Sheikh Mohammed welcomes paralympic athletes back to the UAE

The 12-member squad returned with a gold, silver and bronze

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, received members of the UAE paralympic team on Wednesday.

In an online post, Sheikh Mohammed made special mention of UAE Paralympic gold medallist Abdulla Al Aryani and Mohamed Al Hammadi, who won a silver and bronze in the T34 wheelchair 800m and 100m.

Sheikh Mohammed spoke of their Emirati enthusiasm, and praised them for raising the UAE flag during the Tokyo event, referring to them as 'heroes'.

“We are proud of your achievements and the medals you have won at the Tokyo Paralympic Games," he said.

"You have not only raised the UAE’s profile in the international sports arena, but have also shown that hard work, dedication and perseverance are key to success.

"Your accomplishments will serve as an inspiration to others seeking to achieve their goals.”

Al Aryani, 51, had previously spoken of the difficulty of competing under strict Covid-19 protocols and dedicated his medal to the UAE's rulers.

The UAE won three medals from a squad of 12 at the Tokyo Paralympics.

Al Aryani, 51, put the nation on the list of gold-medal winners after winning in the men's 50m SH1 rifle competition.

Al Aryani, who won gold in London in 2012, went on to win a second in Tokyo, not long after Al Hammadi won bronze in the men's 100m T34 competition.

Al Hammadi also added the men’s 800m T34 silver to the country's medal tally.

Among the women, a Paralympic record effort from Noura Al Ketbi did not prove enough in a narrow miss for a fourth medal. The Emirati hurled a Games best throw for 6.49-metre in the F32 women’s shot put but three rivals all delivered world record efforts to take the podium.

Updated: September 9th 2021, 12:02 PM