Yemen’s teams to leave to UAE [Archives:2003/647/Local News]

July 3 2003

Gameel Abu al-Aeyham
For the Yemen Times

Preparations are in full swing to host two major sport events at both Arab and regional level for West Asia starting from July in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The first event will be a table tennis tournament, while the second will be a basketball championship.
Daily meetings are being held between Sports Union Chairman and member at the parliament al-Khedr al-Azani, and Chairman of the Basketball Union and Nabil al-Faqih, Chairman of the Table Tennis Union.
The National Tennis Ball Team has been preparing lately to participate in the upcoming championship in UAE.
The basketball team is due to leave after a couple of days to Sharjah, UAE in for training for championship which is to be held on August 8-12.
The Basketball Union has previously organized the 2001 West Asia Championship in Aden.
The team secured then the third place and qualified for the Asian Championship Finals in the State of Kuwait held in December 2002.
The National Juniors Team secured second place in its own tournament during the first phase elimination round for West Asia held in Iran in 2002.
The National Team has been seeking to achieve the first or the second place in order to be qualified for the Asian Championship Finals in 2004.
The National Table Tennis team has also been seeking to achieve the first place at both men and women championship.