For the eighth consecutive year and as part of the Ramadan Sports Festival organised by Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF), a table tennis tournament was held for specially-abled. This tournament, held in co-operation with Qatar Paralympic Committee, is the only one of its kind happening in Qatar during the holy month of Ramadan. Around 45 participants took part in the event, who were divided into four various categories: hearing, Motor, vision and mental impairments.
Prior to the start of the event participants gathered to pray for Aspire Academy graduate Abdulrahman al-Naggar, who passed away last April. Abdulrahman was one of the participants of the table tennis tournament last year, where he played an honorary match.
Salem Nasser won in the Motor impairment group, Mustafa Amin in the hearing disability group, Hamad Ali al-Marri from the visual disability team and Salman al-Sharshani in the mental disability group.
The winners were awarded their prizes by the chairman of the organising committee of the Aspire Ramadan Sports Festival, Abdullah Aman al-Khater and the manager of the tournament, Hussain al-Haddad, from the Qatar Paralympic Committee.
Noof al-Saffar, a member of the organising committee of the festival, said: “This event holds a special place in the heart of Aspire Zone after it became one of our fixed events for the Ramadan sporting calendar. We are looking to engage all community members in sport, regardless of their skills and disabilities. I thank Qatar Paralympic Committee for their support and co-operation over the past few years. Finally, I would like to say that the doors of Aspire Zone are wide open for all, and especially members of the public with special needs.”
Al-Haddad said: “We are seeking to engage more disabled players in the table tennis activities in the upcoming years. For the eighth consecutive year, we have organised a table tennis championship for disabled people, and this year’s tournament is noticeable for the larger number of individuals participating. The vision loss team comprised of 14 players, the hearing disability group had 8 players, the mental disability group 12 players, the motor disability group came with 3 players and we welcomed 6 players who are in wheelchairs. In conclusion, I hope that in the years to come, we engage more and more disabled players in our table tennis activities.”
At the Aspire Ladies Sports Hall, the Al-Adaam team secured first place in the Women’s Handball Championship, organised by AZF in co-operation with the Qatar Women’s Sports Committee. Al-Majd came second and the Hands Up team came third.
The winners were awarded their prizes by Maha Al-Abd al-Jabbar, Assistant Secretary of the Qatari Women’s Sports Committee and Aisha bu Jassum, member of the Organising Committee of the Festival.
At Aspire Dome, the men’s volleyball tournament ended with Volley Beast securing first place, while Madina Doha came second, and Perfect Food came third. A Fitness Challenge for boys and girls and the Hockey Competitions concluded. The men’s football tournament ended on Monday night, while the five-day men’s basketball competition has begun.
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