The strong representation of Oman teams, eight to be precise, was expected to bring good results at the recently-concluded Qatar International Rally and the Qatar National Rally, which ended in Doha on Saturday.
It was way back in July 2017 that Oman's Ahmad al Harthy reached his pinnacle of his motor sports career when he along with Jonny Adam claimed the coveted Pro-Am title of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup at the historic Total 24 Hours of Spa in Belgium. Oman Racing had also ensured the teams' title in the class that year.
The 2018-19 His Majesty's Cup Football Championship summit clash will be a tussle between former champions. While one will be chasing a record tenth title, the other will be looking to bring back its fourth crown of the prestigious championship.
With a field boasting of more than 25 players in top-100 men's world ranking, the Seamaster 2019 ITTF Challenge Plus Oman Open, starting at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex from Wednesday, is expected to provide a learning experience for the local paddlers, according to one of Oman’s most experienced player, Asad al Raisi.
He is known to be the backbone of Oman beach soccer's success over the years. Talib Hilal, the national team coach, yet again, brought glory for the sultanate as Oman edged past Palestine 2-1 on penalties following a 2-2 draw to finish third in the AFC Beach Soccer Championship in Pattaya, Thailand, on Sunday.
Fanja, a club that has won a record nine titles of the prestigious His Majesty's Cup Football Championship, seems to be reserve its best for this tournament.
The narrow 2-3 semifinal loss to the UAE on Friday did hurt Oman coach Talib Hilal and his boys a lot. However, the experienced coach is confident that his boys will make a comeback and secure a place at this year's FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Paraguay with a win over Palestine in the third-place playoff match of the AFC Beach Soccer Championship on Sunday. The match kicks off at 2pm, Oman time.
Germany's Thomas Weikert, the president of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), will be attending the forthcoming 2019 ITTF Challenge Plus Oman Open, the biggest table tennis tournament to be staged in the sultanate.