Salalah, Oman, August 24, 2019 – Omanis Ahmed al Hosni and Haitham al Shuralqi stamped their domination over the 28th Arab Men’s Beach Volleyball Championship between August 20 and 24 as Bahrain made a one-two finish in the inaugural edition of the Arab Youth Beach Volleyball Championship held alongside the Men’s event on Friday.

The Oman A’s duo defeated Qataris Zeyad al Waer and Saifadin al Majeed 2-0 in the final clash to stretch Oman’s invincibility to two in a row at the championship. Nouh al Jalboobi and Mazin al Hashmi had captured the very first gold of Oman at the previous edition in Agadir, Morocco.

At the previous edition, Hosni and Shuraiqi had claimed bronze, but this time, the duo came much strong as they produced an impressive all-round display to retain the title for Oman. The other Oman pair of Jalboobi and Hashmi claimed bronze as the defending champions defeated the Bahraini pair of Ali Marhoon and Mohammed Yaqoub 2-1.

Meanwhile, Bahrain captured the gold and silver medals in the first Arab Youth Beach Volleyball Championship on Friday.

Bahrain B team comprising Mujtaba Hasan Ahakhuri and Sayed Ameen Mustafa were crowned the champions, while their A team of Hassan Nasser and Ali Alaiwi picked up the silver.

Oman’s Majid al Shibli and Mutassim al Harthy bagged the bronze in a tournament that was played on round-robin format involving seven teams from Oman, Bahrain, Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

Mujtaba and Sayed won all six of their matches to finish the competition with a maximum 12 points. Hassan and Ali, won five as they ended the event with 11 points. The Omani duo claimed bronze with ten points from four wins.

Under the supervision of the Arab Volleyball Federation and within the policy to spreading and developing beach volleyball, the Oman Volleyball Association organised the 28th edition of the Arab Men’s Championship and the first Junior Beach Volleyball Championship between August 20 and 24 in Salaam, with the participation of seven countries (Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Lebanon, Palestine and Yemen) represented by 12 teams in men’s category (2 teams apiece from Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Yemen and one team each from Lebanon and Palestine) and 8 teams in junior’s category (2 teams each from Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Yemen).

The tournament matches were enthusiastic, exciting at an outstanding level and an example for sportsmanship and fair competition.

At the end of the competition, the guest of honour of the final matches, Sayyed Khalid bin-Hamad Al Busaidi, Chairman of the Oman Olympic Committee, accompanied by Sheikh Badr bin Ali bin Saeed Al Rawas, Chairman of the Oman Volleyball Association honoured the winning teams and sponsors.

The tournament’s games have figured an outstanding media coverage as Oman Sports Channel has broadcasted all its games live in addition to the extensive and distinctive media coverage from various radio channels, newspapers and social media networks.

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