Doha, Team Qatar has begun intensive preparations ahead of the inaugural edition of the ANOC World Beach Games Qatar 2019 to be held from October 12 -16 in Doha.
The international beach multi-sport event is organized by the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) and hosted by the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC).
Athletes from eight national sports federations including Qatar Basketball Federation, Qatar Volleyball Association, Qatar Handball Association, Qatar Taekwondo, Judo and Karate Federation, Qatar Tennis, Squash and Badminton Federation, Qatar Wrestling Federation, Qatar Swimming Association and Qatar Cycling and Triathlon Federation will be representing Qatar at the event which will feature about 1230 athletes from more than 90 National Olympic Committees (NOC) who will be competing in 14 disciplines in 13 sports at Katara and Al Gharafa beach and aspire venues.
Most of the athletes are already in training camps and the national sports federations have developed detailed training programme to prepare their athletes for the competition and ensure a very successful outing.
Qatar boasts of spectacular oceanfront locations and is ready to provide the perfect setting for NOCs and their athletes to compete in exciting beach, action and water sports.
Beach sports have witnessed a huge development in the country over the years with teams representing the country winning medals at major regional and international competitions.
Qatar beach handball team are the current champions and the dominant force in Asia having claimed the title of the Asian Beach Handball Championships for the fifth time in a row (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019). The team are also a two-time bronze medalists at the IHF World Championships (2014 and 2016).
The national beach volleyball team also made their Olympic debut at the 2016 Rio Games while Qatar’s 3×3 basketball team have won the Asian Basketball Beach Games twice – Phuket 2014 and Danang 2016.
Naji Al Amri, Chef De Mission to the ANOC World Beach Games Qatar 2019, said that Qatar’s participation at the event is in line with QOC’s commitment to featuring at any sports competition that will bring more glory to the country and help to further develop its athletes.
Qatar’s delegation will be participating in eight sports events during the competition. This poses a challenge for our athletes and that is why the federations, in cooperation with the QOC represented by sports affairs department, have developed a detailed training program to adequately prepare Team Qatar for this inaugural edition of the competition. We believe that the team will give their best and bring great glory and honour to the country,” he added.
On female’s participation in the competition, Al Amri said, We are proud of our female athletes’ participation in the games especially in swimming and tennis events in addition to the other sports where they will compete with the world’s top athletes.”
Source: Qatar Olympic Committee