Oman hand­ball gets ma­jor lift with Asian deal

OHA and Asian body sign MoU to make Mus­cat train­ing hub for Asian coaches and ref­er­ees


Oman hand­ball got a big shot in the arm as the Sul­tanate’s as­so­ci­a­tion signed a four-year deal to make the cap­i­tal Mus­cat the train­ing hub for Asian coaches, ref­er­ees and ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cials in the game.

The Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) was signed by Oman Hand­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (OHA) Chairman Dr Said al Shahri and Bader al Theyab, vi­cepres­i­dent of In­ter­na­tional Hand­ball Fed­er­a­tion and trea­surer of Asian Hand­ball Fed­er­a­tion (AHF), at the Oman Olympic Com­mit­tee (OOC) head­quar­ters in Mus­cat on Thurs­day.

The Sul­tan Qa­boos Sports Com­plex in Bausher will host the train­ing pro­grammes.

OHA chief Dr Said al Shahri was de­lighted to make the deal pos­si­ble and said it will give a much-needed fil­lip to Oman hand­ball.

“I am happy that we are able to make Mus­cat an Asian train­ing hub for hand­ball. This is a big thing for Oman hand­ball.”

“This deal will hugely boost the stan­dard of the game in the Sul­tanate. We will try to make most of it as the OHA will take ini­tia­tive to im­prove the coach­ing, of­fi­ci­at­ing and ad­min­is­tra­tive skills of Oma­nis in the game also,” Al Shahri said.

Com­ment­ing on the deal, Bader al Theyab said the co­op­er­a­tion with the OHA will reach new heights with the agree­ment.

“The AHF be­lieves that the deal will serve a great deal to im­prove the game in Oman and Asian level. Oman can make use of the sit­u­a­tion to de­velop well trained coaches, ref­er­ees and of­fi­cials also,” he said.

On Oman’s stan­dard in the game, the IHF vice-pres­i­dent said Oman is a sig­nif­i­cant force in beach hand­ball and has good po­ten­tial in the in­door game.

OOC Chairman and In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee mem­ber Shaikh Khalid bin Mo­hammed al Zubair was the chief guest on the oc­ca­sion.

Ahmed Abu al Lail, AHF ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, and Jasem al Theyab, AHF tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor, was also present. NEW COACH TO TAKE CHARGE

New coach for Oman hand­ball team, Egyp­tian Mo­hammed Ab­del Moaty will ar­rive in Oman on Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to Said bin Ali al Hosni, an ad­min­is­tra­tor at the OHA.

The im­me­di­ate task for Ab­del Moaty, the for­mer coach of Kuwait, will be to pre­pare the na­tional team for the Asian cham­pi­onship in South Korean cap­i­tal of Seoul.

The 18th Asian Men’s Hand­ball Cham­pi­onship in South Korea from Jan­uary 18-28 will also serve as the qual­i­fier for the world cham­pi­onship.

Oman has been placed in Group B that com­prises Aus­tralia, Bahrain and Uzbek­istan.

Iran, Iraq and Ja­pan are in Group A while Bangladesh, In­dia, South Korea and UAE form Group C and China, New Zealand, Saudi Ara­bia and Qatar are in Group D. The top four teams will ad­vance to the 2019 worlds, jointly or­gan­ised by Den­mark and Ger­many.

The na­tional beach hand­ball team, un­der coach Hamood al Has­sani, will be in ac­tion at next year’s world cham­pi­onship in Kazan, Rus­sia.

For the ju­nior side, main fo­cus will be the 16th Asian Men’s Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship in July 2018 and Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires in Ar­gentina from Oc­to­ber 6-12, 2018.

In the com­ing Novem­ber, Oman ju­niors will take part in an Arab level tour­na­ment in Saudi Ara­bia.

— Anuroop A

Oman play­ers Said Mo­hammed al Hak­mani, Ab­dul Ma­lik al Yakubi, Mo­hammed An­war and Mo­hammed Saleh al Araimi.

— Khal­fan al Toobi

OHA Chairman Dr Said al Shahri and Bader al Theyab, vice-pres­i­dent of IHF, ex­change the doc­u­ments as OOC Chairman Shaikh Khalid al Zubair looks on.

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