Kuwait- The Qatari national teams began arriving in Kuwait to participate in the third GCC Games to begin in Kuwait on Monday.
The Qatar national shooting team arrived in Kuwait on Saturday ahead of their competitions to get underway on Monday at Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Shooting Complex.
Qatar's athletics and basketball also arrived in Kuwait.
The GCC Games will see competitions in athletics and six other disciplines start well ahead of the opening ceremony, which is scheduled for May 22. The opening ceremony will be held at the Rafael Nadal Academy in the Sheikh Jaber Al Abdullah International Tennis Complex.
More than 2000 athletes will compete in a total of 17 disciplines across 12 venues during the Games. The disciplines are: athletics, 3x3 basketball, basketball, cycling (road), e-sports, fencing, futsal, handball, ice hockey, judo, karate, padel, shooting, swimming, tennis, table tennis and volleyball.
Qatar’s volleyball, handball and athletics teams as well as the nation’s talented stars in individual sports including paddler Abdul Wahab, fencer Haya Diab and Tokyo Olympics rower Tala Abujbara who will compete in cycling will be targeting podium finishes.
The first two editions of the GCC Games were held in Bahrain (2011) and Saudi Arabia (2015).
The 2022 edition has many firsts associated with it. It will be the first time women athletes will take part in the Games. Three new disciplines have been added to this year’s event – men’s and women’s table tennis, women’s 3x3 basketball and women’s futsal. Also featuring in the Games for the first time will be women’s competitions in e-sports, athletics and cycling.