Kuwait and Oman are the latest countries to sign for the region’s largest women only tournament, The Arab Women Sports Tournament (AWST). The Supreme Organising Committee for the third Arab Women Sports Tournament announced their participation and said that it brought the number of Arab countries participating in the tournament to 17, including Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Jordan, Palestine, Somalia, Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, Iraq, Tunis, Morocco, Sudan, and the host country, the UAE.
AWST will be hosted by Sharjah from 2-12 February under the patronage of Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah, and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs. It is accredited by the Union of Arab National Olympic Committees (UANOC) and the Arab League, and is organised by the Women Sports Department and Sharjah Ladies Club (SLC) and their partners, including the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare, National Olympic Committee, and Sharjah Sports Council.
Oman’s participation in the tournament comes through Al Bashaer Sports Club, which will participate in the athletics competition, while Kuwait will participate in the shooting competitions.
Nada Al Naqbi, Deputy Head of AWST’s Supreme Organising Committee, Head of the Executive Committee and Tournament Manager, welcomed the joining of Oman and Kuwait to the tournament.
She said, “This is strong evidence of the tournament’s success and good reputation. This comes as part of the expansion plans to increase the number of participating countries. Since we launched in 2012, we sought to expand the scope of participation and inspire Arab women to join sports clubs and take sports as a profession. The overall aim is to raise the profile of competitions in various games, and consequently increase the number of female players participating in the pan-Arab tournament, which will add to its success and help it achieve the desired goals.” Al Naqbi added, “So far there are 17 out of 22 Arab countries participating. In the future, we hope to see all of them taking part in the tournament. When we first launched in 2012, only 12 countries participated in AWST, now it’s very heartening to see the increase in the number of countries. We wish Oman and Kuwait success and hope they enjoy the competitions.”(…]