Elite athletes set for Fazza IPC Powerlifting World Cup action

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The Fazza championships which will continue until Wednesday

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Published: Sun 15 Mar 2015, 2:38 PM

Last updated: Wed 15 Nov 2023, 3:22 PM

Dubai — Some of the world’s elite athletes have arrived to compete in the sixth Fazza IPC Powerlifting World Cup Dubai 2015 which gets underway on Sunday at the Dubai Club for the Disabled.

Held under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid 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 with the support of the Dubai Sports Council and UAE Paralympic Committee.

Workshops and seminars for the competitors and technical officials have been held since Thursday as preparations intensified for the event which will see the participation of 133 athletes from 24 countries.

The Fazza championships which will continue until Wednesday, has attracted athletes from Azerbaijan, Jordan, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Ireland, Thailand, Egypt, Slovakia, Syria, France, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Netherlands, India, Mongolia, Poland, Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Hungary, Ivory Coast and hosts United Arab Emirates.

Each day of competition is scheduled to begin at 10.30am followed by medal ceremonies. The organising committee of Fazza IPC Powerlifting World Cup Dubai has been working very hard to ensure the success of this world class event in keeping with the directives of Shaikh Hamdan so that everything is of the highest standard.

This event has established itself in the international calendar as one of the most championships in the world for the disabled.

Majid Abdullah Al Usaimi, executive director at the Dubai Club for the Disabled and director of Fazza Championship for the Disabled, said the objective of this world class event is to reflect the cultural heritage of the country. “Giving attention to disabled is very crucial to us in expressing the country’s civilization because it plays a major role in planting the seeds of confidence among those who are disabled and raising the awareness on how others look at them when they become achievers in front of their nation and society,” said Al Usaimi. He added: “The vision of Shaikh Hamdan is to continuously support this group of people which represents the core values of Fazza Championships.”

The UAE will be represented by 12 athletes, including three females.

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