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Qatar Olympic Committee announces 2023 Sport Events calendar

DOHA- The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) announced its calendar of the sport events for the year 2023. The new year calendar will see 81 sport events, including 14 major international sport events.

Qatar Volleyball Association (QVA) will host the calendar’s first sport event in 2023, which is King of the Court Finals (Beach Volleyball) in January and followed by Beach Pro Tour Finals. In February, the QVA will also host the 2023 Beach Volleyball Word Pro Tour-Elite 16

The Qatar Tennis, Squash and Badminton Federation continues its record of successful organization of annual professional tennis events, in February 2023 they will organize Qatar ExxonMobil Open from the and Qatar TotalEnergies Open from.

This calendar will see four major international sport events in March, as Qatar Gymnastics Federation will organize Artistic Gymnastics World Cup 2023. The Qatar Golf Association will host the 37th edition of Qatar Open Amateur Championship, the Qatar Shooting & Archery Association will stage 2023 ISSF World-shotgun and the Qatar Tennis, Squash and Badminton will organize the Ooredoo Qatar Major Padel Championship.

International sports events will continue flowing into the capital of sports Doha in May 2023, where the IJF World Judo Championship will take place from at Ali bin Hamad Al-Attiyah Arena.

Moreover, Doha will host more international sport events in 2023, Qatar Basketball Federation will organize FIBA 3×3 World Tour-Doha. In addition, the Qatar Tennis, Squash and Badminton will host Qatar QTerminals Classic Squash Tournament at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex.

This 2023 sports calendar contains 23 international championships, most prominent of them, Longines World Show Jumping Champions Tours, The Qualifying tournament for the Paris 2024 Olympics in show jumping, the 28th edition of Qatar International Table Tennis Championship, The 2023 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Golf Championship, Qatar Fencing Grand Prix – Epee, Qatar Grand Prix (Shotgun), Inaugural leg of FIP’s Official Padel Tour, Doha Diamond League , the 3rd edition of Qatar International Taekwondo Open Championship, Qatar International Ice Hockey Open Championship, and Qatar International Weightlifting Cup (Grand Prix ).

On Asian level, the calendar is packed with 17 Asian sports events, including, FIBA Asia Cup 2025 Pre-Qualifiers, Asia professional Golf Tour, West Asia Men’s Athletics Championship, FIBA U16 Asian Championship from, Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy, West Asia Men’s Squash Championship, Asian Handball Qualifications for 2024 Olympic Games, and Asian Padel Championship.

On Arab level, there are four championships to be staged in Doha, including Doha Stars Artistic Gymnastic Championship, Arab Squash Championship (Singles – Teams), Arab Padel Tournament, and Arab Judo Championship 2023.

On GCC level, Doha will be the host city of five sport events, including the ninth edition of the 2023 GCC Sports Tournament for Universities and Higher Education Institutions, GCC Squash Championship (Singles and teams), GCC 3×3 U16 Basketball Championship, GCC 3×3 Basketball Championship from, GCC Padel Championship, and GCC Billiard and Snooker Championship.

In addition, the newly-released calendar includes a big number of local and community events such as: Qatar Basketball Cup Final, National Sport Day, QOC Challenge Championship (CrossFit), QOC Beach Games, Qatar Volleyball Cup final, the closing ceremony of Olympic Schools Program, HH the Amir Volleyball Cup final, Qatar Handball Cup Final, HH the Amir Handball Cup, HH the Amir Basketball Cup final, World Olympic Day, Sport Excellency Awards, The Flag Relay, as well as the Amir Football Cup final, Qatar Football Cup Final and H.H. The Emir Sword Equestrian Festival.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

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UAE leaders send New Year greetings to world leaders

President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent cables of congratulations to Their Highnesses and Majesties, presidents, kings and princes of friendly countries around the world, on the occasion of the New Year, 2023.

President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed wished them good health, and their peoples more progress and prosperity.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has also dispatched similar cables to the leaders and prime ministers of friendly countries.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation

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CGTN: New journey of the new era: China charts course for modernization

BEIJING, Dec. 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — For more than a century, China has tirelessly pursued modernization — from “Revitalize China” to the “four modernizations” goal launched after the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, referring to agriculture, industry, defense and science.

Now modernization is no longer simply a dream for the Chinese people. In 2022, China’s leadership unveiled its blueprint for building a modern socialist China in all respects featuring a unique Chinese path.

“An ambitious blueprint has been drawn for building a modern socialist country in all respects and advancing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation on all fronts through a Chinese path to modernization, sounding a clarion call of the times for us forging ahead on a new journey,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said in his New Year address on Saturday.

