’s Samuel Carter and Britain’s Nathan Maguire, with the top three runners automatically advancing to the final in the event in the western Japanese city of Kobe.

On Saturday, Al-Rajhi won the gold medal in a 5,000-meter race.

Held in East Asia for the first time and serves as a qualifier for the upcoming Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, the Kobe World Para Athletics Championships has attracted some 1,000 athletes from 100 countries and regions, according to the organizer.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Qatar SC Advance to HH the Amir Cup Final After Penalty Shootout Victory Over Al Gharafa


Doha: Qatar SC secured a place in the final of the 52nd edition of HH the Amir Cup 2024 after a dramatic 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Al Gharafa following a 2-2 draw in regular and extra time on Sunday at Al Janoub Stadium.

Bruno Tabata and Ali Awad scored for Qatar SC in the 53rd and 83rd minutes respectively, while Ferjani Sassi and Yacine Brahimi netted for Al Gharafa in the 55th and 73rd minutes.

Qatar SC, reaching the final for the seventh time in its history, will face Al Sadd on May 24 at Education City Stadium in HH the Amir Cup final.

Qatar SC aim to clinch their third HH the Amir Cup title, with their last victory dating back to 1976.

Al Gharafa, who hoped to win their eighth title and first since 2012 when they defeated Al Sadd, will have to wait for another opportunity.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Qatar Esports Forum Kicks Off with Wide Participation


Doha: The Qatar Esports Forum, organized by Media City Qatar in collaboration with the Qatar Esports Federation, commenced Sunday.

The forum featured panel discussions and workshops, attracting over 100 industry leaders and esports enthusiasts from 30 countries.

Discussions at the forum focused on exploring opportunities in the esports sector and fostering collaboration between local and international players, aiming to develop and raise awareness about this promising industry and elevate it for the future.

CEO of Media City Qatar, Jassim Mohamed Al Khori, stated that the forum aims to attract and engage the esports audience. He highlighted that Media City has conducted a strategic study to understand and empower this demographic, considering esports as one of the most important future industries.

Al Khori noted that investments in esports have exceeded USD10 billion in the Middle East, creating thousands of jobs in the gaming industry. He emphasized that this innovative sector is an integral part of the
modern media landscape.

Head of Sports Affairs at the Qatar Esports Federation, Ahmed Al Mughaiseb, stated that the first Qatar Esports Forum has helped forge relationships and establish international partnerships. He explained that the federation’s role is to nurture talent and develop tournaments locally, regionally, and internationally.

Al Mughaiseb added that the forum provided an opportunity to showcase the federation’s plans and highlight the tournaments that have taken place, as well as to discuss and explore future strategies. He noted that the federation aims to establish Qatar as a prominent hub for esports.

He also pointed out that the forum was a chance to enhance and grow the esports sector locally, aiming to develop it to achieve global recognition.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Draw for Qatar Handball Cup and Amir Cup Held


Doha: The draw for the Qatar Handball Cup and the Amir Handball Cup for the current sports season 2023-2024 was held on Sunday.

The draw for the Qatar Cup, in which first four places teams in the general league participate, resulted in two matches between league champion Al Rayyan and Al Duhail, while Al Arabi will meet Al Ahli in the semi-final. The final is next Wednesday, with the final match between the winners being held on the twenty-sixth of May.

The draw for the Amir Cup also placed Al Gharafa with Al Shamal, and Qatar with Al Khor in the first stage (Qualification) on Wednesday.

In the second stage (Quarter Final) on Friday, Al Sadd will play against Al Rayyan and Al Duhail will face the winner of the Al Gharafa-Al Shamal match, while Al Arabi will take on the winner of the Qatar-Al Khor match and Al Ahly will meet Al Wakrah.

The two matches of the third stage (Semi Final) of the Amir Cup will be held on May 28 and the final match on May 30.

The draw ceremony was supervised by Hamad Al Nuaimi, m
ember of the board of directors of Qatar Handball Association, in the presence of club representatives.

Last season, Al Wakrah won the Qatar Cup title and Al Arabi won the Amir Cup title.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Ghanem Al Madheed Champion of Second Round of Qatar Touring Car Championship


Doha: May 18 – Ghanem Al Madheed won the title of the second round of the sixth edition of the Qatar Touring Car Championship. Held at the Lusail International Circuit, the two-day event saw the participation of 20 drivers.

Al Madheed claimed the title after winning the first and second race titles. In the first race, Al Madheed took first place with a time of 25 minutes 58.955 seconds, 12.651 seconds ahead of his closest competitor Abdullah Al Khulaifi, who finished second with a time of 26 minutes 11.606 seconds.

Mansour Al Hajri finished in third place after recording a time of 26 minutes 24.071 seconds, 25.116 seconds behind the lead, while Ahmed Al Asiri was in fourth place with a time of 26 minutes 31.296 seconds. Ali Al Emadi came in fifth place with a time of 26 minutes 37.112 seconds.

In the second race, Al Madheed managed to take first place after a time of 26 minutes 54.822 seconds, 0.396 seconds ahead of his closest competitor Mansour Al Hajri, who finished second with a time of 26 minutes 55.2
18 seconds.

Abdulaziz Al Sayed came in third place after a time of 27 minutes 09,068 seconds, while Imran Karama took fourth place with a time of 27 minutes 09.111 seconds, and Ibrahim Abdul Ghani was in fifth place with a time of 27 minutes 09.702 seconds.

