Abu Dhabi’s Al Ain city will host the 8th edition of the World Shooting Para Sport Championships in November 2022.
It will be the first time the competition will be hosted in the Middle East and the third World Championships to be staged in Asia after Seoul 2002 and Cheongju 2018, both in South Korea.
Al Ain Equestrian
The Al Ain Equestrian Shooting & Golf Club will be the venue of the 2022 event. It has hosted the Para sport shooting World Cups annually since 2015. The venue has also hosted many international able-bodied shooting events including the 2019 ISSF Shotgun World Cup Final and the 2014 Asian Shotgun Championships.
The Al Ain 2022 World Championships will be organized by the Zayed Higher Organization for persons with disabilities.
“It is fantastic news for the shooting Para sport family that Al Ain will host the first ever World Championships in the Middle East. This will be the first major event after the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and an important step in the build-up to Paris 2024. The Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club and the Zayed Higher Organization have been a valuable partner of the sport for almost a decade and have built up a reputation for hosting excellent shooting Para sport events. We are thrilled to award UAE the opportunity to welcome the World to Al Ain in 2022.”
Abdulla Alkamali, Executive Director of the Zayed Higher Organization said, “In the 50th year since the United Arab Emirates has declared independence, and with the announcement of the successful arrival of the Hop Probe to orbit Planet Mars, we are honored to host the 2022 World Championship in Al Ain filled with hope that the world becomes safer, and the successful participation of all the athletes from all around the world.”
“We have had the pleasure to partner with World Shooting Para Sport for many years, and we are thrilled to be awarded with the opportunity of hosting this historic event. The UAE is a very welcoming country that is home to 200 nationalities living in harmony, and we welcome the top athletes from all around the world to the UAE to compete in Al Ain for the title of World Champion,” added Mr. Alkamali.
The last edition of the World Championships took place in Sydney, Australia in 2019 with 283 athletes from 55 countries.