29 Oct 2023
Riyadh - Three Aspire Academy graduates and four student-athletes are returning from the World Combat Games in Saudi Arabia with medals.
The ten-day international multi-sport event in Riyadh, which ends on Monday 30 October, is in its third edition and features a variety of combat sports and martial arts.
All the medals for the Aspire alumni and student-athletes, chosen for the event by the Qatar Fencing Federation, came in fencing as they won gold for Qatar in the men’s team foil event and bronze in the team epee.
Graduate Abdulla Khalifa won bronze in the individual foil before teaming up with fellow alumni Ali Turki and Khalid Aref to clinch the gold medal in the team event.
Earlier this year the trio also won gold for Qatar at the Arab Games in Algeria.
Four of Aspire’s current student-athletes Mohammed Al-Oulan, Meshal Al-Qahatani, Mohammad Abdulali and Mohammed Al-Hazaa teamed up to claim a bronze medal in the men’s team epee.
The games were founded by SportAccord (now known as the Global Association of International Sports Federations) as a way of bringing various martial arts and combative sports to an international audience.
The games are recognised by the International Olympic Committee.