The seventh Fazza IPC Powerlifting World Cup Dubai 2016 will kick-off on Friday February 12 with 210 participants from 42 countries set to compete at the Dubai Club for the Disabled across nine days until Saturday February 20.
It is being held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council (DSC) and organised and supervised by the Dubai Club for the Disabled with the support of their strategic partners the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC), the International Paralympic Committee, the General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare (GAYSW), the DSC and the UAE Paralympic Committee.
“Dubai is one of only three cities on the entire planet to be tasked with organising a World Cup tournament and that in itself is an achievement of which we are extremely proud,” said Thani Juma Berregad, Chairman of the Dubai Club for the Disabled and Head of the Organizing Committee for the Fazza Championships for People with Disability, at a press conference on Tuesday.
Malaysia will host another IPC Powerlifting World Cup before the Rio Paralympics in September.
“There is no doubting that this prestigious championship has helped put Dubai, and the UAE, on the global map when it comes to international sports tournaments and we intend to sign an agreement with the International Paralympic Committee on the sidelines of this competition to secure the staging of it here for the next five years,” added Berregad as Dubai hosts the IPC Powerlifting World Cup for the second time.
"Last year the number of countries was 25 and number of participants were 133. This year it has increased to 42 nations and 210 athletest," he said.
Ahmed Al Hammadi, the Chairman of the Technical Committee for the Fazza Championships for the Disabled, added: “This tournament will provide UAE para-powerlifters with an opportunity to compete against the very best in the world. They will be looking to gain more experience and improve their skills in the pursuit of a strong presence at the next Paralympics Games in Rio de Janeiro. The competition will be fierce among the elite this year and our UAE para-powerlifters will be doing their utmost to improve upon their scores and set new personal bests.”
The 42 countries competing at this year’s event are as follows: Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, Finland, France, Georgia, Ghana, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, the Netherlands, Oman, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, Serbia , Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and tournament hosts the United Arab Emirates who will be represented by 13 athletes.