Bahrain’s Olympians count the days down to the start of the much-anticipated Tokyo Olympic Games | THE DAILY TRIBUNE | KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN

Bahrain’s Olympians count the days down to the start of the much-anticipated Tokyo Olympic Games

TDT | Manama

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The start of the Tokyo Olympic Games is just two days away, and the Bahrain delegation competing at the Japanese capital is in the final stages of their preparations for the world’s biggest global sporting showcase.

While the Kingdom’s men’s national handball team and boxer Danis Latypov have already reached Tokyo, swimmers Abdulla Isa and Noor Yusuf Taha along with shooter Maryam Hassani have also already departed for the Japanese capital.

Bahrain’s athletics team members are scheduled to arrive there on different dates as they travel from their respective training camps around the world.

The Olympics get officially underway with the Opening Ceremony scheduled to be held on Friday at 2 pm, Bahrain time.

National handball team captain Hussain Al Sayyad will be the flag-bearer for Bahrain, who is expected to be one of over 200 national delegations taking part at the Parade of Nations.

 

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Following the inauguration formalities, some of Bahrain’s Olympians will get directly into action the following day.

The handball squad will be taking on Sweden in their first match on Saturday at Tokyo’s Yoyogi National Gymnasium, while Latypov will fight in the Round of 32 of the Men’s Super Heavyweight (+91kg) division, to be held at the Kokugikan arena.

Also, Maryam will compete in Qualifying of the Women’s Skeet event at the Asaka Shooting Range. Bahrain’s other Olympic athletes will only be in action a few days later. Swimmers Abdulla and Noor are set to take to the pool at Tokyo’s Olympic Aquatics Centre on July 29 and 30, respectively; while the Kingdom’s track and field stars begin their hunt for medals in the athletics events from July 30.

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Tokyo marks Bahrain’s 10th participation in the Summer Olympics. Bahrain has won three Olympic medals in the past, including two gold and one silver. The gold medals were claimed by Maryam Yusuf Jamal at the London Olympics in 2012 for the Women’s 1,5000m and Ruth Jebet at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 for the Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase.

That same year, Eunice Kirwa claimed the Women’s Marathon silver medal.

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Tokyo marks Bahrain’s 10th participation in the Summer Olympics. Bahrain has won three Olympic medals in the past, including two gold and one silver. The gold medals were claimed by Maryam Yusuf Jamal at the London Olympics in 2012 for the Women’s 1,5000m and Ruth Jebet at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 for the Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase.

That same year, Eunice Kirwa claimed the Women’s Marathon silver medal.