Iraq ends up in third place

Bahrain wins first Arab Junior Handball Championship in Najaf

NAJAF – Bahrain won the first Arab Junior Handball Championship on Tuesday evening at Al-Salam Hall in Najaf, defeating Saudi Arabia 30-28 in the final. The tournament, featuring five teams, saw Saudi Arabia finish as runner-up, Iraq in third place, Syria in fourth, and Jordan in last place.

Iraq secured third place by narrowly defeating Syria 28-27. Fadel Al-Nimr, President of the Arab Handball Federation, expressed gratitude to all parties involved in hosting the event, including Najaf Governor Yusuf Kanawi. He highlighted Iraq’s successful hosting of the championship as a significant achievement after many years, noting this was the first championship for the junior category.

Al-Nimr stated that holding the tournament in Najaf aimed to assist countries facing difficulties traveling long distances. He mentioned Syria’s participation for the first time after an eight-year hiatus, although Palestinian and Lebanese teams could not attend due to unspecified circumstances.

Ahmed Riyadh, President of the Iraqi Handball Federation, praised the championship’s high-level organization and significant fan attendance, despite coinciding with the month of Muharram. He emphasized efforts to develop the age groups of Iraqi national teams and acknowledged the players and coaching staff’s efforts, noting the third-place finish, while short of their ambition for first or second place, still reflected their hard work and dedication.

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