Al Bustan Centre and Residence, the popular hotel-apartment among tourists and businessmen in the heart of Dubai, recently hosted the delegates of the 2nd Fazza International Boccia Competition held at Dubai Club for the Disabled in Al Qusais last 16th – 22nd April.
Vying for title are 51 players, who came from nine countries including UAE, Iraq, Thailand, Malaysia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Tunisia, Portugal, and the newest addition, Qatar.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, the event was organized and supervised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center and Dubai Club for the Disabled with the support of the General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare, Dubai Sports Council and the UAE Paralympic Committee.
Thailand bested the eight participating countries, making a clean sweep of the gold medals with a world-class performance on the final day.
One of the remarkable events for UAE was the emergence of the rising star Ayesha Essa Almehairi, who was thrust into the international are after three days of training.
Moussa El Hayek, Chief Operating Officer of Al Bustan Centre and Residence, was much honored to host such a milestone event.
“With the first sport of its kind to be held in UAE, ABCR is very proud to be part of this meaningful event and applaud Dubai’s government initiative in organizing this tournament for athletes with celebral palsy or related neurological conditions,”noted El Hayek.
HE Thani Juma Berregad, Chairman of the Dubai Club for the Disabled and Head of the Organizing Committee for the Fazza Championships for the Disabled was very grateful with the overwhelming support of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum that translated into the success of the event.
“The Fazza International Boccia Competition helps our players prepare for the new season and gives an opportunity to unleash hidden talents and pit their abilities to become champions in both regional and world level by improving their skills. We would like to thank all other participating teams for their commitment to the sport,” said Berregard.
Majid Abdullah Al Usaimi, Championship Director, also expressed his gratitude to HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, for his continuous support of sports for the Disabled.
“The inaugural Fazza Boccia Competition added to Dubai’s repute as a regional center for hosting international sporting events and undoubtedly its success has seen the return of countries for the second edition. It enhanced the reputation of the Fazza Championships which caters to different types of sports including heritage-based events and sport competitions for the disabled,” said Al Usaimi.
Boccia is a highly specialized competitive sport for people with cerebral palsy or related neurological conditions and is practiced in more than 50 countries today.