The UAE won the silver in the “Mixed Teams” competition, with the trio of Paralympic champion Muhammad Khamis, Saif Al Zaabi and Moza Al Zeyoudi winning second place at the conclusion of the 11th edition of the Fazza International Powerlifting Championship for People of Determination (Dubai World Cup 2021), which was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, with the participation of 300 male and female players from 62 countries, while the first place in the same competition went to Chile, and Colombia came third.
Majed Al-Osaimi, President of the Asian Paralympic Committee and Director of the Fazza International Championships for People of Determination, crowned the Chinese team with the Shield of Excellence, after the teams participating in the global event came first with 13 colored medals (7 gold, 5 silver and bronze), followed by the Russian team with 10 medals. (3 gold, silver and 4 bronze), while the Egyptian team came third (with 6 medals, 3 gold and the same silver).
For his part, the Secretary-General of the Dubai Sports Council, Saeed Hareb, who followed some of the events of the tournament, said in press statements: “The Fazza International has become one of the important tournaments in the global map of People of Determination, especially as it bears a name dear to our hearts and a distinguished sports personality, at a time when It is the sport of people of determination with the attention of the wise leadership, which had a positive impact on their journey in all continental and international forums.”
He added, “This great participation, despite the challenges of the pandemic, confirms the world’s confidence in the Emirates and Dubai and the global reputation for them, and the teams’ keenness to be present in this global event that acquires a great deal of importance, especially since (Fazza) has exceeded expectations and has become a transcontinental to achieve ambitions.”
The Secretary-General of the Dubai Sports Council indicated that “the board of directors of the Dubai Club for People of Determination and the teams of the various committees did not leave anything to chance,” explaining that “the club succeeded in what major countries were unable to achieve, despite the challenges facing the world due to the Corona pandemic.”
In turn, the Assistant Secretary-General of the Dubai Sports Council, Nasser Aman Al Rahma, praised the great success achieved by the global event, and said in press statements: “The presence of 62 countries in the Dubai edition despite the pandemic is considered an achievement,” noting that “the wise leadership has prepared all the factors for success.” For people of determination in order to achieve their ambitions at all levels.”
He added, “The breaking of records in Dubai confirms the strength of this tournament, especially as it was the last chance for (people of determination) to reserve their seats in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.”
22 records were broken in the Dubai edition (5 world records, 5 European records, 7 Asian records, 3 American records, and 1 African record, in addition to another European record in juniors).
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