Toward Chinese modernization

In October, Chinese modernization, a key term defining China’s journey to rejuvenation, was for the first time written into a report to the National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Chinese modernization has elements that are universal to all modernization processes but is characterized by features that are unique to the Chinese context.

President Xi has underscored the unique features of Chinese modernization: the modernization of a huge population, of common prosperity for all, of material and cultural-ethical advancement, of harmony between humanity and nature, and of peaceful development.

China is working to achieve modernization for more than 1.4 billion people, a number larger than the combined population of all developed countries in the world today.

With the steady growth of its own economy, China champions common prosperity to ensure that everyone receives a fair share of its economic success and to reduce inequality. According to the Blue Book of Common Prosperity, China’s index of common prosperity increased by 79.3 percent from 24.67 in 2013 to 44.23 in 2020.

While continuing to consolidate the material foundation for modernization and improve the material conditions for people’s well-being, China is striving to develop advanced socialist culture, foster strong ideals and convictions, and carry forward China’s cultural heritage. China now has 43 items on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list, the highest number in the world.

Guided by the new development philosophy featuring innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development, China in 2022 continued to be a leading growth engine for the world economy. The International Monetary Fund forecast that China’s economy would grow at 3.2 percent in 2022, aligning with the global projected pace.

As the Chinese leadership has pledged many times, the country has stayed committed to peaceful development. The Global Security Initiative launched in April is one example. It has already gained appreciation and support from over 70 countries.

With solid steps

The CPC aims to realize socialist modernization from 2020 through 2035, and build China into a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious and beautiful from 2035 through the middle of this century.

The path to achieving the goals is already taking shape. With its people-centered philosophy of development, the country has built the world’s largest education, social security and healthcare systems.

Xi has called innovation the heart of China’s modernization drive. China’s pursuit of independence in scientific innovation is reflected in its various achievements, including the Beidou Navigation Satellite System, space exploration including lunar and Mars probes and the construction of China’s own space station, and the deep-sea manned submersible Fendouzhe. The country has also developed its own high-speed railway technologies, 5G communication technologies and artificial intelligence.

In the Global Innovation Index 2022 provided by the World Intellectual Property Organization, a UN specialized agency, China’s rank has risen to 11th among the 132 economies surveyed.

Guided by Xi’s vision of “lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets,” China’s modernization drive also emphasizes harmonious coexistence between humanity and nature. The country has cut its carbon emission intensity by 34.4 percent over the past 10 years, and pledged to have CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060.

Moreover, China reiterates that it will advance a broader agenda of opening up across more areas and with greater depth, follow the Chinese path to modernization, and share the nation’s development opportunities with the world. In the first 11 months of 2022, China’s trade in goods expanded 8.6 percent year on year to 38.34 trillion yuan ($5.5 trillion), according to the General Administration of Customs.

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CGTN: Xi Jinping salutes ordinary people’s extraordinary efforts in New Year Address

BEIJING, Dec. 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — From medical professionals to delivery men and women, from community workers to next-door neighbors, ordinary Chinese people are doing their best and lending a hand to help others cope with the latest waves of COVID-19 infections in the country.

With extraordinary efforts, China has prevailed over unprecedented difficulties and challenges in fighting the pandemic, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Saturday while delivering his 2023 New Year Address.

Officials and the general public, particularly medical professionals and community workers, have bravely stuck to their posts through it all, Xi said.

“It has not been an easy journey for anyone,” he said, calling for an extra effort from the people to pull through.

People first, life first

In 2022, China continued to optimize its COVID response in light of the evolving situation. Based on the mutation of the virus, the popularization of vaccination and the accumulation of experience in prevention and control, the National Health Commission said in December that the country’s epidemic prevention and control has entered a new stage.

Shifting from infection prevention to medical treatment, China has rolled out a host of measures to boost access to medical treatment and drugs, improve health services for the elderly and other vulnerable groups, speed up vaccination, and beef up health infrastructure in rural areas.

Seventy percent of those aged over 60 had received a booster dose of vaccines as of December 13, up from less than 53 percent among the age group of the population by March 24, according to data from the State Council Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism Against COVID-19.

In addition, the relaxation of the response policy in 2022 comes after China has effectively responded to five global COVID waves and avoided widespread infections with the original strain and the Delta variant, which are relatively more pathogenic than the other variants.

“Since COVID-19 struck, we have put the people first and put life first all along,” Xi said during his New Year Address.

“Following a science-based and targeted approach, we have adapted our COVID response in light of the evolving situation to protect the life and health of the people to the greatest extent possible,” he added.

