(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The successful hosting of the 23rd Gulf Cup football tournament in Kuwait recently has signalled a thaw in the sporting relations among the GCC countries despite the ongoing diplomatic crisis between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain.
Following the success of the Gulf Cup, basketball will be the second sport that will bring together the GCC nations as the GCC Basketball Organising Committee announced recently that Muscat will be hosting the 16th GCC U17 Basketball Championship at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex (SQSC) from February 5-10.
The tournament will bring together five teams - Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and hosts Oman – vie for the title.
Kuwait's suspension from the IOC meant that it would be unable to compete. The world football governing body, FIFA, had lifted the suspension in December paving the way of its participation and hosting of the Gulf Cup.
Preparations are on for the successful hosting and a meeting was held recently to review the preparations under the Oman Basketball Association (OBA) chief Fareed al Zadjali.
According to a senior OBA official, 'the recent success of the 23rd Gulf Cup football in Kuwait, which was won by Oman, is an example on how sports can bring nations together.'
In another development, OBA chairman Zadjali informed that the UAE senior team will hold a training camp at the SQSC from January 31-February 4. The visiting side is holding its camp ahead of its participation in regional competitions.