16 teams to vie for Youm Al-Watani Cup 2014

Sixteen teams will vie for the coveted Youm Al-Watani Cup 2014. It will kick off here on Oct. 17.

16 teams to vie for Youm Al-Watani Cup 2014



Mohammed Kaleem






RIYADH — Sixteen teams will vie for the coveted Youm Al-Watani Cup 2014. It will kick off here on Oct. 17.



A curtain raiser for the tape-ball tournament, organized by G.K. International Indian Sports Club, was held at Hilton Garden Inn Riyadh Olaya recently.



The meeting divided the teams into two groups, while the colors were awarded to the sides through a draw. Four new teams have joined the 16-over-a-side event this year.



The teams are named after different regions of the Kingdom. They are: Riyadh Riders, Jeddah Jockeys, Dammam Fighters, Abha Avians, Tabuk Titans, Arab Royals, Saudi Stallions, Yanbu Warriors, Gizan Gladiators, Jubail Jaguars, Hail Heroes and  Najran Jewels. The four new teams are: Khobar Knights, Saudi Gems, Najd Najams and Taif Tigers. All the 16 teams were grouped into two groups, A&B.



Dr. Othman Al-Maena, Vice President of Saudi Sports Federation and chief guest on the occasion, unveiled the winner’s trophy. Gen. Suliman Al-Othameen, who presided over the function, unveiled the runner-up trophy. Dr. Al-Maena greeted the gathering on the national day and urged the club to take the Youm Al-Watani Cup to national and then the international stage.



Gen. Suleiman advised the players to play the game in its true spirit and in all fairness. He said the real objective of the tournament, besides celebrating the national day, should be to build team spirit and healthy way of life.



GKIISC honored senior RCA members Nasir Khan and Mohammed Razi Mohiuddin for their services to the game. Dr. Al-Maena presented them with plaques on behalf of the organizers. Gen. Suliman unveiled the official tracksuit of the G.K. Club.

The meeting was attended by a large number of players, executive members and members of the club.



Earlier, Mohammed Kaleem, general secretary of the club, welcomed the gathering. Dr. Gayas Ahmed, president of the club, presented the history of Saudi-Indian relations. Feroz Khan, executive member, praised Saudi Arabia’s contribution to the world.