Deputised by the Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport (SCYS) and President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the First Deputy Chairman of the SCYS Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa attended the opening ceremony of the 5th Bahrain Open Taekwondo Championship, held at the Bahrain Table Tennis Association (BTTA)’s Sports Hall in Isa Town, in the presence of BOC’s Secretary-General Shaikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al Khalifa and CEO Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, as well as the President of the Bahrain Self-Defence Federation Shaikh Mohammed bin Salman Al Khalifa and a number of key personalities.
At the beginning of the ceremony, the National Anthem was played, some Holy Quran verses were recited and then the participating teams were presented.
Then, Director of the championship and Chairman of the Technical Committee at the Bahrain Self-Defence Federation Khalid Al-Hassan delivered a statement in which he asserted that the Bahrain Open Taekwondo Championship has been appreciated by the participating countries and Arab and Asian taekwondo federations, adding that it has been approved and included on the calendar of the World Taekwondo Federation as a G1 Level international tournament for the third year in a row.
After that, Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa announced the official opening of the championship in which over 350 athletes from 17 GCC, Arab and foreign countries are taking part.
On the occasion, Shaikh Khalid commended the outstanding efforts exerted by the officials in charge of the taekwondo game in Bahrain, affirming that the continuous success of the Bahrain Open Taekwondo Championship reflects the Bahrain Self-Defence Federation’s keenness to upgrade the technical and organizational level of the event.
He also pointed out that the great number of participants, especially from East Europe, Arab and GCC countries, denotes the confidence in Bahrain’s organizational abilities.
He also lauded Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa’s patronage of the championship, adding that his directives focus on supporting all sports associations in the kingdom.
On his part, the Secretary-General of the West Asia Taekwondo Federation and General Secretary of the Asian Taekwondo Federation Kia Bahri said that the Bahrain Open Taekwondo Championship has become of the most important competitions for Arab, Asian and foreign teams, which, he added, is reflected in the great number of top international athletes in the current editions, especially those holding Olympic and international titles.
He also praised the success of the organizational level of the tournament so far, noting that Bahrain’s organizational experience has been enhanced thanks to distinguished Bahraini cadres, which, he said, entitles it to host various international championship.