Sheikh Sal­man hands over Pres­i­dency to Bahrain

In­dia tops with 12 gold in 13th Asian Shoot­ing cham­pi­onship

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS - By Ab­del­latif Sharaa KUWAIT: Un­fair The medal sit­u­a­tion as of Fri­day is as fol­lows:

In an un­ex­pected move Sheikh Sal­man Sabah AlSalem Al-Hu­moud Al-Sabah gave up his pres­i­dency of the Asian Shoot­ing Con­fed­er­a­tion in fa­vor of Bahrain can­di­date Sheikh Ali bin Ab­dal­lah Al Khal­ifa, who was elected by ac­cla­ma­tion to be pres­i­dent for the next four years.

The move took place dur­ing the or­di­nary gen­eral as­sem­bly meet­ing of ASC Fri­day, on the side­lines of the 13th Asian Shoot­ing Cham­pi­onship be­ing held in Kuwait.

Mean­while, Pres­i­dent of Kuwait and Arab Shoot­ing Fed­er­a­tions Engi­neer Duaij Kha­laf Al-Otaibi gave up his mem­ber­ship of ASC ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee to other Asian can­di­dates, as all those at­tend­ing were taken by sur­prise by th­ese moves.

The gen­eral as­sem­bly chose Sheikh Sal­man as hon­orary pres­i­dent of ASC, while Chi­nese Lee Fing was cho­sen hon­orary sec­re­tary and Engi­neer Duaij Al-Otaibi for hon­orary mem­ber­ship. The gen­eral as­sem­bly lauded the ma­jor role Kuwait had played in de­vel­op­ing the sport of shoot­ing, also laws of Kuwait Shoot­ing Fed­er­a­tion which agrees with the Olympic char­ter.

In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter, State Min­is­ter for Youth Af­fairs, Hon­orary Pres­i­dent of the Asian Shoot­ing Con­fed­er­a­tion Sheikh Sal­man Al-Hu­moud Al-Sabah con­grat­u­lated all win­ners for their new posts and con­grat­u­lated Bahrain for hav­ing Sheikh Ali bin Ibrahim Al Khal­ifa Pres­i­dent of ASC. He said the Asian com­mu­nity gives Kuwait to­tal sup­port in its cur­rent crises, and be­lieve that Kuwait was treated un­fairly, though lo­cal laws agree with the in­ter­na­tional ones. The gen­eral as­sem­bly said the ISSF de­ci­sion for the Olympics is un­fair, adding that there is a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion from ASC to ISSF ask­ing it to re­verse its de­ci­sion in or­der to safe­guard the rights of shoot­ers.

Sheikh Sal­man said he will not be away from the Asian shoot­ing com­mu­nity and will con­tinue sup­port­ing them in var­i­ous events and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Mean­while, Pres­i­dent of Kuwait and Arab Shoot­ing Fed­er­a­tions Eng Duaij al-Otaibi said, his drop out of the elec­tions had noth­ing to do with the de­ci­sion to sus­pend Kuwait Sports by the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC). He said he pre­ferred to stay away to send a mes­sage to some who claim that we are look­ing for posts, and prove to them that the high­est goal is Kuwait sports in gen­eral, and not the lies they are spread­ing. Mean­while, ASC Pres­i­dent Sheikh Ali bin Ibrahim al Khal­ifa thanked Sheikh Sal­man and said he will con­tinue the march of Sheikh Sal­man to ful­fill the Asian am­bi­tions. He said the is­sue of con­sid­er­ing Asia’s Cham­pi­onship in Kuwait not quali­fy­ing for the Olympics is the most im­por­tant and con­sid­ered it un­fair and was made af­ter in­tense prepa­ra­tions by all coun­tries.

In­dia now tops the medals ta­ble with 12 gold, 8 sil­ver and 8 bronze, while China dropped to sec­ond place with 11 gold, 8 sil­ver and bronze. Korea 9 gold, 10 sil­ver, 10 bronze, Iran 5 gold, 4 sil­ver, 5 bronze. Kuwait 3 gold, 2 sil­ver, 5 bronze, Kaza­khstan 2 gold, Ta­jik­stan 1 gold, Mon­go­lia 4 sil­ver, 1 bronze, Malaysia and UAE 1 sil­ver and 1 bronze each, Sin­ga­pore and Tai­wan 1 sil­ver each and Viet­nam 2 bronze.

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