Saudi Arabia women's team out to use bowling championship debut as springboard to success

The Saudi women's team came fifth in their Arab Championship debut in Cairo. (Supplied)
Updated 21 February 2019
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Saudi Arabia women's team out to use bowling championship debut as springboard to success

  • Bowlers determined to use experience as a positive.
  • “It was an amazing experience" declares Mashael Abdulwahid.

LONDON: The Saudi Arabia women’s team have vowed they will only get better after their first appearance at the Arab Bowling Championship.

The team of four finished in seventh spot in the team event but are hopeful that the experience could prove to be a springboard to future success and greater participation of Saudi women.

The competition was won by the hosts Egypt, with Oman claiming silver and Bahrain the bronze. But even though they ended their first participation in the tournament out of medal contention, the team were happy with how it went and hopeful for the future. 

“It was an amazing experience everyone was very supportive,” Mashael Abdulwahid, who has been playing since her childhood, said.

“I was overwhelmed on the first day because of the attendance of many high officials and many professional athletes. it was the first time to be in such an atmosphere but I got over it now. 

“I learned a lot and will work on my mistakes to make it better next time.” 

Dana Alfaraj, the youngest team member said they did not know how good the other competitors were. 

“We are happy we got this chance and happy the Saudi federation is very supportive. We will work hard to make our country proud, it’s a huge responsibility and we are up to it,” she said. 


Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria in Argentina's Copa America squad

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Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria in Argentina's Copa America squad

BUENOS AIRES: Argentina included Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria in its Copa America squad, while Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi was left out.
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni announced his list Tuesday, with the attacking trio of Messi, Di Maria and Aguero looking for their first major international title after losing three finals — at the 2014 World Cup and 2015 and 2016 Copa America.
Argentina is in Group B with Colombia, Paraguay and Qatar. Its first match will be against Colombia on June 15 in Salvador.

Squad:
Goalkeepers: Esteban Andrada (Boca Juniors), Franco Armani (River Plate), Agustin Marchesin (America de Mexico).
Defenders: Renzo Saravia (Racing), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Juan Foyth (Tottenham), German Pezzella (Fiorentina), Ramiro Funes Mori (Villarreal), Milton Casco (River Plate), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon).
Midfielders: Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese), Leandro Paredes, Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain), Roberto Pereyra (Watford), Giovani Lo Celso (Real Betis), Guido Rodriguez, Exequiel Palacios (River Plate).
Strikers: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Matias Suarez (River Plate), Lautaro Martínez (Inter Milan).