Jakarta. As Bahrain prepares to participate in the Asian Games, its ambassador to Indonesia touched on the way sport brings people together, saying his country is looking for both good interactions and results during this year's multisport event.
"In Bahrain, we like to use sports as a means to get closer with our brothers and sisters from other cultures and countries," Ambassador Mohamed Ghassan Sheikho said during an event in Jakarta on Tuesday (24/07).
Bahrain was crowned the overall champion with 35 medals – 20 gold, 12 silver and three bronze – at the West Asian Athletics Championships in Amman, Jordan, in June. The competition included athletes from 12 countries in the region, including Kuwait, Qatar and Jordan.
The ambassador said most of the athletes who participated in the championships will be coming to Indonesia next month to participate in the Asian Games.
"We are looking forward to a very fruitful participation in the Asian Games," Sheikho said.
Bahrain's success in sports, according to Shaikho, stems from his country's efforts to always take care of its athletes.
He said this includes proper nutrition, adequate rest and balanced training, which help athletes perform better in their respective disciplines.
"The more you take care of the athletes, the more they will take care of [the country]," Sheikho said.
Sport has been a distinct aspect of relations between Indonesia and Bahrain. This is illustrated by the Gulf state's participation, along with Indonesia, North Korea and Uzbekistan, in the 2018 PSSI Anniversary Cup in Bogor, West Java, between April 27 and May 3. The under-23 championship was held commemorate the 88th anniversary of the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI).
Bahrain also organized the 12th edition of the Brave Combat Federation Championship in Jakarta in the same month. The international mixed martial arts competition was initiated by Bahrain's Prince Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa and is supported by his government.
Bahrain will participate in several sporting disciplines at the Asian Games, including volleyball, martial arts, football and cycling.