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Iraqi athletics competitors training in Jadiriyah for Paralympic qualifying campaign

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Iraq shot put competitors training in Jadiriyah. Image credit: قسم الاعلام/اللجنة البارالمبية العراقية Media iraq npc

With the 8th FAZAA IPC Athletics Grand Prix scheduled to take place in late March, the Iraqi athletics team has been in training this week in Jadiriyah at Baghdad University in preparation for the event.  Both the camp and the event are part of the country’s Rio qualifying campaign, with the country is hoping to improve on its 2012 medal performance.  At those Games, Iraq won 3 medals, two of them from track and field.

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Most of the competitors are camp were throwing specialists, who participate in shot put, discus and javelin events.  Most of the participants were in the T40s and T50s classification ranges.

Iraq has some depth internationally in this area, with eight male competitors ranked in throwing disciplines.   This includes Mahdi Al-Saadi, Jabbar Al-Azzawi, Garrah Tnaiash, Wildan Nukhailawi, Kovan Abdulraheem, Hasan Al-Ameri, Adnan Kumer and Mohammed Al-Majdawee. Al-Saadi is currently ranked number one in the world in the Men’s Shot Put F13.  Other top ranked international competitors include Tnaiash who is ranked first in the Men’s Shot Put F40 and Al-Azzawi is ranked first in the Men’s Javelin F35.

Laura Hale
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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.

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