Financial distress threatens to cancel Iraq's participation in an international championship for Kiku Shinkai.. Photos
Wahib told Shafaq News Agency, "The World Federation of Kiko Shinkai chose him to be an advertising face for the poster of the Asian Championship in Kazakhstan, which will be launched on the tenth of next May."
He added, "More than 30 countries will participate in the tournament, but Iraq is threatened not to participate in the tournament due to the lack of financial support."
Wahib continued, "The federation's position is very good and positive with us, but we have not had a budget for two years and it is difficult to support us in a world championship with the lack of money."
And he said, "This suffering continues with every approaching tournament date for not spending a budget for the activities of our union despite the emergence of Iraqi champions on a global level, explaining that" we had previously faced the same suffering in the world championship that was held in Poland, and I appealed to the Prime Minister of Iraq, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, and his office intervened. I resolved the issue and participated at the government’s expense, and today my participation is also threatened, and unfortunately the suffering continues, and the concerned authorities do not care and we do not know how long individual games will remain neglected by the government, and these games are the most accomplished.”
He continued, "I appeal to the Prime Minister once again to intervene and solve the crisis that has accompanied me since I entered this sport. I am the Asian champion by obtaining gold for two years in a row 2015 and 2016 in Iran and the Arab champion for two consecutive years 2017 in Lebanon and 2018 in Tunisia and the owner of the fastest knockout by the International Federation." For two years in a row, the champion of the Middle East, the champion of Iraq for many years, and the gold of the 2019 World Azerbaijan International Championship.
He asked, "Is it reasonable that the Asian and International Federation celebrate the Iraqi hero and the government neglects him!", stressing, "If I do not get sponsorship, I will participate in the next tournament at his own expense in order to raise the name of Iraq."
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