Gaza disabled athletes prepare for London Paralympics

10:40, July 18, 2011      

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Mohamed Fanuna, a Palestinian disabled athlete from Gaza, has extended his training hours to evening to prepare for the 2012 London Paralympics.

Fanuna, who suffers disability in both of his legs and has lost part of his sight, is one of the eight-member Palestinian team bound for London.

"We train day and night in order to reach the highest level," said the 25-year-old who will compete in long jump and javelin in the Paralympics.

The team members meet everyday at al-Jazeera Sports Club in Gaza.

Fanuna's teammate Elian Zatoneya, who suffered partial loss of his sight, aims to win a medal in London.

"I dream to win one of the top three places in London Paralympics," he said.

"I never think disability is an obstacle."

Ali Nazli, chairman of the disabled persons' union in Gaza, said the Palestinian team will compete in 10 events in London.

"We need equipment and special facilities for the disabled athletes," he said.

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