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Flag Football World Championship Countdown: Kuwait Makes World Debut

2012-08-13 19:36
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In July, American Samoa was a first time entrant at the 2012 Under-19 World Championship and both Austria and Panama qualified to make their debut on the world stage. Similarly Canada joined the fray recently at both the men and women's senior championship levels, winning a silver medal on both occasions.

But the record for the shortest amount of time between securing full membership of IFAF and then fielding a team at an IFAF tournament will soon belong to Kuwait. Only 42 days after delegates at the 2012 IFAF Congress voted to welcome them into the international American football family, the sovereign Arab state will debut at the 2012 IFAF Flag Football World Championship  in Sweden this week.

Kuwait

In addition to having one eye on taking a medal home to Kuwait, there is already a mood of competitiveness within the traveling squad. A total of 22 players are making the 5,000-mile round trip to Gothenburg, but only 12 will line up to represent their country.

"Our final roster is being kept secret until we reach Gothenburg to ensure that the guys stay competitive," explained Mr. Mishaal Al Sabah. "The KGFF board asked the technical committee headed by Mr. Madi Al-Mutairy to concentrate on choosing younger players with a handful of older, more experienced players."

That experience is relative. The Kuwait players were only introduced to the flag football discipline three weeks ago having previously played tackle American football. The technical committee consisting of coaches Khaled Buzubar and Sultan Al-Hazaa along with contact football Head Coach and flag football team technical supervisor Paul Williams chose the most talented young skill players from the local clubs to head to Sweden. Mr Khaled Al-Sayar, the head of the federation's officiating committee was tasked with teaching them the rules of the non-contact version of the game in a short space of time.

Spearheading the Kuwait quest to make an impression at the 2012 IFAF Flag Football World Championship are: Staff Members: Mishaal Al-Sabah, Saud Saif AlDosari, Khalid Buzabar, Khalid Alsayyar, Sultan Alhazza, Mubarak Alharbi, Paul Williams. Players: Anwar Mohammad, Suliman Almasri, Abdulrahman Alabdulrahman, Saad Alsayar, Faisal Alkhazel, Saud Alsaleh, Ibrahim Alsaba, Ahmad Alfadhli, Sulaiman Alshaijy, Mohammad Alfailakawai, Bader Mohammad,,Mohammad Almnayes, Naser Alali, Saud Alhenidi, Yuosef Mubarak, Ali Alsayegh, Dhari Aldhafiri, Bader Alsaeed, Hamad Hassan, Ahmad Alrebian, Mohammad Alshareeda, Torki Altorki

Kuwait opens its first IFAF tournament against Austria at 9.30am on Thursday, August 16 then faces Japan, Denmark, Italy, Norway, Panama and Korea during two days of group play before the medal and placement rounds on August 18 and 19.

Skribent: Mikael Roos

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