Opening ceremony will be held at Dubai Club for the Disable after the first day of competition
The organizing committee of the 8th Fazza World Para Powerlifting World Cup Dubai 2017 unveiled the full program of events for the five days of competition which will be held from 27th February to 3rd March at the Dubai Club for the Disabled.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council (DSC), it is being organised and supervised by the Dubai Club for the Disabled with the support of their strategic partners Dubai Sports Council, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare (GAYSW), and the UAE Paralympic Committee with the participation of 194 athletes from 33 countries.
The organizing committee will classify and conduct weigh-in two hours before the event of each competition which will see the best para athletes displaying their powerlifting skills for a period of 40 hours during the next five days from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm daily. The awarding of medals will take place immediately after each event in the male and female categories.
There will be six medal events on the first day of competition on Monday 27th February for the following events and categories: 49kg (men and juniors), 41kg and 45kg (women), 54kg (men and juniors) and 50kg (women).
On Tuesday 28th February four medal events are scheduled as follows: 59kg (men and juniors), 55kg (women) and 65kg (men and juniors).
There will be five medal ceremonies on Wednesday 1st March in the following events: 72kg (men and juniors), 61kg and 67kg (women), 61kg (juniors) and 90kg (men).
Four medal events have been scheduled on the fourth day of competition on Thursday 2nd March as follows: 88kg (men), 73kg (men and juniors), 97kg (men and juniors).
The heavy weights will be seen in action on the final day of competition on Friday 3rd March for the following medal events: 107kg (men), 79kg to 86+ kg (women) and 107kg (men).
The opening ceremony of the 8th Fazza World Para Powerlifting World Cup Dubai will be held at the Dubai Club for the Disabled commencing at 7.00 pm after the completion of action on the first day of competition.
The organizing committee confirmed that all the visiting participating athletes arrived through Dubai International Airport on Saturday 25thFebruary and are being accommodated at the official hotel near the Dubai Club for the Disabled so that they will have easy access to train at the Championship venue.
“Dubai has once again attracted the best athletes for the 8th Fazza World Para Powerlifting World Cup Dubai. This is the third time we are hosting a championship of such magnitude. We are proud to be hosting a competition which will create a road map for athletes to qualify for the World Championships in Mexico and also begin their journey to Tokyo 2020,” said H.E. Thani Juma Berregad, Chairman of the Dubai Club for the Disabled.
H.E. Majid Abdullah Al Usaimi, Championship Director of Fazza Championships for the Disabled, said athletes who are vying for qualification for the forthcoming World Para Powerlifting Championships in Mexico in September this year confirmed for the Dubai competition well in advance.
“This is why we put a full program for five days because this championship give them and opportunity to improve their standard. Those who do well in this competition could go on to become Asian or World champions in their categories. We expect to see records tumble since most of them are looking to qualify for the World Championships with an eye on the next Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020,” he said.
The Fazza World Para Powerlifting World Cup Dubai 2017, which will serve as a qualifier for the World Para Powerlifting Championship to be held in Mexico in September this year. Dubai will be one of only two qualifying competitions for Mexico. The other qualifying event will be held in Hungary in May.
The participating countries are Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Cameroon, China, Egypt, Great Britain, Georgia, Ghana, Ireland, India, Iraq, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Libya, Malaysia, Moldova, Magnolia, Morocco, Netherlands, Poland, Syria, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Kyrgystan, Jordan and UAE.
UAE will be represented by 12 athletes, including two females.
The competition will be conducted in accordance with international rules and regulations similar to a World Championship event.
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