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Iraq national swimming continues training

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Iraq national swimming team at the pool in Baghdad. Image credit: قسم الاعلام/اللجنة البارالمبية العراقية Media iraq npC

Despite the political instability in Iraq, the disability national swimming team continues to practice in Baghdad on a regular basis.



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Jawad Kadhim Joudah. Image credit: 2014 Para Asian Games

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.

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Iraqi swimmers prepare to get in the water during training. Image credit:
قسم الاعلام/اللجنة البارالمبية العراقية Media iraq npc


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.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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