British minister meets Qatari Paralympians

November 09, 2012 - 4:26:49 am

The British Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt, with Qatari athletes at the Qatar National Paralympic Committee.

Doha: The British Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt, visited the Qatar National Paralympic Committee recently and joined Qatar’s athletes on a training session, highlighting the role that all nations should play to support disability sport and create more open and inclusive societies.

Among the athletes were Abdulrahman Abdul Qader Abdulrahman, Qatar’s London 2012 Paralympians and two female athletes.

Burt, who was also Minister for Disabled People from 1995-97 and played a critical role in passing UK’s 1996 Disability Discrimination Act, said: “I am delighted to be here at the Qatar National Paralympic Committee and to meet Qatari athletes who are showing great dedication to their training. They are an inspiration to us all.”

He said the UK is a stronger place because it value all members of the community – including those with disabilities. 

“We have one of the most diverse and tolerant societies in the world and are proud of the great strides we have made in the last 50 years to promote the rights of disabled people. This year London 2012 offered inspiration to the new generation and raised the bar for disability sport,” Burt said.

He said Qatar has demonstrated a long-term commitment to promote sport as reflected by its success at the London 2012 Games.

“We want to strengthen the sporting ties between Qatar and the UK, and we look forward to working with our friends in Qatar and sharing the experience and expertise that we gained in London 2012 to support Qatar’s preparations for the 2022 World Cup.”

Abdul Qader Al Mutawa, Assistant Secretary General of the Qatar Paralympic Committee, said: ‘We thank the Minister for his visit to the Qatar Paralympic Committee,” emphasising the well-organised Olympic and Paralympic Games in London 2012. 

He also said London 2012 was the most successful tournament, in terms of attendance, and most impressive new world records were set at these Games.

The Peninsula