Female athletes to take part in first-ever GCC ‘Olympics’
FEMALE athletes are to compete for the first time at the GCC Special Olympics next week. Eight Bahraini female athletes are to join the hundreds of disabled sportsmen and women at the games, which open on Saturday in Doha, Qatar.
The Bahrain Disabled Sports Federation (BDSF) and Special Olympics Bahrain (SOB) are sending 16 athletes to compete in the Fifth GCC Special Olympics, which will continue until April 27.
The event is being organised by the GCC Organising Committee for Disabled Sports, which is headquartered in Bahrain and chaired by Shaikh Daij bin Khalifa Al Khalifa. Shaikh Daij, who is also the president of both the BDSF and SOB, will declare the games open on Saturday.
The GCC Special Olympics is held every two years, said BDSF technical committee director Essam Kamal.“This is the first time in the GCC Special Olympics’ history that female athletes are taking part. “We are integrating boys and girls in the games to give female athletes a chance to participate and excel in sports.
“This comes following the success of our 21 Bahraini female athletes in the First Disabled Girls Championships in Sharjah, where they won seven gold medals, three silver and one bronze medal.”
The 21-member Bahrain delegation will be leaving for Qatar on Thursday at 5pm.
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