6th Fazza IPC Powerlifting World Cup Dubai begins on Sunday

Thani Juma Berregad (second left), Chairman of the Dubai Club for the Disabled and Head of the Organising Committee of the 6th Fazza IPC Powerlifting World Cup - Dubai 2015 at a press conference on Tuesday. (Supplied)

The 6th Fazza IPC Powerlifting World Cup - Dubai 2015 which will be held at the at the Dubai Club for the Disabled from March 15 to 18 has attracted 133 athletes from 24 countries.

Held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, it is organised and supervised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC) and Dubai Club for the Disabled in association with the Public Authority for Youth and Sport, Dubai Sports Council, and UAE Paralympic Committee.

The championship will see the participation of athletes from the United Arab Emirates, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Ireland, Thailand, Egypt, Slovakia, Syria, France, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Netherlands, India, Mongolia, Poland, Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Hungary, and Ivory Coast.

Thani Juma Berregad, Chairman of the Dubai Club for the Disabled and Head of the Organising Committee, thanked Sheikh Hamdan for his support of sports activities, especially for the disabled, at a press conference on Tuesday.

He also thanked HHC for their efforts and for the support they extend to ensure the success of this global event.

“We deeply value the vital role played by the HHC in ensuring the success of sporting events organised by the Dubai Club for the Disabled, which have contributed greatly to reinforcing the reputation of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates for hosting world-class international sporting championships,” said Berregad.

He said all preparations have been finalised for the success of this championships.

“Working groups were created and a comprehensive plan outlined for each committee to help ensure the success of this championship."

Fatima Arif Bannai, Director of Media Office at HHC, praised the efforts of the organising committee and the working groups in Dubai Club for the Disabled.

She said: “Last year’s Fazza International Powerlifting Championship was a huge success, thanks to the grace of God and the unremitting support of His Highness the Crown Prince of Dubai and his commitment to creating world-class tournaments.”

She added: “We at HHC will make sure that all necessary support is provided to ensure the success of this championship which will unveil new champions and heroes who will be a strong asset to their country.”

Jon Amos, IPC Powerlifting Chairman, will host a special workshop for the tournament’s referees, wherein he will discuss at length the rules and regulations surrounding the sport of powerlifting as well as various techniques related to the sport.

Teams participating in the competition are scheduled to arrive on March 12, and players will be classified according to the type of disability on March 13, followed by the official inauguration of the tournament and the technical meeting of the organising committee on March 14.

This is the fourth championship under the umbrella of the Fazza Championships for People with Disability to be held this season, after the Fazza National Championships for People with Disability, Fazza International Para-Archery Competition, Fazza International Athletics IPC Grand Prix Dubai 2015, which witnessed the participation of around 500 athletes.

The Fazza International Championship for Boccia is due to be held in April, followed by Fazza International Wheelchair Basketball Championships in May.

 

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