Despite the political instability in Iraq, the disability national swimming team continues to practice in Baghdad on a regular basis.
The team has been actively training for several years now in the country’s capital, with swimmers having stepped up their training in advance of major competitions like the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal, Canada and last year’s Para Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. Jawad Kadhim Joudah, Hamzah Hameed Khamees, Mustafa Imad Hadi Al Husseini made up the team’s swimming delegation at those games, with Joudah picking up a silver for Iraq in the S6 men’s 100 meter backstroke. Joudah was his country’s sole representative in the pool at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London. In recent years, Iraq’s swimmers have also competed at national championships in Croatia and Russia.
Swimming in Baghdad saw a resurgence in 2008 after efforts by a number of groups to re-open pools that had been closed as a result of neglect and security concerns.