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Sheikh Joaan Crowns Al Shamal Champions of Arab Super Cup

DOHA, – HE President of Qatar Olympic Committee Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani on Tuesday crowned Al Shamal team champions of the third Arab Super Cup for handball 2021 after defeating Al Gharafa 23-22 in the Qatari affairs final held at Duhail Sports Hall.

At the victory ceremony , HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani awarded the championship cup to the Al Shamal Captain Abdullah Hafiz, as IHF President Hassan Mostafa handed over the gold medals to Al Shamal players and the silver medals to Al Gharafa players.

During the halftime break , HE President of Qatar Olympic Committee Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani and Mr. Mohammed Al Monea , the President of Arab Handball Association have mutually exchanged the Souvenir shields with the attendance of Mr. Ahmed Al Shaabi, the president of Qatar Handball Association .

It is worth mentioning that , Al Shamal was crowned champion of the 15th Arab Handball Championship for Cup winners, which was held in Tunisia last year. Al Shamal beat Al Arabi in the final 33-31.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

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Qatar’s Al Suwaidi wins Air Rifle Gold Medal in Arab Championship

CAIRO Qatari shooter Aisha Al Suwaidi won the gold medal in the ten meter air rifle competition at the Arab Shooting Championship, which is currently being held in Cairo, with the participation of a large group of more than thirty female athletes representing twelve teams.

Aisha Al Suwaidi grabbed the gold medal among the eight best participants in the competition, two Egyptians, Al Zahra Shaaban and Hadeer Al Sayed, came in second and third places, respectively.

In a press statement after the victory, the Qatari shooter expressed her happiness for winning the gold medal in the ten-meter air rifle competition. She said that the competition was strong, especially in the final round, “but I succeeded in achieving first place and gold.”

Al-Suwaidi gifted the gold to her coach, noting that he made great efforts with her during training at the Lusail Shooting Complex until this achievement was achieved in the Arab Championship, which is the focus of everyone’s attention.

For her part, Al Anoud Matar Al-Nuaimi, a member of the National Teams Committee, congratulated Aisha Al-Suwaidi and the Shooting Association. She said that Qatari archery always proves its competencies in all Arab, Asian and international forums.

Al Nuaimi praised the outstanding participation of the two shooters, Matara Al-Asiri (in eighth place) and promising Shahd Al Darwish (in sixth place), and said that they gave an outstanding performance and a good future awaits them.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

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Qatar edge Oman to confirm pole position

DOHA – Qatar defeated Oman 1-0 at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium to seal top spot in Group E of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Monday.

The result leaves Qatar with 22 points, 10 points ahead of second-placed Oman, who still have two games to play – against Afghanistan on Friday and Bangladesh four days later.

Oman, who lost 2-1 to Qatar in October 2019, started the match strongly and were unlucky not to find the back of the net within the first minute after Abdul Aziz Al Muqbali’s shot from inside the area was easily saved by goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb.

That would prove to be Oman’s only meaningful attempt at goal as Qatar imposed their authority in the game with Hatim Abdelaziz and captain Hasan Al Haydos marshaling the midfield.

Felix Sanchez’s men came close to scoring in the seventh minute when Abdelkarim Hassan lost his marker inside the area but the midfielder wasted the opportunity when he fired his effort just wide.

It was a one sided affair as Qatar continued to pile on the pressure but their finishing in front of goal left much to be desired as Mohammed Muntari and Hassan Al Heidos both wasted opportunities to score.

Oman continued to frustrate their opponents as Branko Ivankovic’s men foiled Qatar’s every attempt at goal with Al Haydos given no room to operate inside the final third.

However, Oman resistance finally cracked when they conceded a penalty in the 39th minute following a foul on Almoez Ali as Al Haydos struck coolly from the spot to give Qatar a 1-0 lead going into the break.

Oman began the second half very much in a defensive mode as Qatar started aggressively in a bid to extend their lead.

