The Iraqi national shooting team is in the middle of a two week long national training camp at Iraq’s Ministry of Youth and Sports (Arabic: وزارة الشباب والرياضة) Paralympic facility. The camp is scheduled to wrap up on Monday.
The national team training camp is being held in advance of and in preparation for an IPC Shooting World Cup scheduled to get underway next Saturday in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Three Iraqi shooters will be competing at the World Cup, including Hussein Al-Alil. For a number of Arab countries, this is an development important event because they have the opportunity to get their shooters classified internationally at an event that takes place relatively close to home.
Farah Abdul Karim, who has been an important component of the Iraqi team in the past, has had to miss camp as a result of health issues in the past three months.
Iraq is currently enjoying some success with shooting sports internationally. Archery is one of the sports where Iraq has already qualified for the 2016 Summer Paralympics, after Jawad Al-Musawi had an upset win against Italy’s Roberto Airoldi at the 2015 World Archery Para Championships in the men’s recurve open. The win secured Iraq’s spot.