2014 Rachel Corrie Ramadan Football /Table Tennis Tournament for the Disabled

Friends,

Finally we did it !  It was the most successful tournament organized this year by Al Basma Club for the Disabled. Today we have finished this well-organized tournament.  Around 160 athletes took part in the tournament with many physically disabled athletes of all types taking part. Competitions were so great and around 15 club and associations participated. The closing ceremony were so good with a great turnout and the positive effect of the tournament could really be seen on all the faces of our participating athletes, their families and the audience! It will be an event talked about for a long time to come. Please read our report below for all the details.

On behalf of all the organizers and personnel of the 2014 Rachel Corrie Tournament for Disabled here in Gaza  I wish to thank all of the donors who made possible this fantastic and powerful community event.

Eid Shaqura
Chairman
Al Basma Club for the Disabled.

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Eid Shaqura (second from left) and honorary guest, Jean Calder, Dean of Faculty of Capacity Building in Red Crescent Society (center) assist in presenting Muhammad Shaat from Al Hilal Club his award for “First Rank/ Wheelchair User” in the Table Tennis event.

Administrative Report on the First Rachel Corrie Football/ Table Tennis Tournament for Athletes with Disabilities 2014

The Rachel Corrie Football/ Table Tennis Tournament for Athletes with Disabilities is considered one of the most successful tournament organized for athletes with disabilities in Gaza. The tournament was organized by Al Basma Club for Disabled (ABCD) in coordination with Palestine Paralympic Committee “PPC” the umbrella of sport for persons with disabilities. In addition the tournament was technically supervised by the Palestinian Sport Federation for Deaf and the Palestinian Table Tennis Federation for Persons with Disabilities.

It is worth noting that results of the tournament have been endorsed by both PPC and other official Football and Table Tennis sport federations for the year 2014 as it is the first tournament held after the end of war in Gaza.

The timing of the tournament played an important role in shedding the light in the International Disabled Day 3th of December. Around 160 athletes both males and females representing 15 clubs and associations participated in the tournament such as:

1-  Palestine Paralympic Committee

2-  Palestinian Sport Federation for Deaf

3- Palestinian Table Tennis Federation for Persons with Disabilities

4-  Al Basma Club for Disabled

5-  Al Salam Club for Persons with Disabilities

6- Al Amal Club for Deaf

7- Shabab Canada Club

8-  Al Hilal Club for Disabled

9-  Club for Deer Al Balah Association for Rehabilitation

10- Al Sadaqa Sport Club

11- Al Jazeera Sport Club

12- Al Shija’iyya Union’s Club

13- Sport Union Club

Football Tournament for the Deaf

Six teams participated this year. Al Amal Club for Deaf in Rafah has worked hard to achieve the first rank of the football tournament for deaf, while Al Hilal made a strong effort and to earn the second rank.

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All Football Tournament Photos

Table Tennis Tournament for the Disabled

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Na’ila Basuni from Al Basma Club receives her award for placing first in the Deaf Women’s category.

All Table Tennis Photos Here

Around 50 athletes with disabilities took part in the Table Tennis tournament including deaf, Polio, Wheelchair users, amputees and those with other disabilities”. Female deaf athletes also participated in the tournament and results came as follows:

1- Muhammad Shaat from Al Hilal Club “First Rank/ Wheelchair user”

2- Ahmad Gweider from Al Salam Club “Second Rank Wheelchair user”

3- Iyad Ghabin from Al Salam Club (Classification 6-7-8/ Standing First Rank”

4- Iyad Al Geish from Al Sadaqa Sport Club (Classification 6-7-8/ Standing second Rank)

5- Rami Shabana from Al Hilal Club (Classification 9-10 standing First Rank)

6- Salah Hassuna from Al Salam Club (Classification 9-10 standing Second Rank)

7- Mahmud Saleh from Al Basma Club (Deaf/ first rank)

8- Ibrahim Weeshah from Al Basma Club (Deaf/ second rank)

9- Na’ila Basuni from Al Basma Club (Female Deaf/ First Rank)

10- Amira Abdelhadi from Al Basma Club (Female Deaf/ Second Rank).

Closing ceremony

Lots of people have attended the closing ceremony for the First Rachel Corrie Football/ Table Tennis Tournament. Memorial plaques and other presents have been distributed for the winners. Some dignitaries attended the ceremony such as:

1- Jean Calder (Dean of Faculty of Capacity Building in Red Crescent Society”

2- Jihad Abu Hattab (Director of Red Crescent Society in Khanyounis)

3- Kamel Abu Al Hassan (Head of PPC)

4- Kamal Al Ghul (Head of Table Tennis Federation)

5- Eid Shaqura (Head of Al Basma Club)

6- Muhammad El Arabi (Head of Al Salam Club)

7- Adnan Abu Al Sau’d (Coordinator of Rachel Corrie Tournament in Rafah)

8- Other ABCD board of director members.

Tournament Goals Realized:

1- Activating the sport for persons with disabilities especially after the war on Gaza

2- Celebrating the International Disabled Day

3- Enhancing the participation of deaf women in sport

4- Supporting the clubs of athletes with disabilities

5- Building relations with the different sport entities

6- Achieving entertainment

7- Psychological support and relieving stress

8- Officially endorsing the tournament results

9- Encouraging other persons with disabilities to practice sport

10- Meeting with new athletes and gain athletic experience from competion

Media coverage

The activities of the tournament have been documented by photos and video tapes. Many sport and other related websites have linked to, and shared our activities. We invite you to use these links below to view photos and video from the event.

www.basma-club.ps

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.683570838407354.1073742011.104635386300905&type=1