The Doha 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships will be held in Doha’s Suhaim bin Hamad Stadium at Qatar Sports Club from 21 to 31 October 2015. The World Championships see the most incredible athletes from across the globe flock to the Qatari capital for the final major event on the athletes’ journey to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Being held for the first time in the Middle-East in the history of the competition, the IPC Athletics World Championships will provide an eye-opening spectacle for the Gulf region and the Qatari nation, and will leave a lasting legacy for generations to come. With a staggering 1,400 of the world’s greatest para-athletes from over 100 countries descending on the Qatari Capital this October, spectators will bear witness to an awe-inspiring display of sporting triumph over adversity that will drive people across the globe to begin their own world-beating journeys.
In order to inspire local communities throughout Qatar and across the region, the Local Organising Committee is shining a spotlight on the inspirational stories of some of the athletes that will be competing. The latest focus turns to homegrown Qatari athlete Abdelrahman Abdelqader on his path to competing in the biggest event of his life in front of a home crowd.
The 27-year-old Qatari athlete, Abdelrahman Abdelqader, began his incredible journey to become a world-class para-athlete almost by accident whilst receiving physiotherapy for his Cerebral Palsy, which is a challenge he has to overcome every day of his life. It wasn’t until his physical therapist Dr Mohamed Al-Azouli informed him about para-sport that he began taking part in athletics:
My physical therapist told me about the Qatari Paralympic Committee and I eventually signed up. At the time, athletics was the only sport available so that is what I started with and I found that I loved it so I kept going.’
Cerebral Palsy is a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood and have varied signs and symptoms between people. Often symptoms include poor coordination, stiff muscles, weak muscles, and tremors but there are many more problems that can occur. Despite his condition, Abdelrahman didn’t let it get in his way and he is full of praise for athletics, how it changed his life and how it helped him to overcome his condition:
Sport affected my life in a lot of ways. It helped me with time management and with time I felt my body changing – I became healthier, I lost weight, and I became stronger and I had more energy.’
As the last major event on the para-athletes calendar leading up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, the IPC Athletics World Championships will be ‘Beyond Incredible’ and spectators can expect to see the world’s best para-athletes giving everything they’ve got in a showcase of unquestionable skill and determination.
Fans are able to see the world’s greatest para-athletes competing up close and in person by getting tickets now at Doha Q-Tickets or by buying them from Qatar Olympic Committee booths in Villaggio, City Centre and Landmark malls. The World Championships take place from the 21 – 31 October at Qatar Sports Club.
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