Swimming: Oman Swimming Association honours Khalid and Ayman Al Kalibi

Sports Monday 17/September/2018 19:58 PM
By: Times News Service
Swimming: Oman Swimming Association honours Khalid and Ayman Al Kalibi

MUSCAT: The Oman Swimming Association on Monday honoured Omani swimmers Khaled Al Kalibi and Ayman Al Kalibi for their outstanding achievements at the first Asian Swimming Championships held at the end of July in Nagoya, Japan, along with swimmers from 14 Asian countries.
Khaled Al Kalibi won gold medal in the 400 meters freestyle and bronze medal in the 200 meters freestyle while Ayman Al Kalibi won three bronze medals in the 50m, 100m and 200m medley competitions.
The meeting was held in the presence of the chairman and vice-chairman of the Oman Swimming Association and members of the Board of Directors of the Association.
During the meeting, Taha bin Sulaiman Al Kishri, chairman of the Association, congratulated the swimmers on their success.
In his speech, the chairman of the Oman Swimming Association praised the swimmers for their medal achievements and members of the Association for their contribution to the sports and national team for the last 20 years especially in short distance.
He also praised the swimmers for the personal and positive results achieved at the Gulf Open where they have been unrivaled in recent years and even at the Arab and Asian level where they achieved the fourth and fifth places in the championship.
Al Kishri paid tribute to the Board of Directors of the Association and the two outstanding swimmers of the national team, who have contributed to the preparation of the next generation of swimmers. Abdulrahman Al Kalibi, also achieved great results at the Gulf level. They also participated at the recently concluded 2018 Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia, against the likes of world champions from Japan and China, which was essential as part of the preparations for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and Paris in 2024 and Guangzhou 2022.
Khalid Al Kalibi, Asian champion in the 400 meters freestyle thanked the Oman Swimming Association for their kind gesture and support for the last ten years.
Khalid Al Kalibi said his achievements is due to the keenness shown by the Association and support for the swimmers and urged them to achieve greater heights.
The progress that we have gained in various competitions since 2010 by winning at the Gulf level. The four gold medals at the Gulf Beach Games, the second place in the Arab Swimming Championships in Algeria and the third place in the Arab Championships held in Egypt with the completion of the Masters in Japan was a team effort.
Ayman Al Kalibi, who won three bronze medals at Asian Masters in Japan, stressed that the secret to his achievements is the support, encouragement, follow-up and attention given by the Omani Swimming Association.
Al Kalibi remembers many of the achievements not only at the Gulf level but also in West Asia where he came second in the 100m backstroke and then finished sixth at the World Cup in Dubai.