Today teams of Sakhalin and Kuwait played in hockey tournament within Winter Children of Asia Games. Both teams approached this game with no victories. But unlike the hosts of the Winter Games, Kuwaiti national team is just making their first steps in hockey, and they hardly were counting on success. This time, team Kuwait again failed to hit their opponent’s gates. However, the guys played stronger in defense, and managed to achieve so far the best result for them in the tournament. The match ended with a 28:0 score in favor of Sakhalin hockey players.

– Our hockey players started skating only three weeks ago, for us it’s the first experience of participating in international competitions, – said Bojan ZIDAREVIC, coach of the Kuwaiti national hockey team. –However, difficulties did not break our spirit. The boys are fighting in every game, like real men. Currently we lack experience of playing against such strong teams as the opponents that we’ve met here. But we plan to further develop winter sports back at home. So, over time, the level of our athletes will be inevitably growing.

Despite the fact that today team Kuwait played against the hosts of the Winter Games, many Sakhalin fans came with the flags of this Arab country, to support brave young athletes. They warmly cheered the attacks of Kuwaiti hockey players and gave them big hands after every successful action on the ice.

–  It is awesome that Sakhalin people treat our team with such warmth. Your support is very important to our young athletes, because it is thanks to this support that they have an incentive to develop further, – says Mr. ZIDAREVIC.

Recall that volunteers and locals of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk launched a flash mob, the essence of which was to come to the game with #GoKuwait! posters, and support team players throughout the game.