Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF), in collaboration with the Qatar Paralympic Committee, on Monday evening successfully organised the fifth consecutive Table Tennis competition for people with special needs. Organised as part of AZF’s Ramadan Sports Festival (RSF), the event provided an opportunity for all community members to take part in sporting activities during Ramadan.
Over 36 participants competed in three categories at the one-day event: visual impairment, physical impairment (sitting/standing) and hearing impairment. The competitions for the visually-impaired category were added to the table tennis event for the second year in the RSF.
Participant Ikrami Fouad secured the top spot visually-impaired category after showcasing a commendable performance, followed by Abdulrahman Sami in second place and Ali Metaab in third place.
Khalid Al Yafei secured the top spot in the physical impairment category (sitting), followed by participant Ismail Mohammed in second place and Abdullah Al Ishaq in third.
Meanwhile, participant Mostafa Ameen won first place in the physical impairment category (standing), followed by participant Mohammed Musa in second and Faisal Al Baridi in third.
In the hearing-impaired category, participant Saeed Saleh won top spot, participant Ibrahim Mesad came in second and participant Mohammed Shehab came in third.
Winners were announced by Mr. Mohammed Mubarak Al Kuwari, Director of Venues, Events and Marketing at AZF, Mr. Abdullah Aman Al Khater, Events Manager at AZF, Ms. Al Anoud Al Misnad, a member of the RSF organising committee at AZF, Mr. Abdullah Al-Mulla, Chairman of the Qatari Cultural and Social Center for the Deaf, and Mr. Hussain Haddad, Member of the Qatar Paralympic Committee and Director of the Table Tennis Tournament.
Commenting on this year’s event, Mr. Mohammed Mubarak Al Kuwari, Director of Venues, Events and Marketing at AZF, said: “We’re proud to provide logistical support for this great tournament because we’re dedicated to offering a variety of exciting sporting events that appeal to everyone in Qatar, irrespective of nationality, age, gender or ability. We strive to encourage active participation in sport all year-round, particularly during Ramadan.”
Mr. Hussain Haddad, Member of the Qatar Paralympic Committee and Director of the Table Tennis Tournament added: “AZF is keen to engage everyone in sport and the table tennis competition was carefully selected because it is fun for everyone. This year, we have proudly organised another very successful and enjoyable competition for the visually impaired for the second year in a row. We hope to continue this fruitful partnership with AZF and we look forward to future events.”
Separately, on 7 June, the RSF’s football tournament will kick off on Aspire Zone’s warm-up track, with 16 teams taking part. Meanwhile, the Men’s and Ladies’ Volleyball tournaments, held in the Volleyball Hall in Aspire Dome and the Ladies Sports Hall in the Ladies Club respectively, will also take place.
The RSF is an annual sporting event that runs for two weeks during the holy month. Over 1,300 members from the local community are set to participate in 11 sports tournaments across Aspire Zone’s world-class sporting facilities. This year’s festival is sponsored by Ooredoo and Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana Co.
The festival is an excellent example of the year-round programme of activities hosted by AZF, which is designed to cater to all members of the community. Aspire Zone has become one of the most popular destinations for Qatar’s residents to take part in sporting activity as well as enjoy a wide range of cultural activities.
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