Supreme Council for Youth and Sports assistant secretary general and Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) secretary general Abdulrahman Askar congratulated Bahrain’s leadership on Bahrain’s Adam Batirov winning a historic silver medal in men’s 70kg freestyle at the 2018 World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

The 33-year-old wrestler captured Bahrain’s maiden medal at the championship after a 6-7 defeat to former world champion Magomedrasul Gazimagomedov of Russia in the final.

Askar also congratulated the Bahrain Mixed Martial Arts Federation president Khalid Al Khayyat and all board members on this result, which he attributed to the support from the sports leadership in Bahrain.

“Adam added a new global sporting achievement to Bahrain’s sporting achievements in the “year of gold” by taking home a silver medal at the World Wrestling Championship, which reflectsv the great capabilities enjoyed by our wrestler on the continental level,” said Askar.

Askar further explained: “Despite it was recently founded, the federation has managed several contine ntal and international achievements. It has also had a very large base of associates and followers in the Kingdom and abroad, which is a positive sign that promises to bring a better future for martial arts sports”.

Batirov trains at the KHK Bahrain Gym founded by Supreme Council for Youth and Sports first deputy chairman and Bahrain Athletics Association president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Bahrain is set to host Brave International Combat Week 2018, the largest mixed martial arts event in Asia, from November 11 to 18 and Batirov’s victory comes as a morale booster for the KHK MMA Bahrain Fight Team who will represent the kingdom in the event.