Bahrain’s national karate team recently achieved impressive results in the Fifth World Shotokan Championships in Kosovo, where they took 12 medals in total including four gold, two silver and six bronze. The Fifth World Shotokan Championships was held from April 4-6 in Kosovo’s capital Prishtina, with the participation of 1400 athletes from 36 countries in Shobu Ippon and WKF kumite categories.
Bahrain gold medals were won by Salem Ali Juma (men’s under-65kg), Maher Al Sanjar (men’s under-56kg), Sami Ali Juma (men’s under-61kg) and Rahma Al Abbassi (women’s under-65kg). They were given a warm welcome on arrival by Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) board member Shaikha Hayat bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa, in the presence of BOC association affairs executive director Jehad Khalfan, Administration Affairs executive director Khalifa Salmeen, association affairs specialist Sameer Abdulqader and Bahrain Martial Arts Association board members.
Shaikha Hayat congratulated Bahrain Martial Arts Association and its president Shaikh Mohammed bin Salman Al Khalifa on this achievement, which underlines the development of karate in the Kingdom and the promising young talent and distinguished team’s management. She further added that winning 12 medals amongst many participants from all over the world is clear evidence of the Bahraini athletes in terms of high individual skills and abilities, and wished them further progress. Shaikha Hayat added that the team should build on this success, and motivate them to achieve more impressive great results in future championships organised on the continental and global levels.