KUWAIT: Saudi women fencers have their eyes set on international success after claiming gold and bronze medals in the teams’ events at the sixth Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Women’s Games in Kuwait.
The women’s team finished the competition with a gold in the team sabre fencing and a bronze in the epee fencing. Fencers Hasna Al-Hammad, Ruba Al-Masri, Sheikha Al-Dosari and Fawzia Al-Dosari competed in the sabre category, while Nada Abed, Areej Abed, Fawzia Al-Khibari and Mashael Al-Khayal took part in the epee category.
Al-Hammad also won a medal in the sabre category for singles at the launch of the tournament, with the Saudi fencing team finishing third in the foil contest.
Princess Nouf bint Khalid, head of the Saudi delegation to the games, said that the Saudi fencing team “hopes to raise the Saudi flag in all international, regional and continental forums.”
In the basketball competition, the Saudi women’s team were defeated 62-33 by Bahrain.
Meanwhile, the Saudi bowling women’s team finished its competition in fifth place.
Mashael Al-Abdulwahid claimed 14th place among 20 players during the 18-game competition, beating rival bowlers from Oman, the UAE and Kuwait.
Her teammates Ghada Nimr, Hadeel Termin and Amani Al-Ghamdi finished 15th, 17th and 20th, respectively.