Sports news in 2013


Hussain Al Jabri poses with the cup after winning the Sail the Gulf regatta. Photo – Supplied

Oman Sports Exhibition kicks off
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The first edition of Oman Sports Exhibition and Conference kicked off at the Oman International Exhibition Centre on 3 February 2013. Sultan bin Salim Al Habsi, secretary-general of the Supreme Council for Planning, inaugurated the three-day event organised by Global Exhibitions and Conferences (GEC) in partnership with the Ministry of Sport Affairs (MoSA).
 
Sailing  
Hussain Al Jabri strikes gold at Sail the Gulf regatta
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Oman's young Laser sailor Hussain Al Jabri left for Qatar's prestigious Sail the Gulf regatta in the month of February with no expectations other than to develop and test his skills against an international fleet; however, he returned home 23 February, 2013 as a champion after winning his class.

Oman teams strike double gold at GCC Sailing Championships
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Musannah's sea breeze filled in at midday with a perfect 10-12 knots, ideal conditions for the grand finale of the GCC Sailing Championships. Whilst 30 March, 2013 marked the end of the fleet racing, it was the first time that Oman's Optimist Team Racing has featured in this event, and the young sailors took to this mentally and physically challenging form of racing well, with Oman showing particular skill and taking first place. Oman took gold in the Optimist and Hobie fleet, and silver in the Laser Standard, whilst Qatar claimed gold in the Standard, Radial and 4.7 class.

The Wave rules the waves
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Oman Sail's The Wave, Muscat was crowned 2013 Extreme Sailing Series Champion for second year on trot and crew member Musab Al Hadi said it was a gift for the nation on its glorious National Day

Oman sailing sensation Raya Al Habsi makes debut at Artemis Challenge

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Oman's sailing star Raya Al Habsi became the first Omani woman to take part in the Rolex Fastnet Race when she made her historic debut as part of the elite team on board the national flagship Oman Air-Musandam in the Artemis Challenge in Cowes week.

ASAF gala hosted by Oman
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Asian Sailing Federation (ASAF) took historic steps in their AGM held in Oman on the sidelines of the ISAF Conference, which is underway at the Shangri La Barr Al Jissah Resort.At the onset, Dr Malav Shroff was unanimously elected the President of Asian Sailing Federation and Park Soon-Ho would now assume the position of honorary president as per the ASAF constitution. 

ISAF chief Carlo Croce addresses ASAF officials. Photo – Supplied

Omani trio looking foward to world sailing championships
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Oman's only world ranked Laser sailor Hussain Al Jabri and two fellow Omani teammates will take pride of place in the crack 126-boat fleet when the 2013 Laser Standard Men's World Championships, organised by the Ministry of Sports Affairs and Oman Sail, gets underway here on November 16.

Tennis

Omani tennis prodigy bags doubles crown in Lagos
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Omani sensation Fatma Al Nabhani clinched the doubles title in the company of Italian partner Gioia Barbier at the $25,000 ITF Pro Circuit Tournament in Lagos on 25 October.

Islamic Solidarity Games

Three cheers for Fatma

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Winning three back to back titles in September, including a gold medal at the prestigious Islamic Solidarity Games in Indonesia, has boosted Omani tennis sensation Fatma Al Nabhani's confidence, and the 22-year-old star tells T A Ameerudheen that the victories encourage her clinch more  championships in the coming months

Oman opens account at Islamic Games
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While Oman's ace sprinter Barakat Al Harthi claimed silver in the 100m final, Raghad Nabil Ghazi Al Zubaidi captured bronze medal in the discus event.

Golden day for Oman
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Omani spikers shone brightly on the sand to occupy two places on the podium. In the gold medal match, Oman B team of Hassan Al Balushi and Badr Al Subhi, despite an injury suffered by the latter, simply brushed aside the challenge of Indonesian pair Ade Candre Rachmewar and Koko Prasetyo Darkuncoro for a 21-17, 21-12 straight sets victory.In the battle for the bronze, Oman A team, comprising Haitham Al Shuraiqi and Ahmed Al Hosni overcame another local squad, Fahr Iansyah and Muhammad Bastomi 21-16, 12-21, 15-7. Omani women relay team of Shnoona Al Habsi, Buthaina Al Yaqoobi, Mazoon Al Alawi and Hiba Al Asmi tasted double success bagging bonze in both 4x100m and 4x400m

Oman juniors return home with seven-medal haul
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The Omani athletes grabbed two bronze medals on the final day of the West Asian Junior Athletcs Championships in Jordanian capital of Amman on 26 October, 2013.

Golf

Come October, NBO is all geared up to host Golf Classic
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The National Bank of Oman (NBO) is all set to host the European Challenge Tour for the first time in GCC at Almouj Golf from October 24-27.

MENA Tour set to tee off at Ghala Valley today
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Oman hosted the MENA Golf Tour for the first time when it started off at the Ghala Valley Open on 3 November, 2013. Supported by the Oman Golf Committee, the $50,000 event provided both professionals and amateurs one last chance to consolidate their positions in their respective Orders of Merit before the next week's season-ending MENA Championship, which saw the top 40 professionals and the top 15 amateurs contest for honours

Oman juniors finish second
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Playing for only two days—as opposed to the adults, who played for a full three days — the Omani team secured second place overall, keeping their cool, staying ahead of the other teams, and keeping the eventual leaders, the UAE, under pressure

Swimming

Oman add two golds on final day of 23rd GCC Swimming Championships
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Oman hosts 23rd GCC Swimming and Diving Championships and wins 41 medals to finish third overall

Motorsport

Al Harthy sets sight on maiden podium finish
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Sport scar driver Ahmad Al Harthy returns to action with the Oman Air Motorbase team in the Avon Tyres British GT championship  at Rockingham in Northamptonshire.  Taking place over the UK May Day holiday May 5 and May 6, the second British GT event of the year will see the 31-year-old Omani vying for the first podium of his maiden season in the endurance competition.
 
Oman Air's Al Harthy and Caine on cloud nine
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Supported by scores of guests from his home city of Muscat, Ahmad not only celebrated another win but did so off the back of earlier claiming his first British GT pole position in a rain-hit session. The result has also provisionally hoisted the pairing into the top three of the driver standings, within a mere four points of the championship lead.

Car rally contest to support safety
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With the objective of "giving back to the nation" and "sharing experience with the younger generation", international rally champion Hamed Al Wahaibi launched the Oman Youth Rally Cup (OYRC)
Handball

Oman book World Cup berth
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Oman team qualify for the World Beach Handball Championship with a silver-winning performance in the Asian championship in Hong Kong

Basketball

Oman cagers clinch third place
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Oman boys outplay Qatar to clinch third place at the GCC Under-15 Basketball Championship in Bahrain

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