Yemen Wins Gold in Arab Athletics AbdulRahman Has Done It! [Archives:1998/35/Sports]

August 31 1998

No wonder, Yemen won a gold medal in the Arab Athletics Championship held in Damascus, Syria last Thursday. In spite of the bad situation of sports in Yemen, Abdulrahamn Abdulaziz managed to snatch the gold medal in the 10km race.
The 10km race is the most important and competitive among the championship races. It is the only race attended by Mr. Sameeh Modalal, the head of the Syrian Olympic Committee. The other teams did not expect this result considering that the Yemeni team was not well-prepared like other Arab teams. 1st Yemeni Accomplishment in Athletics
Well-trained athletics champions representing 13 Arab countries: Egypt, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Jordan, Algeria, Palestine, Kuwait, Lebanon, Sudan, and Syria took part in the championship. So our Yemeni champ had to compete with many Arab and Asian champs in the 10km race.
However, Abdulaziz Abdulrahman won the second place, and Ahmed Al-Esawi of Tunisia won the third place. The 4 Yemeni players who participated in this championship are: Abdulrahman Abdulaziz in the 10km race, Bashir Al-Khiwani in the 400m race, Fouad Obad in the 10km race, and Afif Al-Hobaishi in the 100m race.
Last Saturday, the Yemeni embassy held a ceremony to honor the Yemeni champ. The event was attended by the Yemeni ambassador to Syria, the minister of Yemeni Supply and Trade and few other diplomats.