Doha 2015 GCC Para-athletics Championships open with two new world records; Qatar’s Abdelrahman Abdelqader sets a new world record in the Shot Put F34 event
The 2015 GCC Para-Athletics Championships opened yesterday at Doha’s Qatar Sports Club. A total of 27 champions were crowned on day one, including Qatar’s very own Abdelrahman Abdelqader and Shareefa al-Haddad.
The GCC Para-Athletics Championships bring together over 200 of the best para-athletes from across the region. Six countries are participating, including hosts Qatar, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain. Organized by the GCC Organizing Committee for Sports of the Disabled, the Championships aim to create new platforms for regional athletes through which they can experience high-level competition and gain invaluable experience that can be transferred to the world stage.
The competition kicked off with the men’s 100m T33/34, where Mohamed Al Khubaisi claimed the bronze medal. Meanwhile Ahmed al-Mutairi from Kuwait broke the record in the 100m T33 event. Qatar’s Shareefa al-Haddad took home the gold medal in a fierce 200m race. There was further home success in the men’s shot put, where Abdelrahman Abdelqader, showed he is in great form ahead of next month’s IPC Athletics World Championships, with a decisive victory and a new world record of 10.68 meters. Other notable victories included the UAE’s Mohammed al-Hammadi who won gold in the 100m T33/34 event.
The GCC Para-Athletics Championships are also serving as a test event for the upcoming IPC Athletics World Championships, which are also taking place at Qatar Sports Club from 21-31 October 2015. The test event will enable the Organising Committee to test operational functions and procedures across all areas to ensure that October’s World Championships will be organised to the highest possible levels.