The student at the Department of Computing in the UQU Applied College and a member of Saudi Arabia's Special Needs Athletics Team, Abdul-Rahman Al-Qurashi, won the bronze medal in the 100m wheelchair race within the athletics competitions of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, making a national sporting achievement at the world level.
The UQU President, Prof. Moaddi bin Muhammad Aal Madh-hab, congratulated the member of the athletic team for obtaining this medal and his excellence in representing the Saudi Kingdom globally. He praised the keenness of the wise leadership for promoting sports activities among the university community and for the attention paid to develop the skills of the national youth. This is in addition to enabling them to participate in sports competitions and achieve excellence at the regional and international levels.
On his part, Al-Qurashi said that his participation in the Paralympic Games was preceded by several years of preparations under the supervision of the team coach, who continued to follow up on his training remotely during the coronavirus pandemic. He extended his thanks to the Minister of Sports, His Royal Highness Abdul-Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, for his keenness and close follow up to learn about the new developments in the field of training and the extent of the student's readiness for the competitions, a matter which resulted in him obtaining this medal. He also expressed his joy with the sports sector and his appreciation for the blessings of his fellow students to accomplish this achievement.
It is worth mentioning that Al-Qurashi achieved advanced positions in various international competitions; he won the second place, the silver medal, in the 100m World Championship and the third place in the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, being the first-ever Saudi to gain such an achievement in the wheelchair race.