Nov 6, 2022 09:17
Al Ain 2022: Paralympic stars headline World Championships field

Eight edition of the Worlds will see 271 athletes from 54 nations competing in 27 medal events and 31 qualification quotas to Paris 2024 up for grabs in UAE

Al Ain, the oasis city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), gears up to host the biggest shooting Para sport event of the year – the World Championships 2022 – with a galaxy of stars including Paralympic champions to headline the field from 6 to 17 November. 

The Al Ain 2022 will be the eighth edition of the Shooting Para Sport World Championships, the third in Asia (after Seoul 2002 and Cheongju 2018, both in South Korea) and the first in the Middle East.

After successful hosting of the World Cups in the past, the Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club in Al Ain is ready to welcome now 271 athletes from 54 nations that include 198 male and 73 female athletes.


Paris 2024 quotas

The event, organized by Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination, also marks the first major event in the road to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games and will offer 31 Paralympic quotas to the participating countries.

The competition programme will feature 27 medal events with the Para trap and vision impaired (VI) shooting events included for the second time in a World Championships programme (the first was in Sydney 2019, the last edition of the Worlds).

The R3 - mixed 10m air rifle prone SH1 will be the first gold medal up for grabs on Sunday (6 November).

Iran’s star pistol shooter Sareh Javanmardi (a three-time world and three-time Paralympic champion), Serbia’s Dragan Ristic, Swedish rifle shooter Philip Jonsson, all of them Paralympic champions, are other names to watch out for alongside Beijing 2008 champion Yunri Lee who had two gold medals, including a world record, at the Changwon 2022 World Cup in August.





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