In a follow up to an editorial published on Sunday on althawranews.net with comments by Fouad Qassem Barti that were critical of the Yemen Paralympic Committee (اللجنة البارالمبية اليمنية), the International Paralympic Commitee said via e-mail to ParaSport News today that Yemen became a provisional member of the organization in February, with the decision to be ratified later this year at a meeting of the General Assembly. The organization is currently in good standing.
The IPC representative clarified that until Yemen became a provisional member, Yemeni sportspeople were unable to compete in IPC sanctioned events. At the present time, the Yemen NPC is not the recipient of any Agitos Programmes, neither the Organisational Capacity funds nor as part of the Grant Support Programme.
At the present, Yemen’s male goalball team is ranked 63rd in the world, after first appearing in the September 2014 ranking where they ranked 62. They had their first international in August 2014 when they played in a tournament in Jordan. The first edition of the West Asian Para Games are scheduled to take place in December of this year in Khorfakkan City, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen along with the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq and Jordan have been invited to participate.
In the country’s history, Yemen has only sent representatives to one Paralympic Games. This was the 1992 Summer Paralympics in Barcelona, Spain. Yemen was represented by three athletes, A.M. Al-Hamdany, Said Al-Huribi and Shaif Al-Kawlany, who respectively competed in athletics, swimming and table tennis.