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.
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.