Mini Olympics underway in Bahrain
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The Fourth Mini Olympics was officially declared open today at a spectacular opening ceremony at Isa Sports City’s Bahrain Volleyball Association gym at in Riffa.
The Mini Olympics is being organised by the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) in cooperation with the Ministry of Education.
His Majesty King Hamad Representative for Charity Works and Youth Affairs, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa inaugurated the Mini Olympics, which will run until March 30.
Other high-ranking officials were also present at the ceremony, including Education Minister Dr Majid bin Ali Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports deputy general secretary and BOC general secretary Abdulrahman Askar, as well as representatives of sports federations and the ministry.
In an official statement, Askar said he was pleased for the outstanding turnout this year and the impressive participation from the government and private schools in all 14 sports events – football, 3-on-3 basketball, volleyball, handball. table tennis, athletics cricket, hockey, swimming, water sports, gymnastics, taekwondo, jiu jitsu and karting.
"This year we have more than 2,000 students from 42 government and private schools taking part this year, which is something that exceeded our expectations" said Askar.
"We are very pleased and proud to bring this event every year, in an attempt to promote the values and principles of the Olympic among government and private schools in the Kingdom, and motivate them to practice sports activities and follow a healthy life style".
"We look to discover promising sports talent, build a solid foundation and involve them in competitive sporting activities organized by sports clubs and associations. We are also keen to establish competitive sports activities organized at the school," added Askar.
Meanwhile, Mini Olympics competition got underway with cricket matches near the national stadium, where the Indian School ‘A’ beat the New Millennium School by 36 runs on the first day of the tournament.
In other matches, Combined School ‘B’ got a walkover against New Millennium School ‘B’, Ibn Al Haytham Islamic School won over Indian School ‘B’ by 26 runs, Combined School ‘A’ beat St. Christopher’s School by 45 runs, and Indian School beat Combined School by seven wickets.
Table tennis, 3x3 basketball and karting events also got underway yesterday, with Al Noor International School registering the biggest result in the basketball tournament, an easy 12-2 win over the Indian School ‘D’.
In table tennis, Susan Nayana and Amil Amruta reached the primary stage girls final, while Angadpreet S. will clash with Sakeeth in the primary stage boys final.