World Archery official to oversee Second Fazza International Para-Archery Championship Dubai 2016

DUBAI, 14th January, 2016 (WAM) — Chairperson of the World Archery Para Committee, Carole Hicks, will oversee the technical aspects of the Second Fazza International Para-Archery Championship Dubai 2016, being held at the Dubai Club for the Disabled.

Ahead of the competition proper that begins this coming Saturday, Ms. Hicks will chair a meeting of managers of the 15 participating countries tomorrow.

“I am the Technical Delegate, TD, for the Fazza International Para-Archery Championship, and my main objective is to ensure that World Archery rules are obeyed,” said Hicks, a former archer herself.

Apart from the meeting of managers, there will be an equipment check by technical officials of the local organising committee.

“By doing some tests and looking at the medical records of players, we check whether they are eligible to compete in the Para-Archery competition. If they are eligible, then in which of these divisions they will be classified, W1 or Open,” explained Hicks, who has been an international judge for two decades and member of the World Archery Para-Committee for the past six years.

She heads a committee which comprises four elected officials at the congress, one person elected by the Para-Archers at the World Para-Archery Competition and one Head of Classification appointed by World Archery for two years.

She expects a high standard of competition at the Championship which has been recognised by World Archery for the first time.

“There are several reigning and former world champions such Joanna Frith, John Stubbs, John Cavanagh and Melanie Clarke from Great Britain, Kevin Evans of Canada, David Drahoninsky of Czech Republic, Zahra Nemati from Iran and Phillip Bottomley of The Netherlands,” she said.

The second edition of the Fazza International Para-Archery Championship will continue until January 19th.

Team GB have brought the largest contingent of 14 athletes for the second edition of the championship.

“This is the start of an exciting new season. The participants for Fazza International Para-Archery Championship have almost doubled from the inaugural edition. We have ranked players from one to four in each category. Several world champions are also competing,” said Thani Juma Berregad, Chairman of the Dubai Club for the Disabled and Head of the Organising Committee for the Fazza Championships for the Disabled.

“The recognition by World Archery of the Fazza International Para-Archery Championship is a great boost for Fazza as a championship in general. We have eight championships, both local and international, with two new competitions: Bowling for the Deaf and Special Olympics,” he added.

The Fazza International Para-Archery Championship is organised and supervised by the Dubai Club for the Disabled with the support of the Hamdan bin Mohammed Heritage Centre, HHC, and in cooperation with the Dubai Sports Council, DSC, the General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare and the UAE Paralympic Committee.

The number of participating countries for the Second Fazza International Para-Archery Championship has increased 15 countries this year: Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, India, Iran, Iraq, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Great Britain, South Korea, Thailand, and tournament hosts, the UAE. There will be 50 athletes vying for honours, including 20 female archers.

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