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Running Clinic Saudi Arabia 2017
For the first time the Running Clinic took place in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Supported by ASICS, the General Sports Authority (GSA) and the Paralympic Committee of Saudi Arabia, 14 amputees have been coached by Heinrich Popow, who won gold at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games . The event location was the Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Olympic Complex which had been provided by the GSA.
Ottobock Running Clinics are organized worldwide and offer participants the opportunity to try the latest technology in sports prosthesis, the Ottobock 3S80 knee and sprinter foot, under the expert tuition of Heinrich Popow.
Every participant had its own reason to attend the Running Clinic. Complete beginners who were interested in what kind of activities they can realize with a prosthesis, experienced athletes who were eager to learn from a world champion how to improve their technique and competitiveness and others who just want to run with friends or play with their kids at home.
The youngest in the field has been the 6 year old Malek. His father told us how much he enjoyed the event and that his son has been so delighted after the first training session with Heinrich Popow that he refused to take off his prosthesis at home later on.
As part of the Running Clinic there has been an excursion to the famous Kingdom Tower with its sky bridge as well as a visit of the King Fahad Medical City (KFMC), Saudi Arabia’s largest medical facility. Furthermore a show run has been organized at the Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Olympic Complex were Abdullah Al Fifi, Saudi Paralympic Champion, competed with Heinrich Popow.
The end of the Running Clinic has been crowned by a medal ceremony where Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal, Deputy Sports Minister of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Abdulrahman Al Othman, CEO of the Paralympic Committee of Saudi Arabia (SAPC), honored all participants.