Kuwait’s women sports: Con­tin­u­ous de­vel­op­ments

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - — KUNA

Women sports in Kuwait had seen de­vel­op­ments on dif­fer­ent lev­els, as some women were able to rep­re­sent their coun­try in var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments. De­spite th­ese de­vel­op­ments, this sec­tion of sports needs more at­ten­tion and sup­port from the gov­ern­ment, al­low­ing women to of­fi­cially en­gage in sports events rather than rely on their per­sonal ef­forts.

As part of the gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to boost women sports, Kuwait launched the GCC ladies Olympics in 2008 at Al-Qad­siya Club. The tour­na­ment in­volved ta­ble ten­nis, basketball, shoot­ing, taek­wondo and ath­let­ics back then, while the types of par­tic­i­pat­ing games reached 12 by now.

Ob­sta­cles

Chair­per­son of Kuwait Women Sport Fed­er­a­tion and head of the GCC Women Sport Com­mit­tee Sheikha Naima Al-Ah­mad AlSabah noted yes­ter­day that women sport was launched in the 1970s by Sheikh Fa­had AlAh­mad Al-Sabah, who pro­moted the idea by form­ing ladies’ basketball and vol­ley­ball teams. The lack of women sports clubs in the coun­try, where Al-Fatat Women Sports Club was the only place avail­able for girls back then, played a role in pre­vent­ing the ex­pan­sion of women sports, Sheikha Naima, also head of the West Asia Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion’s (WAFF) Women’s Com­mit­tee said. She added that the so­ci­ety’s neg­a­tive views on women sports also took part in the slow de­vel­op­ment of women sports. Speak­ing of up­com­ing tour­na­ments, the chair­per­son said Kuwait is set to hold the GCC women sports tour­na­ment for the sec­ond time in April 2019. Kuwait will also or­ga­nize a lo­cal sports league for girls’ teams from Al-Fatat Women Sports Club, Al-Oy­oun Club and Salwa Club. Mean­while, she noted that the Kuwaiti team would take part in the fourth Arab Women Sports Tour­na­ment set for Fe­bru­ary 2018 in Shar­jah.

On all lev­els

Chair­per­son of Al-Fatat Women Sports Club Sheikha Far­iha Al-Ah­mad Al-Sabah said the club is work­ing on de­vel­op­ing the ath­letes’ per­son­al­i­ties and skills on all lev­els, to en­able them to par­tic­i­pate in re­gional and in­ter­na­tional events. Mean­while, chair­per­son of the women’s sports com­mit­tee and mem­ber of the board of Kuwait Olympic Com­mit­tee Fa­tima Hayat noted that the com­mit­tee has set a thor­ough plan to boost women sports in the coun­try.

The plan in­cludes de­vel­op­ing all sec­tions of this field in co­op­er­a­tion with the Pub­lic Author­ity for Sports and form­ing a na­tional foot­ball team to take part in the 2024 World Cup qual­i­fy­ing rounds. More­over, it will in­volve launch­ing a cam­paign to bring aware­ness to­wards the im­por­tance of women sports and ex­ert ef­forts to change so­ci­ety’s neg­a­tive ideas on the mat­ter, she added.

— KUNA

KUWAIT: Min­is­ter of Com­merce and In­dus­try, Act­ing Min­is­ter of Youth Af­fairs Khalid Al-Roud­han awards the win­ning team at the con­clu­sion of the sec­ond an­nual Women’s Foot­ball Tour­na­ment or­ga­nized by the Pub­lic Author­ity for Sports last June. (Right) A lo­cal team poses with their sil­ver medals af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond in a lo­cal basketball tour­na­ment.

Kuwait’s women foot­ball team par­tic­i­pate in a train­ing ses­sion.

Mem­bers of the Kuwait women’s foot­ball team prac­tice at the Jaber Sta­dium.

A mem­ber of Kuwait’s na­tional hand­ball team shoots the ball dur­ing a match against the United Arab Emi­rates.

Fe­male ath­letes par­tic­i­pate in a prac­tice ses­sion.

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