RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, – Kuwait’s Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs, Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah, said, late Tuesday night, Kuwait seeks closer ties with all other nations, particularly in the youth and sports fields.

Speaking to KUNA upon his arrival at Rio de Janeiro International Airport, to attend the opening ceremony of Rio 2016 Paralympics on Wednesday, Sheikh Salman said, a six-member squad from Kuwait Disabled Sport Club (KDSC), are taking part in this event to be held on Sept 7-18.

“My presence here, alongside with the Kuwaiti sports mission, is a token of appreciation of the Amir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and the Kuwaiti people and government, for the Brazilian people and government,” he said.

“We seek to maintain close ties and cooperation with all friendly countries that host international sports events,” Sheikh Salman pointed out.

On the preparations for the championship, he said, the KDSC has held an 18-day training camp in Izmit city, north Turkey, recently, with a view to enhancing the competitive edge of its squad, during the competitions of this event.

“Kuwait, represented in the Public Authority for Sports, spares no effort in offering all possible material and moral backing, for athletes and sportspeople, to achieve the best results,” he affirmed. Sheikh Salman recalled the outstanding achievements of Kuwaiti athletes who won gold, silver and bronze medals at the Rio 2016 Olympics, held between Aug 5 and 21.

He expressed his best wishes for the six Kuwaiti competitors, namely Mohammad Al-Odwani, Ahmad Naqa, Nasser Saleh, Mohammad Mejbel, Abdullah Al-Saif, and Atef Al-Dousary.

He was received at the airport by Kuwait Ambassador to Brazil, Ayada Al-Sa’eedi and Second Secretary of the Embassy, Bashar Al-Dowysan.

On a similar note, the Honorary Chairperson of KDSC, Sheikha Sheikha Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah, affirmed that the Kuwaiti squad members are well-prepared for the event, citing their performance in the recent training camp in Izmit.

“Several members of the Kuwaiti squad, males and females, are qualified to take the podium, since they were medalists in previous championships,” she said in statements to KUNA.

The KDSC delegation to the event arrived here from Izmit last Thursday, led by the Club’s board member, Anwar Al-Metawa’.

The Paralympic games gathered nearly 1,000 disabled athletes from various countries of the world.

Source: Nam News Network