The UAE’s weightlifting star Aisha Al Balushi, arrived in Rio to join her compatriots competing in the Rio Olympic Games from 5th to 21st August.
Aisha, who is the ninth UAE athlete set to compete in the Games, stated that she aims to present a correct image of women’s sports in the UAE and the huge support accorded to the sport. She revealed that her aim would be to achieve and represent the country in the best possible shape.
She noted that her training period was very good, but short. She confirmed that she had recovered from a knee injury, thanks to the balance maintained between training and rest by her coach. However, she noted that other athletes had started their preparations four years ago, rendering it difficult for her to compete against countries established in this discipline. But she still vowed to make a decent show of it.
She further added that the raising of the state flag by swimmer Nada Al Badwawi in the opening parade is a clear message to the world about the engagement of the UAE’s women in all events.
Rida Ayaashi, coach of the UAE weightlifting team, said that the Asian Games in Tashkent had groomed seven strong female weightlifters, but Aisha Al Balushi was entrusted with the honour of representing the nation, and is worthy of proving her merit on 8th August.
At the Georgia camp, they focussed on personal discipline and capitalised on the advanced level achieved by the talented Aisha, he continued.
“We do not want to proclaim that we will win a medal, but what we have achieved so far is great for the UAE’s weightlifting discipline as the team has qualified for the second time for the Olympics. If this continues, we will not be far away from a coronation in that event. All athletes who have arrived in Rio are continuing their daily training in stadia and their stay in the village is a smooth experience,” he said.
Meanwhile, Khaled Al Kaabi and bin Fettais continued training for the shooting events. The UAE Ambassador Khalid Khalifa Al Mualla was present at the shooting range along with Nasir Ghareeb, UAE NOC Technical Director. The UAE Chef De Mission thanked Al Mualla and the diplomatic corps for their support.
The UAE shooter Saif bin Fettais concluded the final preparations in the shooting ranges, which will be closed for formal training from 11th August and is getting ready for the skeet events on 12th & 13th August, together with Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum, who will arrive in Rio on 7th August. […]
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