The first appearance by Saudi Arabian women at a Special Olympics World Games was marked by glory today as the country’s female basketball team struck gold at Abu Dhabi 2019.
A 16-11 win over Ivory Coast at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre saw Saudi Arabia finish top of the unified female PLYRD02 standings.
Ivory Coast had to settle for silver, while Kuwait took bronze.
The final day of competition in the United Arab Emirates' capital also saw Saudi Arabian success in powerlifting.
Hassan Alhadhariti received medals having won gold in the squat, deadlift, and combined squat, bench press and deadlift events.
The 23-year-old added silver in the bench press competition on a memorable day for him on Saturday (March 16).
.@HHShkMohd and @HHMansoor presented @saudiarabiaso athlete Hassan Alhadhariti with his Gold medal 🥇 for Powerlifting at @ADNECGroup on the final day of @WorldGamesAD. #MeetTheDetermined pic.twitter.com/N4QDHA5S0R— Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 (@WorldGamesAD) March 20, 2019
The Closing Ceremony of the 2019 Special Olympics World Games is due to be held tomorrow at Zayed Sports City.
Among the stars set to take to the stage are Keala Settle and Nicole Scherzinger.
The event will also feature the world premiere of the music video for the official song of the 2019 Special Olympics World Games, "Right Where I’m Supposed To Be".
It will bring an end to six days of sporting competition.