Saudi Arabia at the Paralympics

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Saudi Arabia at the Paralympic Games

Flag of Saudi Arabia
IPC code  KSA
NPC Paralympic Committee of Saudi Arabia
Paralympic history
Summer Games

Saudi Arabia made its Paralympic Games début at the 1996 Summer Paralympics in Atlanta, with two competitors in powerlifting. The country has participated in every subsequent edition of the Summer Paralympics, but has never entered the Winter Paralympics. All Saudis have competed in athletics or powerlifting.[1]

Saudi Arabia has won a total of two medals, both through Osamah Alshanqiti in 2008. Alshanqiti was the Kingdom's first Paralympic champion when he set a world record of 15.37m in the triple jump, F12 category. His other medal was a silver in the long jump, with a result of 7.06m, behind South Africa's Hilton Langenhoven (7.31m).[2]

Saudi Arabia has only ever sent male athletes to compete in the Paralympics, as women in the country are barred from taking part in international sports events. There has reportedly been some pressure on the country to allow women competitors for the 2012 Games,[3] but when a delegation of Saudi Arabia's Disabled Sports Federation Powerlifting Team visited the facilities for the London Games in 2009, its athletes were all men.[4]

Medal tables[edit]

Medals by Summer Games[edit]

Games Athletes Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
1996 Atlanta 2 0 0 0 0
2000 Sydney 4 0 0 0 0
2004 Athens 6 0 0 0 0
2008 Beijing 3 1 1 0 2 48
2012 London 4 0 1 0 1 67
Total 1 2 0 3 75

Medals by Summer sport[edit]

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
Athletics 1 2 0 3 73
Total 1 2 0 3

See also[edit]