Hassan Al-Sheikh impresses on first day of bowling World Championship in Las Vegas

Hassan Al-Sheikh was in good form on day one in Las Vegas. (SBF)
Updated 07 November 2018
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Hassan Al-Sheikh impresses on first day of bowling World Championship in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS: Hassan Al-Sheikh, a member of the Saudi Arabia national bowling team, finished 31st out of 68 participants from around the world on the first day of the 54th World Single Championship taking place in the US city of Las Vegas.
He scored a total of 1,417 points across the eight of the 24 games each contestant has to play in the preliminary rounds that qualify the best 24 participants to the final rounds.
Mohammed Janahi, coach of the Saudi national bowling team, said that the tournament was only open to the very best across the globe and that the presence of Hassan Al-Sheikh among them confirmed the Saudi athlete’s arrival on the world stage.
Janahi said: “Al-Sheikh’s performance during his first two games was remarkable and went according to what was planned. We plan on advancing progressively, since each stage of the competition includes eight games. This puts a lot of pressure on the player and requires a great effort. Our chances of qualification are big, and Al-Sheikh has the qualities that will help him reach the final rounds.”


FIFA claims progress in letting women attend games in Iran

Updated 18 July 2019
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FIFA claims progress in letting women attend games in Iran

  • Iran will host their first World Cup qualifier in October
  • FIFA wants the issue of women attending men’s games to be resolved before the game

ZURICH: FIFA says Iran’s football federation supports letting women attend 2022 World Cup qualifying games of its men’s national team, though government approval is still needed.
FIFA is working with Iranian authorities to overcome a ban on women entering stadiums for men’s games since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Some women were allowed to watch the Asian Champions League final in Tehran last November when FIFA President Gianni Infantino also attended.
FIFA wants the issue resolved before Oct. 10 when Iran — the top-ranked team in Asia — hosts its first home World Cup qualifier against Cambodia. The next is March 26 against Hong Kong.
Football’s world body says Iran federation president Mehdi Taj has replied to Infantino saying “the matter has been taken up directly with the minister of sports and youth.”