Salah Al Yahyai, however, had a good chance to draw Oman level in the 52nd minute when he collected the ball just inside the box following a swift counter attacking move but Abdelkarim Hassan was quick to foil his attempt.

Oman’s confidence grew as the match wore on but the equaliser was out of reach as Qatar held on for the win.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

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Team Qatar win Gold Medal in Arab Shooting Championship

CIARO – The Qatari shooting team impressively clinched the gold medal in the mixed skeet event on Sunday at the ongoing Arab shooting championship 2021 in Egypt and which will continue until June 12, with the participation of more than 300 shooters representing 15 Arab teams.

Qatar’s gold medal was secured in the mixed skeet competition by shooters Rashid Saleh Al Athba and Reem Al Sharshani, to be the fourth medal in the skeet competition achieved by the Qatari team in the tournament.

Earlier during the competition Qatar’s Rashid Saleh Al Athba, Masoud Saleh Al Athba and Ali Al Ishaq won the bronze medal in the team event which was won by the Kuwaiti shooters. Saudi Arabia won the silver medal.

On Friday, Qatar shooting team opened its campaign in the Championship by winning a gold medal and a silver. Prominent Qatari shooter Reem Al Sharshani clinched the gold medal in the women skeet event, as her team-mate, Rashid Saleh Al Athba grabbed the silver medal in the Men skeet event.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

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HE Sheikh Joaan Attends FINA General Congress

DOHA, (QNA) – In the presence of HE President of the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) General Congress elected Husain Al Musallam of Kuwait as the new FINA President until 2025, during its meeting on Saturday at the Sheraton Hotel Doha.

HE President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Ahmad Al Sabah, HE Second Vice-President of QOC Dr. Thani bin Abdulrahman Al Kuwari, HE QOC Secretary-General Jassim bin Rashid Al Buainain, FINA President Julio Maglione, President of the International Handball Federation Dr. Hassan Mustafa, President of the Qatar Swimming Association Khalil Al Jaber, FINA members, and representatives of the swimming continental and national federations attended the General Congress.

HE President of the QOC Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani welcomed the attendees, expressing his thanks and gratitude to the FINA for granting Qatar to host the General Congress.

FINA President Dr. Julio Maglione honored HE QOC President Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani in appreciation of the support and efforts of His Excellency and the State of Qatar hosting many FINA events and tournaments. Also, FINA President honored HE the QOC Secretary-General Jassim bin Rashid Al Buainain.

On the sidelines of the meeting , HE President of the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) , Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani met with HE Pere Miro, Deputy Director General for relations with the Olympic Movement at the IOC. They reviewed the bilateral cooperation between the QOC and the IOC and the means of enhancing them in the upcoming stage.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

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Brazil united against hosting Copa America – Casemiro

Berlin, Brazil captain Casemiro suggested the entire Selecao squad are united against hosting the upcoming Copa America, the Deutsche Presse Agentur (DPA) reported.

The 2021 Copa America is scheduled to take place in Brazil, starting June 13, following CONMEBOL’s decision to relocate the event.

Postponed from 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Copa America had been due to be shared between Colombia and Argentina, though both countries were removed as co-hosts following respective political and Covid-19 issues.

Brazil have been awarded hosting rights in pursuit of back-to-back titles, despite being one of the country’s worst hit by the COVID-19 health crisis.

Prior to Friday’s 2-0 win over Ecuador in World Cup qualifying, Brazil head coach Tite could not guarantee the participation of his side at the showpiece event on home soil, promising to shed more light on the situation following Tuesday’s fixture against Paraguay.

After Brazil preserved their perfect record in qualifying following five wins from five games, Casmeiro was asked about the team’s reported stance.

“We cannot talk about the Copa America, even if everyone knows what our opinion is,” Casemiro told TV Globo post-game. “But we can’t talk about it, everyone knows that we think.

“It is very clear what we think about the Copa America, but now we have to respect certain hierarchies. It is clear that we want to express ourselves about it, but unfortunately now we cannot.”

