A motivated United Arab Emirates males’s staff is able to make historical past once they tackle Italy of their opening Group A sport of the IWBF Wheelchair Basketball World Championships – Dubai 2022 on the World Commerce Centre halls right here on Friday.
Whereas it will likely be the primary time the house staff will take part in a World Championships, it will likely be a dream come true for a lot of the gamers to play alongside the highest groups of the world. As a hosts, these will probably be additionally the primary time UAE will host a Wheelchair Basketball World Championships turning into the primary Arab and West Asian nation to take action.
With a brand new coach on their facet, Abbas Aghakoucheki, who has been an necessary determine in Iran’s success in males’s wheelchair basketball in Asia, the UAE staff appeared stronger than ever earlier than and is prepared for the large problem.
Aghakoucheki, who has been the pinnacle coach of Iran in two Paralympic Video games, stated the staff’s confidence and spirit is increase within the ongoing coaching session.
“The participation within the current occasions in Thailand, Kuwait and coaching in Turkey was a very good preparation for the staff. The World Championships are one of many short-term plans for me since I joined them in July 2022. We’ve additionally introduced in some youthful gamers like 19-year-old Mansour (Mohamed Alnaqbi) to have extra pace and enthusiasm within the facet.”
The coach additionally identified that the UAE facet has many skilled gamers which will probably be at their benefit.
UAE are presently positioned second amongst Gulf nations and has a bronze medal on the Bahrain 2022 West Asia Para Video games. Finally month’s Arab Championships, UAE completed in fourth place with Egypt taking the primary place.
The staff had been additionally in a 10-day coaching in Turkey and have finetuned their abilities for the Championships.
Skilled Ibrahim Salim Alhammadi admitted that it received’t be a simple problem, however they are going to be able to put up an inspiring present. After a coaching session at World Commerce Centre halls, Alhammadi, stated:
“It was a very good preparation to date. Our new coach has put in new technique for our video games; how we will enhance. The previous couple of weeks, the main focus has been on our bodily health, proper planning and constructing on the teamwork. The staff is happy to play their first World Championships. We are going to attempt to put up a very good present. The main target will probably be on sport by sport, and step one will probably be to play a very good sport towards Italy.”
Requested concerning the positives for the facet after the brand new coach has drafted for them, the playmaker for UAE stated:
“The staff is stronger in some ways. We’ve extra expertise. Now, we’ve many possibilities and plans in a single sport; the main focus is on all people not only a few gamers. Earlier we failed to achieve the basket on many events, however now we attain close to the basket and in a position to capitalise on our possibilities.”
The 42-year-old, a trainee at Dubai Membership for Folks of Dedication added:
“Australia would be the hardest in our group.”
In the meantime, one other senior participant Mohamed AlZarooni stated this can an important alternative for the staff to study and develop enjoying towards the world’s greatest sides.
“For any participant, it’s a dream to characterize your nation on the highest stage. It’s additionally a excessive level in your CV to play towards the world greatest gamers. We’re right here not simply to take part however to make a mark and inspire our kids to do effectively within the sport.”
For Jamal Khalifa Albedwawi:
“It’s an enormous honour to play on the World Championships.”
“We’re centered to do effectively. It isn’t simply concerning the end result however to make an impression on the highest stage and create extra consciousness. We’ve practiced effectively in the previous few months. I’m positive, this Championship will go away us with new experiences and new visions.”
Underneath the patronage of Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Sports activities Council and Chairman of the Supreme Committee for the Safety of the Rights of Folks of Dedication, the championships are anticipated to witness high-octane video games with the Paralympic, World and continental champions within the line-up.
Greater than 300 gamers representing 28 groups will probably be in motion from June 9 to twenty on the World Commerce Centre halls.
Textual content by Priyanka Sharma / Dubai Membership for Folks of Dedication.
Credit score: Mark Madrid / Dubai Membership for Folks of Dedication