Hadi and Kindi pos­i­tive ahead of 49er worlds

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Oman's Musab al Hadi and Waleed al Kindi are car­ry­ing the load of ex­pec­ta­tions of the sul­tanate's sail­ing com­mu­nity as they prepare to com­pete for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Qual­i­fiers in Abu Dhabi, UAE, next month.

The Oma­nis, com­pet­ing in the 49ers class, are on the brink of his­tory as they chase a maiden qual­i­fi­ca­tion into the Olympic Games with a ti­tle win in UAE qual­i­fiers se­cur­ing their berth.

Oman Sail has been strongly back­ing the duo and in a bid to get them max­i­mum ex­po­sure ahead of the qual­i­fiers it has ar­ranged their par­tic­i­pa­tion in back-to-back com­pe­ti­tions in Aus­tralia.

Hadi and Kindi are the reign­ing Asian 49er cham­pi­ons and on Mon­day con­cluded their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the 2020 Ocea­nia Cham­pi­onship in Gee­long, Aus­tralia.

The Ocea­nia re­gatta was held at the same venue where the 2020 World 49er Cham­pi­onship will be staged from Fe­bru­ary 10.

The Ocea­nia cham­pi­onship at­tracted the best of the sailors as it pro­vided a per­fect plat­form for them ahead of the world cham­pi­onship.

Amid the top-class com­pe­ti­tion at the Ocea­nia meet, Hadi and Kindi fin­ished 47th among a field of 75 teams with a nett score of 87 af­ter eight races.

The best seven re­sults were counted but Hadi and Kindi could not com­pete in the fi­nal race due to a tech­ni­cal glitch. Hadi and Kindi recorded morale-boost­ing two top-ten fin­ishes with a sev­enth-place in the open­ing race, their best show.

Fel­low Omani duo of Ahmed al Hasani and Ab­dul­rah­man al Mashari fin­ished 66th with a nett score of 75 points.

Speak­ing af­ter the Ocea­nia Cham­pi­onship, Hadi said, “The time here in Gee­long has been in­valu­able in preparing for the Olympic qual­i­fi­ca­tion event next month. It re­ally has been the per­fect warm-up event. The con­di­tions have been quite tricky but we def­i­nitely learnt a lot in the strong winds. The com­pe­ti­tion was world class and we are pos­i­tive of a strong show­ing at the worlds next week.”

The worlds starts on Fe­bru­ary 10 and it will be the fi­nal event for Hadi and Kindi be­fore they de­fend their gold medal and try to write a new chap­ter in Oman’s sail­ing his­tory at the 2020 Asian Cham­pi­onship in March by qual­i­fy­ing for Tokyo Games.

Kindi said, “It was dis­ap­point­ing not to com­pete on the fi­nal day. But we were able to fine­tune our prepa­ra­tions ahead of the worlds. We hope for a strong out­ing at the worlds.”

Musab al Hadi and Waleed al Kindi com­pete at the 20202 Ocea­nia Cham­pi­onship in Gee­long, Aus­tralia, on Sun­day

Musab al Hadi

Waleed al Kindi

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