Casemiro, whose Brazil are due to face Paraguay before their scheduled Copa America opener against Venezuela on June 13, added: “We are not going to talk about this, Tite already told how the opinion is.

“As the captain and leader, we already have our position. We want to talk but now is not the moment to do it.

“I’m not the only one, it’s not only the European players [against hosting], we are all. When someone speaks, everybody does it, or Tite, or coaching staff. We have to be unified.”

Neymar and Richarlison were both on target in the second half as Brazil stayed perfect on the road to Qatar 2022.

Brazil – in Group B for the Copa America, alongside Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela – have won their opening five games in a World Cup qualifying campaign since 1970.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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Brazil wins World Cup qualifier amid crisis off the pitch

Sao Paulo, Amid a possible player revolt, Brazil beat Ecuador 2-0 on Friday to win its fifth consecutive match in South American World Cup qualifying.

It now leads the round-robin tournament with 15 points, four ahead of second-place Argentina. It appears all but certain that Brazil will qualify for four direct spots for Qatar 2022, The Associated Press (AP) reported.

Richarlison opened the scoring in the 65th minute at the Beira-Rio stadium in Porto Alegre and Neymar added the second from the spot in added time. Both goals were celebrated with the entire team around the coach.

But a crisis looms over the team since its country was appointed as host of Copa America. Players suggested Friday that they are not willing to play the tournament at home because the COVID-19 pandemic continues to kill thousands of Brazilians per day. More than 470,000 have died so far.

Tite’s post-match press conference was one of the team’s most anticipated in years after he spent the day hearing rumors he could resign before Copa America begins.

The coach admitted on Thursday his players had discussed with the president of the Brazilian soccer confederation (CBF), Rogerio Caboclo, whether they should play the continental tournament. A final answer on the issue is expected for after the match against Paraguay on Tuesday.

Copa America was originally scheduled to be co-hosted by Colombia and Argentina. Two weeks ago, Colombia was forced to withdraw because of social unrest. And this past week, Argentina declined to host it because of a similar worsening of the pandemic.

Midfielder Casemiro, who was prevented from speaking to media on Thursday, said after Friday’s win against Ecuador that “the players’ position is very clear. More clear than this is impossible for now.”

“We want to speak after the match against Paraguay because we don’t want to lose our focus,” the team captain said. “This is the World Cup for us.”

The midfielder added any decision “will come from all” Brazil players. Local media said earlier that footballers of European clubs were leading the charge to not play in Copa America.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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Hubs established in Qatar and Rwanda for final vaccination opportunity for Olympic and Paralympic Games participants

Doha- The IOC, together with the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and government authorities of Qatar and Rwanda, has established two further pre-Games vaccination opportunities for Olympic and Paralympic Games participants.

These two vaccination hubs allow Games participants who will be unable to be vaccinated in their home countries in advance of travelling to Japan for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 to get inoculated.

The two hubs will both offer the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, in line with the IOC announcement on 6 May 2021 of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE to donate doses of the companies’ COVID-19 vaccine to Games participants from National Olympic and Paralympic Committees around the world.

The IOC is in contact with a few NOCs whose athletes are not yet able to access vaccination programmes and who would therefore be eligible to travel to either the hub in Doha (Qatar) or Kigali (Rwanda). They have been set up respectively by the Qatar Olympic Committee and the Rwanda Olympic Committee in relation with the relevant government and medical authorities in their regions and with Pfizer’s support. Concerned NOCs can apply for travel support from Olympic Solidarity should they need it.

On this important development, IOC NOC Relations and Olympic Solidarity Director James Macleod said: “We cannot thank enough the two NOCs, their national governments and Pfizer for their generosity and great show of willingness and support. The progress in preparation of work on the ground has been outstanding, and these additional vaccination opportunities are enabling the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 to be safe and secure not only for the participants, but also for the Japanese people.”

H.E. Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al-Thani, President of the Qatar Olympic Committee, said: “We are delighted to be a part of this excellent initiative and to contribute to safe Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. We are grateful to our colleagues in Japan and the IOC for their tremendous efforts in ensuring the Games can go ahead safely. We all have a responsibility to repay this hard work by doing everything we can to protect the health of the Japanese people and all Games participants.”

