Dubai, UAE: Dr Nasser Abdel Aziz Saleh, Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Special Olympics - Middle East and North Africa (SOMENA) and head of the Saudi Arabian delegation to the Paralympics Games, has lauded the success of London 2012 and praised the enthusiasm of the public to attend the various competitions.
In an article on the official website of the UAE National Olympic Committee, Dr Nasser says: “The breaking of 79 Olympic records in the London Games reflects the high technical level and clearly illustrates that all players who participated were carefully prepared over the past years.” He pointed out that disabled sport in the Gulf Cooperation Council region lacked early and professional preparation, logistical support and qualified coaches.
“If such factors are integrated in the next phase, the GCC disabled sports will occupy a prominent place.” He noted that the UAE’s achievement of three gold, one silver and one bronze medal was a source of pride for all GCC nationals. He said: "The great attention the UAE officials pay to the disabled sports will have a positive bearing in the near future.”
The head of the Saudi delegation praised the significant role played by the UAE Disabled Sports Federation, chaired by Mohamed Mohamed Fadel Al Hamli, to create the appropriate environment for the heroes to make their mark at world level.
He explained: “The GCC is ready to organise Paralympics Games, thanks to the infrastructure and capabilities they enjoy, and we look forward to seeing a Paralympic Games in one of the GCC countries.”