All photos by Ray Toh
The first IPC Athletics World Championships in the Middle East was off to a fast-paced start yesterday, with new records being set for the women’s T42 Long Jump, the women’s 100m T38 event and several other categories.
Some 1,400 para-athletes are scheduled to compete during the tournament, deemed to be one of the world’s largest turnouts for this event.
The competition runs from Oct. 21-31 at the Qatar Sports Club in West Bay.
In a statement, IPC officials said that during yesterday’s opening sessions, 72 medals were shared between 32 nations.
China is leading with four gold medals, three silver and three bronze, while Great Britain barely trails it with four gold medals, one silver and two bronze. Germany is third with two gold and two bronze.
Team Qatar will begin its participation when the tournament opens for the day today at 4pm, with Mohamed al Kubaisi competing in the Men’s 400m T34 semi-final.
Tickets can be bought online here, in Villaggio, Landmark and City Center malls, or at booths at the Qatar Sports Club.
Morning sessions are free to attend, while evening sessions start from QR20/person onwards. Children under under 4 and seniors over 60 years old enter for free. All proceeds will be donated to charity.
Do you plan to check out tournament? Thoughts?