Al-Azani in Bright Colors in the International Wrestling Championship [Archives:2000/16/Sports]

April 17 2000

The International Wrestling Championship, hosted by Syria, was kicked off last Tuesday. The participating teams are from Yemen, Algeria, Cyprus, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia as well as Syria.
Abdullah Al-Azani, the Yemeni feather-weight champion boxer, has put up an exciting performance in the 54 kg category held in Tashrin, Syria. He defeated his Iranian opponent, Mahdi Manawifi, with 6 to 5 points. He also defeated his Syrian opponent, Tarek Abdul Baki, though he was defeated by the Syrian Champion Abdul Aziz Al-Sabaghi. He has also got a walk-over against the Algerian, Sa’adi Al-Mahmadi, as the latter could not participate due to a shoulder injury.
In the 58 kg category, the Yemeni wrestler Abdullah Al-Hakim performed well and won a match against his Syrian opponent, Samir Fatan. However, he was defeated by the Algerian Saidoon Abdul Haq.
In the 69 kg category, the Yemeni wrestler Mohammed Al-Kailami suffered defeats in his bouts with the Lebanese wrestler Rabia Al-Mawli and with Ali Mahdian, an Iranian wrestler .