A women’s only para-table tennis competition wrapped in a few days ago in the United Arab Emirates. The competition attracted table tennis players from around the country, and was open to players with hearing impairments, physical impairments and intellectual disabilities.
Among the participants were 20 deaf women. In the deaf competition, Najat Ahmed, Susan Al-Yousef, and Shirin Naim were among the women who won medals.
The table tennis competition was part of a broader effort nationally to increase the number of women participating in disability sports. The goal is to generally increase quality of life for women in the country, and to also identify women who have the potential to represent the United Arab Emirates internationally.