Al Ain to host World Shooting Para Sport Championships in 2022

Al Ain to host World Shooting Para Sport Championships in 2022

The Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club is due to be the venue for the eighth edition of the event.

It will be the first time the competition is hosted in the Middle East and the third World Championships to be staged in Asia.

South Korea had previously held the event in Seoul in 2002 and Cheongju in 2018.

The Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club is due to be the venue for the eighth edition of the event.

It has been a feature on the Shooting Para Sport World Cup circuit since 2015 and has also hosted a number of able-bodied events, including the 2019 Shotgun World Cup Final and the 2014 Asian Shotgun Championships.

"It is fantastic news for the shooting Para sport family that Al Ain will host the first ever World Championships in the Middle East," said World Shooting Para Sport senior manager Tyler Anderson.

"This will be the first major event after the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and an important step in the build-up to Paris 2024.

"The Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club and the Zayed Higher Organisation have been a valuable partner of the sport for almost a decade and have built up a reputation for hosting excellent shooting Para sport events.

"We are thrilled to award the UAE the opportunity to welcome the world to Al Ain in 2022."

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The World Championships will be organised by the Zayed Higher Organisation, which focuses on providing services for people with disabilities.

"We have had the pleasure to partner with World Shooting Para Sport for many years, and we are thrilled to be awarded with the opportunity of hosting this historic event," said Zayed Higher Organisation executive director Abdulla Alkamali.

"The UAE is a very welcoming country that is home to 200 nationalities living in harmony, and we welcome the top athletes from all around the world to the UAE to compete in Al Ain for the title of world champion."

The last edition of the World Championships took place in the Australian capital Sydney in 2019 featuring 283 athletes from 55 countries.

It was the first World Championships to combine rifle, pistol and Para trap disciplines, and to feature events for vision impaired shooters.

Ukraine topped the medals table with 18 medals, including nine golds, and was followed by China and Italy.

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