China has kept its severe COVID-19 cases and death rates among the lowest in the world. The average life expectancy of the Chinese has continued to rise amid the pandemic, from 77.93 years in 2020 to 78.2 years in 2021.

Light right in front

Starting January 8, China will downgrade management of the disease from Class A to Class B in accordance with the country’s law on prevention and treatment of infectious disease, in a major shift of its epidemic response policies. The country will also scrap quarantine measures for inbound travelers from the day.

Following the announcement of the latest adjustments, searches and bookings for international flights and hotels rocketed on multiple Chinese online travel agencies, with some numbers hitting three-year highs, indicating that normal life is picking up.

Another sign that experts believe bodes the revival of the country’s consumption market in 2023, restaurants, shopping malls and cinemas nationwide have reopened and reported burgeoning visits.

“Everyone is holding on with great fortitude, and the light of hope is right in front of us,” Xi said during Saturday’s address to ring in the new year.

“Let’s make an extra effort to pull through, as perseverance and solidarity mean victory.”

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CGTN: China will continue to contribute to global peace and development in connected world

BEIJING, Dec. 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Noting China is a country closely linked with the world, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that he has not only hosted old and new friends in Beijing, but also traveled abroad to communicate China’s propositions to the world over the past year in his 2023 New Year address on Saturday.

The past year has witnessed a friends-gathering Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Spring, bilateral meetings between Xi and foreign leaders of more than 40 countries, and three overseas trips made by Xi before and after the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in October.

Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, became the first foreign leader to visit China since the conclusion of the 20th CPC National Congress. Since then, Xi has held dozens of bilateral meetings with foreign leaders including German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who was the first leader of a major Western country to visit China after the milestone CPC meeting.

The visits were widely acknowledged to create peaks for head-of-state diplomacy in 2022.

In the past year, China has continued to play its role as a responsible major country in the international arena by enhancing relations with other major countries.

From two phone calls to a face-to-face meeting in Bali between Xi and his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden, both leaders agreed to take concrete actions to put China-U.S. relations back on track with steady development.

Besides two personal meetings in Beijing in February and in Samarkand in September, the virtual meeting between Xi and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin yesterday showed both countries will continue to strengthen strategic coordination and uphold international justice.

With Xi’s attendance at the first China-Arab States Summit and the China-Gulf Cooperation Council in Riyadh, China-Arab states relations also ushered in a new era of all-round and in-depth development.

In the past year, China has also continued to offer its solutions with Chinese wisdom to tackle common challenges confronting the international community.

Xi proposed the Global Security Initiative (GSI) at the Boao Forum for Asia in April 2022 to work with other countries to promote security for all, after putting forward the Global Development Index (GDI) at the general debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2021.

To date, more than 70 countries have expressed support for the GSI, and more than 100 countries and a number of international organizations, including the UN, have committed support to the GDI and nearly 70 countries have joined the Group of Friends of the GDI.

Noting that changes unseen in a century are unfolding at a faster pace and the world is not yet a tranquil place, Xi said in the New Year address that China cherishes peace and development and values friends and partners as always.

“We stand firm on the right side of history and on the side of human civilization and progress. We work hard to contribute China’s wisdom and solutions to the cause of peace and development for all humanity,” he said.

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UAE leaders congratulate President of Cuba on National Day

President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has sent a congratulatory message to Miguel Diaz-Canel, President of Cuba, on the occasion of his country’s National Day anniversary.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has also dispatched similar messages to President Miguel Diaz-Canel and to the Cuban Prime Minister, Manuel Marrero, on the occasion.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation

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UAE leaders congratulate Chairman of Sudan’s Transitional Sovereignty Council on Independence Day

President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has sent a message of congratulations to Lt. General Abdel Fattah Al Burhan, Chairman of the Transitional Sovereignty Council of Sudan, on the occasion of his country’s Independence Day.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, also sent similar congratulations to Lt. General Al Burhan.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation

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West Asian Weightlifting Championship and Qatar Weightlifting Cup get underway

The Qatar Weightlifting Federation is organizing the 9th West Asian Weightlifting Championship and 7th Qatar Weightlifting Cup from December 30, 2022 to January 04, 2023.

The two events bring together 100 athletes from 15 countries.

Qatar’s Fares Ibrahim and Nader Mohamed Bakr will participate in West Asian Championship while Fares Ahmed, Hazem Hassan, Hamdi Emad, Shayma Khalid, Wesal Khalaf, Noreen Eid, Aya Emad, Menatullah Emad and Rebeka Ibrahim will participate in Qatar Cup.

On the first day of the event, Qatar’s Hamadi Emad claimed three silver medals in 55kg event.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee