GCC athletes gear up for IWAS World Games in Sharjah

The lineup for the IWAS World Games from December 1 to 10 in Sharjah is impressive.

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Published: Sun 27 Nov 2011, 12:09 AM

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

From the AGCC, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE are hard at training to compete in the mega event.

Bahrain and Oman will not participate in the competitions.

The UAE is participating with the largest delegation, comprising 125 members, including 47 officials and coaches and 78 athletes to compete in 4 sports: swimming, shooting, powerlifting and athletics. Five athletes will compete in swimming, 6 in shooting, 13 in powerlifting and 54 in athletics.

The IWAS World Games is sponsored by Etisalat, Al Hamriya Free Zone, Sharjah Bank (platinum sponsors), Sharjah Islamic Bank (gold sponsor), Al Buhaira National Insurance Company and Teffani Company (silver sponsors).

So far 49 countries have confirmed their participation for the 10-day multi-event competition, to be held for the first time in the Middle East and the Arab world.

Ninety AGCC athletes will compete in athletics, 18 of them from Kuwait — most notably is gold medallist in the 100m, 200m and 400m and Hamad Al Adwani who qualified for the Paralympics Games, London 2012.

Saudi Arabia will send 11 athletes, including the world record holder in the discus throw, Hani Al Nakhly, and the Mazen Al Dosari. one of the five finalists in the 800m.

Qatar will participate with 7 athletes; the most prominent of them are Omran Al Maadhadi and Salah Al Adasani. The UAE has a 54-strong participating unit.

In powerlifting competitions, 29 AGCC athletes will participate, 6 athletes of them are from the Saudi Arabia including the London 2012 qualified Ibrahim Ibrahim.

Qatar has 1 power lifting athlete, while the largest participation will be from the UAE, with 13 athletes (10 in men and 3 in women competitions).

sports@khaleejtimes.com


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