The opening ceremony of the 2018 School Mini Olympics, organised by the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) in cooperation with the Education Ministry, is set to commence today at Isa Sports City in Riffa.

Fifty eight government and private schools will be taking part in this year’s event, which will run until March 22, with more than 3,500 students to compete in 20 sports in total, including football, 3-on- 3 basketball, volleyball and handball.

The remaining sports are table tennis, athletics, cricket, hockey, swimming, water sports, cycling, fencing, tennis, badminton, gymnastics, judo, karate, taekwondo, jiujitsu and karting.

To be held under the patronage of HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, His Majesty the King Representative for Charity Works and Youth Affairs, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and BOC president, the opening ceremony programme will see a group of athletes and officials lighting up the Olympic torch at the Bahrain Volleyball Association premises.

Upon arrival, the big main torch will be lit up for one week when the curtain comes down on this edition of the Mini Olympics.

Today’s ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Bahrain Volleyball Association’s gym from 11am onwards.

Meanwhile, the final rehearsal for the opening ceremony was staged yesterday, where BOC general secretary Abdulrahman Askar looked into the closing preparations ahead of today’s ceremony.

Shaikh Ali bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, president of the Bahrain Volleyball Association, said the Mini Olympics reflects the great support offered by the BOC.