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Backing for Paralympians

Gulf Times, 6 September 2012: Hassan Ali bin Ali, chairman of the One Billion Strong initiative and honorary board member of the International Paralympic Committee has met with Qatar's Paralympic Team at the Paralympic Village in London.

He offered his support and encouragement to 24-year-old Paralympian Abdul Rahman Abdul Qader Abdul Rahman and said he greatly admired his achievements in upholding the Paralympic values of courage, inspiration, determination and equality.

Hassan Ali bin Ali said he was proud of Qatar's participation at the Games which clearly demonstrated his country's total commitment to the professional development of sport at every level.

He went on to say that Abdul Rahman was a role model for all young athletes with a disability and demonstrated that with proper support, hard work and coaching, athletes could achieve their full potential.

"Qatar had fortunately created an environment and sport's infrastructure to make that possible," he pointed out.

Hassan Ali Bin Ali also garnered the support of the Qatar Paralympic Team for the One Billion Strong initiative which strives to ensure that the full potential of all disabled persons is achieved everywhere in the world.

"By working together and supporting each other we can make a real difference to the lives of persons with disability and my work with the International Paralympic Committee demonstrated this," he added.

Earlier, Hassan Ali bin Ali attended a pre-Games opening reception at the Guildhall in the City of London, hosted by the British Prime Minister, Davis Cameron.

He was later presented to Queen Elizabeth and met with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a private reception held the President's Lounge at the Olympic Stadium just prior to the start of the opening ceremony.

Hassan Ali bin Ali, also presented medals at cycling Velodrome in the Olympic Park. In the men's cycling C4-5 1km time trial, he the awarded a gold medal to A Cabello of Spain who broke the world record with a time of 1 minute 5.947 seconds and silver and bronze medals to J Butterworth and X Liu respectively.

In the individual C1 3km Pursuit, Hassan Ali bin Ali awarded a gold medal to Mark Colbourne of Great Britain, who broke the world record with a time of 3 minutes 53.970 seconds. The silver medal went to Z Li of China and bronze medal went to R Lopez of Argentina.

Gulf Times 'Backing for Paralympians' article