Source: Qatar News Agency

2024 Amir Cup: Al Sadd Coach Looking to Win Title


Doha: May 18 – Al Sadd coach Wesam Rizk emphasized the significance of the team’s victory over Al Duhail in the Amir Cup semifinal.

Speaking after the match, Rizk said, “We succeeded in clinching the match in our favor, despite the first half ending in a goalless draw. The players delivered a better performance in the second half.” He added, “We congratulate everyone on the honor of reaching the final after the heroic performance from the players. The upcoming match is crucial, and our focus from tomorrow will be on the final.” The Al Sadd coach continued, “Matches between Al Sadd and Al Duhail are always thrilling and highly competitive, defying any predictions. Therefore, winning such matches serves as a significant motivation for the players to give their best in the final.” Rizk concluded his statement by saying, “One step remains before lifting the Amir Cup. I thank the Al Sadd fans for their support; they were the biggest supporters of the players, and we hope for more support from them in the final.”
Al Sadd’s Algerian striker Baghdad Bounedjah expressed his immense joy at his side’s qualification for the Amir Cup final, after their 1-0 victory over Al Duhail in the semifinal clash played on Saturday.

Bounedjah stated in his post-match remarks, “We succeeded in achieving victory and booking our ticket to the final of the 52nd edition of the Amir Cup. The team delivered a great performance against Al Duhail, and we managed to maintain our lead until the end of the match.” Speaking about the Amir Cup final, Bounedjah said: “I played in the final of the Amir Cup in my first season with Al Sadd, and now I will participate in the final in my last game for the club.” He added that he has a special relationship with the fans of Al Sadd since joining the team, stating that he will not give up on winning the title for them.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Brighton Announces Departure of Italian Coach Roberto De Zerbi


Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club announced that its Italian coach Roberto De Zerbi will leave the club after its match tomorrow against Manchester United, concluding this season’s Premier League matches.

In a statement, Brighton said that an agreement was reached between it and De Zerbi to terminate the contract by mutual consent.

De Zerbi has been coaching Brighton since September 2022, after its then-coach Graham Potter moved to Chelsea.

In his first season with the club, the Italian coach landed it in 6th place in the Premier League standings, while this season, De Zerbi managed to get the club into the UEFA Europa League’s round of 16 for the first time in its history.

Brighton ranks 10th in the Premier League with 48 points.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Nasser Al Attiyah Clinches Title of Jordan Rally


Qatari rally driver Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah clinched the title of the 41st Jordan International Rally today, the second round of the 2024 Middle East Rally Championship. The event, held in the Dead Sea area, saw the participation of 24 cars (16 from the International Automobile Federation and eight national cars) and competitors from nine countries.

This victory marks Al Attiyah’s 16th title in the Jordan Rally from 21 participations, setting a new record. It also represents his 85th career win in the Middle East Rally Championship out of 233 rounds. Al Attiyah aims to secure his 20th overall championship title this year.

Al Attiyah, alongside his Polish navigator Giovanni Bernacchini, drove their “Skoda Fabia RS Rally2” to first place with a time of 2:08:28.2 hours. They finished 5:31.6 minutes ahead of their closest competitors, fellow Qatari Abdulaziz Al Kuwari and his British navigator Marshall Clarke, also in a “Skoda Fabia RS Rally2”, who timed 2:13:59.8 hours. Jordanian driver Shaker Jweihan, with Le
banese co-driver Carlos Hanna in a “Lancer Evo”, took third place with a time of 2:2043.1 hours.

Throughout the two-day event, which featured 15 special stages across the Dead Sea and Mount Nebo regions, Al Attiyah dominated the fastest times in most stages.

In remarks, Al Attiyah expressed his joy at winning the Jordan Rally for the 16th time, enhancing his record number of victories. He noted that the Jordan Rally is his favorite race, and this win bolsters his bid for the Middle East Championship title. Al Attiyah credited his team for their support and their role in helping him adapt to his new car and return to strong competition in the championship.

Looking ahead, Al Attiyah acknowledged the upcoming Lebanon Rally, the third round of the Middle East Championship, as a different and challenging race. He emphasized the importance of learning from past mistakes and competing intelligently to achieve his goals.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Indiana Pacers Defeat New York Knicks to Force Decisive Game 7


The Indiana Pacers defeated the New York Knicks on Saturday in Game Six with a score of 116-103 in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the NBA, bringing the series to a tie at 3-3.

With this victory, the Pacers have forced a decisive Game Seven against the Knicks, which will take place on Sunday in New York City.

The winner of this series will face the Boston Celtics, the top seed of the season, in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Kuwait wins gold in Arab shooting tourney

The national shooting team won a gold medal and a bronze one in the Arab competition currently proceeding in Tunisia.

Hamad Al-Nemshan came top in the category of 10-meter pistol shooting while his female peer, Ghezlan Al-Hindi, came third in the same competition for women.

Al-Nemshan beat the Egyptian shooter Hafez Ibrahim who bagged the silver medal. The Iraqi Ali Al-Musawi won the bronze one.

Al-Hindi came third after a fiery competition with the Egyptian Hala Al-Johari who came second and the Tunisian Duaa Shaljoum who ranked third.

Duaij Al-Otaibi, the head of the Kuwaiti and Arab shooting federations, praised the good results made by the Kuwaiti shooters and dedicated the victory to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the government and people of Kuwait.

He affirmed importance od holding of such a competition as a prelude to the Olympic competitions, set to begin in Paris in July.

Source: Kuwait News Agency