Muscat, 12th July 2018 - Eshraqa, Khimji Ramdas’ Social Development Arm and Oman Paralympic Committee, hosted a ceremony to welcome back the Oman Paralympic National Team who represented the Sultanate in Tunis World Para Athletes Grand Prix Series 2018. The Omani delegation including 8 athletes flew to Tunisia between 18 and 25 June 2018, competed among 20 other countries and came home with a total of 12 medals (2 Gold, 6 Silver and 4 Bronze).
The felicitation ceremony was held at the Ministry of Sports Affairs, Ruwi, on Thursday 12th July 2018 under the auspices and presenceof His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Humaid Al Ghabsh, Deputy Wali of Muscat. The event was also attended by Dr. Mansour Sultan Al- Touqi - President, Oman Paralympics Committee, Amit Tandon–Chief Financial Officer, KhimjiRamdas, Ali Bin Salim Al Jabri - MajlisA’Shura member, representing the Wilayat of Muscat, Abdul Karim Al Jabri - Municipal Councilor, Samail.
Congratulating the athletes on their achievement and applauding their triumph in Tunisia, Nailesh Khimji, Director Khimji Ramdas, said, “We are so proud of our athletes’ performance in Tunisia and honored to have contributed in making their participation possible.” He added “Eshraqa, Khimji Ramdas’ focus on health and community wellbeing is integral to our initiative, as is our desire for Oman’s continued success on the international sporting stage”.
Khimji Ramdas employee and leading Paralympic athlete Talib Al Balushi, who won a gold medal in short-put and a silver in discus-throw, is elated at the thought of representing the country and his organization at games being held all across the world.
He said: “It was a matter of great pride for the signal honour of representing my country and my organization at the games in Tunisia. We thank God first for granting us this triumph and Eshraqa – Khimji Ramdas for sponsoring our participation and making this achievement possible.”
Sonia Mustafa, coach for Oman’s Paralympic Team, said, “Representing one’s country on the international stage is the highlight of any athlete’s career. On behalf of Oman’s Paralympic Team, I thank Eshraqa - KhimjiRamdas for making this possible – it is truly a profound honour for those participating”. She added “I take this opportunity to call upon all other conglomerates and companies to follow in Eshraqa’s footsteps and support the national athletes, especially the Paralympic.”
The athletes who participated in the Tunis World Para Athletes Grand Prix Series 2018 were: Mohammed Al-Mashaykhi, Fawzi al-Hubeishi, Raya al Abri, Talib Al Balushi, Mohammed Al Qasimi, Taha Harrasi, Sara Al Anburi & Qusai Al Rawahi.