National teams of Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon and UAE partook in the event along with 100 volunteers from various UAE universities.
Under the auspice of H.H. Sheikha Rawda Bent Zayed Al Nahayan, the championship was held at the “Al Ain” court. National teams of KSA, Syria, Lebanon and UAE partook in the event along with 100 volunteers from various UAE universities.
In a show of spectacularly, reflecting the genuine, traditional legacy of the UAE, the opening ceremonies were held stirring the admiration of the spectators.
Regional President, Ayman Abdel Wahab of SOMENA, attended the ceremonies along with Chairman Mohammad Fadel Al Hameli of SO UAE, H.H. Sheikha Rawda Bent Zayed Al Nahayan’s representative Fatima Al Shamsi and SO UAE Initiatives Manager Mariam Al Qubaisi.
On behalf of the UAE Federation for the Special Needs Sports, Chairman Al Hameli delivered a speech expressing his pleasure over hosting the first volleyball championship in the city of Al Ain.
“It is such an honor for the championship to be named after H.H. Sheikha Rawda Bent Zayed Al Nahayan. H.H. has never spared any efforts to strongly support special needs’ sports, and has always contributed generously to providing the necessary needs of athletes in a manner that has outstandingly helped in enhancing their performance and furnishing them with good opportunities to display their skills by competing with the world’s best champions,” Al Hameli said.
About Samar El Shahat: I work for Special Olympics at its Middle East North Africa office in Cairo, Egypt.