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International teams prepare for the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Stoke Mandeville Stadium
In August Stoke Mandeville Stadium will be hosting two international training camps for the Saudi Arabian Paralympic team and the United Arab Emirates Paralympic team. The teams will use the stadium’s facilities to help the athletes prepare for the much-anticipated London 2012 Paralympic Games.
- The Saudi Arabian Paralympic team, which made its Paralympic Games debut at the Atlanta Summer Paralympics in 1996, has won a total of two medals to date
- The three athletes and four officials arrived on 3rd August and will train at the stadium for three weeks before leaving for the Olympic Village in London
- On 4th August 11 athletes (seven male and four female), two male powerlifters and 21 officials from the United Arab Emirates’ Paralympic team descended on Stoke Mandeville Stadium
- The United Arab Emirates Paralympic team has won a total of nine medals and made its Paralympics debut at the 1992 Summer Paralympics in Barcelona
Majid Rashed, Secretary General of the NPC.UAE, said:
We’re very much looking forward to training at Stoke Mandeville Stadium ahead of the long awaited London 2012 Paralympic Games. The stadium offers a high level of equipment and quality service. The athletes will find this training time extremely beneficial to their Paralympic preparations.
Dr Nasser Al Saleh, Secretary General of the Saudi Arabian National Special Needs Sports Federation, said:
Our teams have used Stoke Mandeville Stadium’s sporting facilities for many years now, and we are always more than satisfied with the facilities and support. This is a very exciting time for us and we’re all eager to get to the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Ian Seabrook, Business Development Manager at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, said:
We’re extremely pleased that both the Saudi Arabian Paralympic team and the United Arab Emirates Paralympic team have chosen to train at Stoke Mandeville Stadium before the London 2012 Paralympic Games. We hope our fantastic facilities and services will benefit their athletes and help to give them a greater chance of winning a Paralympic medal.