Saudi rowing team makes waves at Asian Indoor Rowing Championship

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Saudi Husein Alireza, right, on the podium of the Asian Indoor Rowing Championship 2019 in Bangkok. (Photo supplied)
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The Saudi rowing team at the Asian Indoor Rowing Championship 2019 in Bangkok. (Photo supplied)
Updated 08 April 2019

Saudi rowing team makes waves at Asian Indoor Rowing Championship

BANGKOK: With his determination, young Saudi rower Husein Alireza made the country proud by scooping up the bronze medal at the Asian Indoor Rowing Championship 2019 that concluded in Bangkok (Thailand) recently.

The annual competition was organized by the Asian Rowing Federation testing strength and endurance of rowers on machines.

Husein Alireza who clinched the third place at the Asian Indoor Rowing championship was representing Saudi Arabia for the second time after achieving the ninth place in the Asian Games last August in Indonesia.

Alireza’s bronze medal is the first international medal Saudi Arabia wins in a rowing competition. It also reflects the great strides he has made in the sport since taking it up during his college years in the United Kingdom.

The Saudi Rowing Federation was established only this year and participated in the competition, led by the Federation’s president Mohammed Hadhrawi.

Husein Alireza’s success is also a reflection of the quick achievement of the Saudi Rowing Federation since its establishment only a few months ago.

Bill Barry, coach of Saudi Arabia rowing team, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Husein Alireza who is a great athlete. To win a bronze medal at the Asian Rowing Championship is a huge step in his sporting career which keeps going from strength to strength.

“Alireza consistently performs well at international competitions and his success at this level shows that his positive approach towards training and preparation is paying off.”

Celebrating success after clinching a bronze medal, Husein Alireza said: “It is an honor to win for my country and I am so proud to win bronze and want to thank my coach and the Saudi Arabia rowing Federation for their support.”


Record-breaking Lukaku propelling Inter’s European dream

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Record-breaking Lukaku propelling Inter’s European dream

  • Inter reach their first European semifinal since 2010 when they went on to win the Champions League

MILAN: A record-breaking Romelu Lukaku is leading Inter Milan's chase for their first trophy in 9 years.

Eyebrows were raised last year when Inter shelled out a club record of around €65 million ($73 million) plus €13 million  ($15 million) in bonuses for Lukaku, who had had a disappointing final season at Manchester United.

However, Lukaku swiftly developed a scintillating partnership with Lautaro Martínez and their goals helped Inter sustain a title challenge before eventually finishing second in Serie A, a point behind Juventus.

Inter scored 81 league goals — well above the paltry 57 they managed in the previous campaign.

Lukaku scored again on Monday and set up another to help Inter beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 to reach the Europa League semifinals.

“Romelu has never played so well, not even in the past,” Inter coach Antonio Conte said.

The Belgian forward became the first player to find the net in nine consecutive Europa League games, surpassing the eight set by Alan Shearer for Newcastle in 2005.

Lukaku’s 31st goal of the season took him past the 30-mark for the first time in his career.

“I’ve always wanted to win, ever since I was little,” Lukaku said. “I’ve always said that I will give my all for this team.

“We’re a great team; my teammates help me a lot, otherwise I couldn’t do these things and achieve these numbers ... my teammates look for me. We’re doing well together, all of us.”

Inter reached their first European semifinal since 2010 when they went on to win the Champions League as well as Serie A and the Italian Cup to complete a historic treble.

They retained the Italian Cup the following year but have not managed to lift silverware since.

The Nerazzurri play Shakhtar Donetsk or Basel in the semifinals on Monday.

After an intense period of playing matches approximately every three days after soccer restarted following the pandemic-enforced shutdown, Conte has almost a week to prepare his players.

He will want to make sure they understand that profligacy can prove costly at this level.

Inter have often failed to kill off games in which they have  dominated, and that was again the case on Monday when they had opportunities to extend their advantage.

That allowed Leverkusen to stay in the quarterfinal despite having only two shots on target.

“We could have gone through in a more relaxed manner because, despite the fact that we never really had to dig in, the result was close,” Conte said.

“It’s difficult to be annoyed. I can only compliment the lads on their performance. As is the case after every game, we’ll analyze every situation and see where we can improve.”