Nothing could stop Ahmed Al Fadly -- not physical and aggressive one-on-one basketball, not wind and hot weather -- from winning the Red Bull King of the Rock qualifier in Kuwait. Ahmed defeated six opponents, including his twin brother Abdulaziz, and earned a "golden ticket" to compete in the Finals on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco.
The twin brothers overcame all opponents and reached the final to set up a mouth-watering clash. The final was tough, as both players know each other very well, but it was Ahmed who had the upper hand as he succeeded by offensively outscoring his brother by six points.
“I’m so happy to win the first Red Bull King of the Rock in Kuwait," said Ahmed. "The competition format is tough and the level was so high but my consistent playing helped me reach the final and win. Hard luck for my twin brother Abdulaziz, he played brilliantly the whole tournament but at the end someone has to win. I will not rest but will instead prepare very seriously and improve my individual skills for the finals in Alcatraz.”
The event was held at the Marina Basketball Courts with the participation of 64 of the best one-on-one basketball players in Kuwait. Each player had to win a game of five minutes to advance to the next round.
Abdo Chidiac, a Lebanese professional basketball player, acted as the competition director. He was responsible for the overall competition and the athlete management. Chidiac was part of the Lebanese National Basketball Team for 15 years. He also played for several professional clubs, most notably Sagesse, where he won the Arab Basketball Championship in 1998 and FIBA Asia Championship in 1999.
Chidiac, a well-known three pointer, won the Lebanese Basketball league twice and achieved many individual accolades and accomplishments including several Defensive Player of the year awards and was among the top five scorers for five years.
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