Two young Omani sailors have made history by both winning medals at the high-profile Asian Laser Championship in Singapore. Laser 4.7 racers Abdulmalik Al Hinai and Al Moatasem Al Farsi each delivered multi-race winning performances at the international regatta on their way to taking silver and bronze medals respectably in what is Oman Sail's most successful regatta to date at this level.
Both youngsters achieved their success racing against talented and competitive sailors from countries including Thailand, China and Hong Kong at Singapore's National Sailing Center from March 2-9, and proudly displayed Oman's national flag on the podium at the prize-giving ceremony.
They were welcomed back home at Muscat International Airport by their parents, coaches and sailing school managers. Mohsin Al Busaidi, who was on-site during the event as Oman Sail's Youth Program Manager, said: "We are delighted to be able to celebrate Abdulmalik and Al Moatasem's success, they both thoroughly deserve it after all the hard work they have put in.
"This is a big day for Abdulmalik, Al Moatasem, Oman Sail and the country as a whole," said Rashid Al Kindi, Oman Sail's national team manager and chairman of the Oman Sailing Committee. "This is our most successful ever result of its kind and a great achievement at this level," he added. "We are very proud of what they have achieved which is a direct result of their hard work and the dedication and commitment of the Oman Sail coaches who have supported them and developed their abilities."