Winning debut for United Arab Emirates at 2nd Fazza International Boccia Competition – Sports – Local


Ahmed Essa Aljazeeri of the United Arab Emirates won his opener against Amani Ismael of Kuwait 4-2 in the BC4 category at the 2nd Fazza International Boccia Competition which kicked off on Saturday at the Dubai Club for the Disabled in Al Qusais.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of the Dubai Sports Council, it is organized and supervised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center and the Dubai Club for the Disabled with the support of the General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare, the Dubai Sports Council and the United Arab Emirates Paralympic Committee.

Boccia is a highly specialized competitive sport for people with cerebral palsy or related neurological conditions and is played in over 50 countries today.

“I am very happy with my victory and I dedicate this victory to my family and loved ones,” said Ahmed, who has trained at the Dubai Club for the Disabled for the past two years.

“It’s a big challenge. I train an hour and a half a day. I’m very happy to be able to really enjoy the competition,” he added.

In a home and home fight, Salem Al Kaabi of the United Arab Emirates defeated Soltan Al Ketbi 4-2 in the BC2 category.

A total of 51 players from nine countries, including the United Arab Emirates, participate in the 2nd International Boccia Fazza Competition.

Championship director Majid Al Usaimi was satisfied with the level of competition on the opening day of the 2nd international boccia Fazza competition.

“The number of countries and players reflects the efforts of the organizers and encourages us to redouble our efforts to render the best services to the participating teams who were rather satisfied. The dedication of the participating teams on opening day reflects their focus on winning medals, “he said.

It is the first sport of its kind for people with neurological disorders in the Middle East.

The 1st international boccia Fazza competition welcomed 41 players from eight countries in May last year, including the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Thailand, Malaysia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Tunisia and Portugal.

Qatar is the latest entry for this year’s international boccia Fazza competition. The UAE has the largest number of 14 players in the region.

Thailand’s Pattaya Tadtong was the most impressive player in the morning session, shutting out UAE rival Omar Drib 23-0 in the BC1 category.

“I have almost 17 years of experience in the sport. Maybe that’s why I won so convincingly,” said Pattaya, 36, gold medalist at the Para-Asian Games. Incheon last year.

Malaysian Lean Chit Kit edged Portugal’s Bernardo Lopes in a hotly contested BC1 game 4-2.

“My goal is to do my best and get good results,” said Lean, 31, who has 15 years of boccia experience.

Among his medal performances was a bronze medal at the Para-Asean Games in Myanmar last year.

Malaysian coach Ben Low praised the excellent organization of the 2nd Fazza International Boccia Competition.

“We thank Dubai for hosting this competition. It is very well organized. We were picked up from the airport to the hotel. This competition is a benchmark for our players to gain international exposure and assess their level.” , Low said.

Lee Che Hoong of Malaysia scored impressive 17-0 victories over Hussain Jaafar Mohamed Omran of Bahrain and Rania Saleh Rashid of United Arab Emirates in the BC2 category.

A total of 102 matches will be played over the four days of the Fazza Boccia competition with two sessions each day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The first three days of competition will be qualifying matches with players divided into different pools of the four categories. BC1 has two groups of six players each, BC2 four groups of four players each, BC3 two groups of four each and BC4 four groups of three players each. The semi-finals and finals will take place on Tuesday April 21.

This is the fifth championship under the aegis of the Fazza Championships for People with Disabilities to be held this season – the Fazza National Championships for People with Disabilities, the Fazza International Para-Archery Competition, the Grand 2015 IPC Fazza Dubai International Athletics Award, which saw the participation of nearly 500 athletes, and the 6th Fazza IPC Dubai 2015 Powerlifting World Cup which attracted 133 athletes from 25 countries.

The Fazza International Wheelchair Basketball Championships are slated to take place in May.

Petanque categories

BC1 – Players with cerebral palsy who are able to use their hands or feet to systematically propel a ball in play. BC1 athletes may have an outside aid to the competition field to pass their ball to them on request or to modify the chair. rolling and make sure it is firm.

BC2 – Players with cerebral palsy who are able to use their hands to propel a ball in play consistently and have greater functional capacity than a BC1 athlete and are not allowed to have an assist.

BC3 – Players with cerebral palsy or other disability with musculoskeletal dysfunction in all four limbs who are unable to throw or kick a ball in play and as such are permitted to use an assistive device such as a ramp to propel the ball into play and are supported by an assistant. The assistant should look away and turn his back on the court.

– Players who do not have cerebral palsy but have another disability with locomotor dysfunction in all four limbs and have a functional capacity similar to that of BC2 athletes. Disabilities such as muscular dystrophy and quadriplegia will fall under this classification as long as they are shown to be able to throw the ball effectively and are not entitled to any help or assistance.

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