Bahrain edge Iran

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Jakarta, Aug. 20 (BNA): Bahrain boosted their hopes of reaching the semi-finals in the handball championship after today’s 29-23 victory over Iran at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang.

Despite losing key players Hussain Al Sayyad and Hasan Madan, who were dismissed with the red card in the first half, the Bahrainis showed high spirit and determination to win the match full points as they kicked started the second round of the competition.

Playing at GOR PopkiCibubur sports hall, Bahrain started the game well and took a 16-13 lead at half-time thanks to excellent saves from goalkeeper Mohammed Abdulhussain and successfully-executedcounter attacks led by Ali Abdulqader, Mohammed Habib, Al Samahiji and Bilal Basham.

The team was congratulated after the match by Bahrain ambassador to Indonesia Dr Mohammed Ghassan and Supreme Council for Youth and Sports assistant secretary general and Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) secretary general Abdulrahman Askar.

Askar asserted the quality of players Bahrain has introduced this year at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, in an attempt to achieve the best possible results and fulfil the ‘Gold Only’ year slogan launched by Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, representative of His Majesty the King for Charity Works and Youth Affairs, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman, and Bahrain Olympic Committee President.

“We are fully confident that our athletes will spare no effort to make this edition of the games a very remarkable one and we wish them the very best of luck to achieve what they have come here for,” said Askar.