BAHRAINI taekwondo jin Abdulrahim Abdulhameed was transferred to a regular hospital room yesterday from the intensive care unit.
Abdulrahim underwent successful laparoscopic surgery on Sunday to remove some blood that had collected in his abdomen which was causing him severe pain while competing at the 16th Asian Games.
"Abdulrahim is fine now and he is recovering well," Bahrain's Chef de Mission Noaman Al Hassan told the GDN.
Al Hassan visited Abdulrahim yesterday along with Bahrain Olympic Committee general secretary and Bahrain delegation head Shaikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al Khalifa and other officials.
Abdulrahim is expected to be released from hospital in a few days. Doctors have advised his father Abdulhameed and brother Ebrahim, both of whom are also part of the kingdom's national taekwondo team, that he should be able to fly back home about five days after the surgery.
The rest of the taekwondo squad, which has completed its campaign in Guangzhou without any medals, has returned to Bahrain.
Abdulrahim was competing in the men's under-54kg weight category in this year's Asiad.
He was a win away from securing at least a bronze medal, but with about a minute into his quarter-final bout against South Korean Seong Ho Kim, he began to feel dazed and short of breath while experiencing unbearable pain in his abdomen.
The 20-year-old Bahraini even had trouble standing up by himself, and needed to be stretchered off the playing court and into an ambulance to be rushed to a local hospital, where strange collection of blood was seen after tests.