The Doha vaccination hub comes in addition to the Qatar Olympic Committee’s confirmation that it will also host the Refugee Olympic Team in early July in a training camp in Doha prior to the team travelling to Tokyo.

Meanwhile, IOC Member in Rwanda Felicite Rwemarika explained the rationale behind the decision to create a hub in Rwanda: “We were also driven to join this initiative in solidarity with our friends at the Japan Olympic Committee, who have constantly supported our NOC by generously hosting training camps for our athletes.”

This is yet another example of the spirit of solidarity that has been witnessed between NOCs, and one that the IOC is supporting in every possible way. From the outset, the IOC has underlined the importance of solidarity in the fight against the virus, and to see this become a reality is testament to the commitment of Olympic Movement stakeholders to making the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 safe and secure for all involved.

Currently as many as 75 per cent of the residents of the Olympic Village are already vaccinated or have secured vaccination; and there is good reason to believe that this figure will be well over 80 per cent at the time of the Games.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

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Qatar to face India in Asian Cup qualifiers on Thursday

DOHA – The Qatari national football team will lock horns against India on Thursday at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Al Sadd Club, as part of the Group E matches of the joint Asian qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup and the 2023 Asian Cup in China.

The joint qualifiers are held in Doha from June 3 to 15, with the participation of Qatar, Oman, India, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.

Qatar’s coach Felix Sanchez had announced the squad for the matches against India and Oman: Saad Al Sheeb, Mishaal Barshim, Pedro Miguel, Salem Al Hajri, Tariq Salman, Abdul Karim Hassan, Boualem Khoukhi, Hassan Al Haidos, Akram Afif, Youssef Abdul Razzaq, Ahmed Suhail, Musab Khader, Muhammad Waad, Salah Zakaria, Bassam Al Rawi, Assem Madbo, Al Moez Ali, Karim Boudiaf, Ismail Mohamed, Mohamed Muntari, Abdullah Abdel Salam, Sultan Al Buraik, Ahmed Alaa Al Din, Hammam Al Amin, Mahmoud Abu Nada, Abdelaziz Hatem, Khaled Mounir, Abdullah Marafie, Abdel Rachid Omaro, Hashem Ali, Mohamed Ayyash and goalkeeper Youssef Hassan.

The Qatari team started its qualifying campaign with a 6-0 victory over Afghanistan and a 0-0 draw with India in the second round, then achieved four consecutive victories against Bangladesh 2-0, Oman 2-1, Afghanistan 1-0 and Bangladesh 5-0. The team will face India on June 3, then Oman on June 7.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

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Qatar Officially Joins the International Padel Federation

DOHA- The State of Qatar, represented by the Qatar Tennis, Squash and Badminton Federation (QTSBF), has officially joined the International Padel Federation (FIP), during its last general assembly meeting held in the Italian capital, Rome.

This accession entitles the State of Qatar to host international padel tournaments and participate in other tournaments under the umbrella of the International Padel Federation.

The step comes as the State of Qatar won the bid to host the Padel World Championship for the first time in the Middle East. The championship will take place in Doha from November 15 to 20, 2021.

Last year, Qatar Olympic Committee agreed to create a Padel Committee to be affiliated with the Qatar Tennis, Squash and Badminton Federation.

Commenting on the occasion, Secretary-General of the Qatar Tennis, Squash and Badminton Federation Tariq Zainal expressed happiness that the International Padel Federation voted for Qatar to join the federation, especially that the game has become very popular among Qatari players.

He added that this accession reflects the international confidence in the State of Qatar’s ability to host major sporting events within the highest regulatory standards, even after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic where the State showed flexibility in creating new solutions that preserve the health and safety of athletes and all participants.

He noted that the federation continues to implement its plans related to hosting the World Padel Championship in November, stressing the keenness to present the best possible image that reflects Qatar’s great organizational capabilities.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee