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Dh6m grant for special needs sports

Report from Gulf News Monday April 7 2014

Mohammad orders support to encourage disabled people to participate

His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bi Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has ordered a grant of Dh6million to be given to people with special needs to enable and encourage them to participate and excel in local, regional and international sports competitions. Sheikh Mohammad issued the orders yesterday when he attended the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Powerlifting Championships held at the Dubai Club for Special Needs Sports. Sheikh Mohammad visited the Emirati team’s training arena and inquired about the needs of the athletes as well as their preparedness to participate in the competition in which 430 athletes from 65 countries are competing. He then visited the resting and general training areas and spoke with a number of athletes. Sheikh Mohammad also inquired about the facilities being provided for them. Sheikh Mohammad then attended a match and took a commemorative photo with the athletes. Sheikh Mohammad later met Sir Philip Craven, president of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), who suffered permanent injury to his legs at the age of 16 during a rock-climbing expedition. Sheikh Mohammad told Craven that a disability has never been an obstacle for innovation or excellence, especially if the mind is still sound. Craven hailed the facilities and hospitality provided by the Dubai Authorities. Craven said that this edition of the championship is an exceptional one because it’s being held at an Arab country with an international reputation and also possesses the logistic support and advantages to ensure the success of any competition.

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