47 countries to take part in IWAS World Games

SJARJAH - Kazakhstan and Serbia have officially confirmed their participation in the 6th IWAS World Games, which will be hosted in Sharjah from 1 to 10 December, bringing the total number of participating countries to 47, a press release said.

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Published: Sat 26 Nov 2011, 12:12 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:25 AM

The IWAS World Games, which is being held in the Middle East for the first time, has received significant interest, as it serves as a qualifier for the Paralympic Games, London 2012. The areas of competition will be athletics, power lifting, amputee football, and CPISRA race running, which will take place at Al Thiqah Club for the Handicapped. Swimming and table tennis will be held at American University of Sharjah, and shooting which will take place at the Sharjah Ladies Club.

Teams will arrive at Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah airports, with the Russian delegation expected to arrive on 26 November, the Chinese team on the 27th and Ireland and KSA on the 28th. The last two teams, from Denmark and Switzerland, will arrive on 2 December. The total number of participants is expected to exceed 900, including athletes, officials and technical delegates.

Ahmed Salem Al Madhloum, Executive Director of the IWAS World Games, said, “Based on the directives of our leaders, the architects of our national renaissance, the UAE is always keen to make its mark in all fields. The hosting of the IWAS World Games is particularly important as it will coincide with the nationwide celebration of the 40th anniversary of the UAE’s National Day. Our champions will be also eager to add to the National Day celebrations with impressive sporting achievements that will fly the country’s flag high on the podiums.”

Humaid Ali Al Abbar, Head of the Accommodation and Logistics Committee, said, “The Committee is in constant contact with all concerned parties to receive the participating delegations.”

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