First in Cairo

Abeer Anwar , Tuesday 5 Mar 2024

Cairo hosted the first Afro-Arab Sitting Volleyball Clubs Championship. Abeer Anwar was in the stands

Iraqi club Wissam Al Majd won the first Afro-Arab Sitting Volleyball Championship,
Iraqi club Wissam Al Majd won the first Afro-Arab Sitting Volleyball Championship,

 

Iraqi club Wissam Al Majd won the first Afro-Arab Sitting Volleyball Championship, 

In the tournament, held at Cairo Stadium Indoor Hall from 27 February-4 March, Al Majd defeated Al-Mustaqbal Beni Ghazi of Libya in the final 3-1.

Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh took third place after beating Egypt’s Eastern Company 3-0 in the third and fourth place match.

Saudia’s Al-Madinah Al Monawara ranked fifth after defeating AS Salawia 3-2 while Rwanda’s Gisagara claimed seventh place after defeating Algeria’s Mohamed Boudiaf 3-0.  

Twelve teams participated in the tournament held under the auspices of Egyptian Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhi. They represented clubs from Iraq, Morocco, Rwanda, Nigeria and Egypt, each participating with one team. Algeria and Saudi Arabia participated with two teams and Libya three.

Fahd Nayef Al-Faqir, president of the Arab ParaVolley Committee, sponsored the first edition of the tournament, accommodating teams to help in spreading ParaVolley. “I am very happy to see all these players and teams having the chance to gather and compete not only from the Arab countries, but from the African countries as well. It is a good chance to exchange experiences and to create joy in the lives of the heroes who challenged themselves to provide us with an example and a model to follow in overcoming disability and enjoying life.”

Al-Faqir also announced that the second edition of the tournament will be held next year in Saudi Arabia and that he would work hard to make it a yearly event to give a chance to all ParaVolley players to compete and showcase their talents.

The tournament was also attended by Lori Okimura, president of World ParaVolley, who was eager to meet the players, coaches and referees and hear to any complaints, experiences and challenges they faced. She also attended a coaching seminar held alongside the championship.

Okimura thanked Al-Faqir for his “generous invitation and sponsorship of the tournament.

“It is wonderful to be here in the historic and beautiful country of Egypt where ParaVolley is thriving. It is also great to see people like Al-Faqir who works hard for the sake of persons with disabilities. It is a great event and I am happy to be part of it.” She thanked Ehab Hassanein, president of ParaVolley African and the Arab Federation for Disability Sports, for making the championship a success.

The winner of the tournament was awarded LE150,000 and the second- place winner LE100,000 while third and fourth place teams each took LE50,000.

Kamel Hussein Abdel-Azim from Eastern Tobacco was selected best receiver. Best spiker was Fouad Abdel-Karim from Wissam Al Majd, and best hitter Muhammad Al-Hanawi, for Al-Mustaqbal Beni Ghazi.

The best blocker was Riyadh club player Muhammad Al-Qahtani, and best server Hisham Salah Al-Din, also from Riyadh. Best libero was Muhammad Idan from Iraqi Wisam Al-Majd.

Riyadh’s Musa Saad was crowned the best player.


* A version of this article appears in print in the 7 March, 2024 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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