The Championship was held from November 15-18, 2021 in Dubai and it offered people of determination a chance to compete with each other in a friendly spirit and express themselves through sport.
The championship had participants from 9 countries including China, Korea, Iraq and other Asian nationalities.
Khaled Hatem Elsayed, AU student from the College of Pharmacy and person of determination who participated in the championship said, “It was a unique opportunity for me to connect with other people of determination from different countries and learn to communicate with them. Although they had different challenges, due to which they were on a wheelchair, I could understand and relate to them.”
“The most inspiring thing was to see their sporting spirit, zest for life and the smile on their faces when they won a prize. Even when someone didn’t win, they participated with gusto and showed great satisfaction about their efforts,” added Khaled.
A brilliant student who scored 98.7% in his grade 12 exams, Khaled has a rare condition which makes his bones ‘fragile as glass’. The condition was discovered after he injured himself at the age of 10 during a football match.
That didn’t stop him from pursuing his dreams however, adds Khaled. “I appreciate the support that Ajman University and my professors have provided me in achieving success in my student life. Despite all the facilities I am provided, everyone at AU treats me like a normal individual and I feel part of the mainstream. We joke, learn and spend time together in an amazing environment that is highly inclusive and respectful of each individual regardless of their physical ability,” says Khalid.
The biggest message from the championship is the hope and love for life that people of determination including myself possess, concluded Khaled.