Nearly 400 athletes from 45 countries, including hosts UAE, will line up for the 4th Fazza International Powerlifting Championships to be held at the Dubai Club for Special Needs from February 20-27.
Powerlifters from Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameron, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Holland, Nigeria, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan will join athletes from the host nation during the week-long competition.
The competition will be governed by IPC Powerlifting rules and there will be strict doping control as per norms and regulations laid down by the IPC and WADA.
As per the rules, a maximum of two powerlifters in each body weight category will be allowed to participate. The men will have ten weight categories starting from100+ kgs right up to 48kgs, while the women will contest in nine categories starting with the +82.5kgs category.
The 4thFazza International Powerlifting Championships is being organised by the Dubai Sports Council (DSC), the UAE Association of Sports for the Handicapped and the Dubai Club for Special Needs.
It was attended by Thani Jumaa Balraqaad, Chairman of Dubai Club for Special Sports, Majid Al Usaimy Executive Director of theDubai Club for Special Sports, Khalid Al Suweidi, vice president of Fazza Tournaments office and Hamad Beljafleh, Public Relations committee supervisor.
The powerlifters are scheduled to arrive in Dubai on February 21 with the technical meeting of delegates and athletes slotted for 7pm the same day, it was announced at a press conference on Sunday.
The opening ceremony of the championships will be held at 10am on February 22 and competition will get under way from 3pm the same day at the Dubai Club for Special Sports.
On the following three days, the competition will be held in two sessions, from 8am to 1 pm and from 3 to 8pm. The final day of the contest will be on February 26 with just one session in the morning followed by the closing ceremony at 7pm.