Bahrain 2021 Asian Youth Para Games closes
TDT | Manama
The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
The curtain came down on the Bahrain 2021 Asian Youth Para Games Monday night with a closing ceremony.
Twenty-nine countries, featuring around 750 athletes, competed in the six-day event, which was held at various locations including the Isa Sports.
City, Khalifa Sports City and Alba Club.
The Games witnessed great support from His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister.
It was patronised by His Majesty the King’s humanitarian works and youth affairs representative and Supreme Council for Youth and Sports (SCYS) chairman His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, with the follow-up of SCYS first deputy chairman, General Sports Authority president and Bahrain Olympic Committee chief His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
Among those in attendance at the closing ceremony was Bahrain Paralympic Committee chairman Shaikh Mohammed bin Daij Al Khalifa and Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) President Majid Rashed, who declared the event a success.
Speaking ahead of the closing ceremony, Rashed said: “Arranging these Games amid the pandemic has been difficult, but the Bahrain Paralympic Committee has risen to the challenge.
We thank them for all their hard work in making these Games such a success.
“We’ve had over 700 young athletes from 30 countries here, over 550 medals have been handed out and there have been thousands of smiles every day.
“Maldives and Bhutan have competed in their first-ever youth games and Nepal, Cambodia, Yemen, Bhutan and Tajikistan have won their first-ever medals.
We’ve seen some amazing performances that give us hope that the future of para-sport in Asia is bright.”
On the final day of the competition, Iran’s Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team beat Iraq 117- 18 with Thailand claiming bronze after defeating Saudi Arabia 84- 18.
Iran’s men were also victorious in Goalball after defeating Thailand in a tight match 4-3, Korea claimed the bronze medal after a convincing win over Iraq 10-0.
Thailand’s women got revenge though as they beat Iran 7-6 to secure the Gold medal.
When the final medals were tallied, 25 countries had won medals and Iran topped the medal table with 122 total medals, including 44 gold.
Thailand followed with 75 medals, 33 of which were gold, and Japan was third on 55 medals, 30 of which were gold.
Bahrain came away with eight medals in all, including three gold, to finish 14th on the final medal table, which was first among all GCC countries.