Qatar consolidates its position as a global sports hub



Mutaz Barshim shows off the gold medal in the high jump at the Tokyo Olympics during a welcome ceremony in Doha.

Doha: In 2021, Qatar maintained its leading position in sport in the Middle East. It has established itself as the capital of Arab and international sport by hosting numerous tournaments and events which confirm its global position. This year has been marked by new achievements and successes on all sports fields despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Qatar successfully hosted the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup Qatar, which was held for the first time under the auspices of the world’s soccer governing body from November 30 to December 18.
Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani attended the tournament’s closing ceremony at Al Bayt Stadium and handed the Cup to Algeria after their final victory over Tunisia.

Qatar national team players celebrate during the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup Qatar.

The Qatar national team finished in third place after beating Egypt 5-4 on penalties, which took place at the 974 Stadium. Qatari team star Akram Afif took home the bronze ball as the third best player in the tournament, which achieved unprecedented success and came in rehearsal ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.

Qatar also hosted the Formula 1 Qatar Grand Prix for the first time at the Losail International Circuit.


Red Bull’s Max Verstappen at the Losail International Circuit during the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Qatar on November 20, 2021.

Qatar’s most notable achievements in 2021 were as medalists at the 2020 Summer Olympics. Qatari athletes won two gold medals and one bronze medal. Fares Ibrahim won the gold medal in the 96kg weightlifting competition after lifting 402kg. The second gold medal went to Mutaz Barshim in the high jump competition after reaching a height of 2.37 meters to win gold with Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi. Ahmed Tejan and Sherif Younis won bronze in the beach volleyball competition, the first Arab medal in a non-individual match in Olympic Games history.

At the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Abdulrahman Abdulqadir also won bronze in the men’s F34 shot put. He won the silver medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) won the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) Breakthrough Award from the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC). QOC President HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani received the award at the ANOC 2021 Awards ceremony held on the sidelines of the ANOC General Assembly in Crete, Greece .

At the World Weightlifting Championships held in Uzbekistan, weightlifter Fares Ibrahim won two medals (gold and silver) in the 96kg competition in December. Fares won gold in the net lift after lifting 222 kg. The silver medal was won in the group with a total weight of 394 kg (222 kg for the nitro and 172 kg for the snatch).

The Olympic football team have advanced to the AFC Under-23 Cup finals which will be hosted by Uzbekistan next year, drawing Syria 1-1 at the international stadium Khalifa.

Doha also hosted the CAF Super Cup match between Egyptian club Al-Ahly and Raja Club of Morocco. Al Ahly won the Cup after beating Raja 6-5 on penalties.

As part of the preparations for the World Cup, the official Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup countdown clock was unveiled on November 21 during a special celebration on the Doha Corniche, marking a year before the start of the tournament.

The swim team won the age group competitions at the 28th GCC Aquatic Championships held in Doha from August 19-22, winning 52 medals (30 gold, 15 silver and seven bronze ).

The team also won 30 medals, including 11 gold, nine silver and 10 bronze, taking first place for the 16-18 category, in the first Arab championship for short course age groups. (25 meters), which took place in the UAE from October 24-27.

Also, in October, the Qatar Swimming Association hosted the third round of the 2021 Short Course Swimming World Cup (25 meters) at the Hamad Water Sports Complex. It lasted three days with the participation of the world’s most prominent swimmers.

In handball, the Al Duhail Club won the 23rd Asian Championship of the Men’s Handball Champions League in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in June, beating Kuwait 27/24 in the final.

Qatar successfully hosted the men’s and women’s padel championship (Qatar 2021) for the first time in November with 16 teams, including Qatar.

The Qatar Tennis, Squash and Badminton Federation (QTSBF) hosted the first main round of the Qatar Classic Squash Championship 2021. The federation also hosted the Qatar ExxonMobil Tennis Championship for men, one of the 250-point ATP circuits. , and Qatar Total Women’s Tennis. , one of the WTA circuits of the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex.

In motorsport, the Losail International Circuit hosted the Qatar Grand Prix from March 26-28 and the Doha Grand Prix from April 2-4. Qatari driver Nasser Al Attiyah won the 2021 FIA Off-Road Rallies World Cup after winning the 30th Abu Dhabi Desert Rally.

Qatari Khalid Al Mohannadi also won the European Championship, the first round of the World Aquabike Championships in Poland. After finishing fourth in the second round, Al Mohannadi maintained the lead in the junior category at the world aquabike championships.

The Qatari championships continue, with Qatari cyclist Saeed Al Sulaiti winning the 600 season of the CIV Spanish Open (SSP) after first place in the sixth and final round, which took place over two days on the circuit. from Jerez in Spain.

Qatari Yousef Al Darwish finished sixth in the open category and third in the Yamaha R6 Cup.

The Qatari Pool and Snooker Federation hosted three major tournaments in September, starting with the Asian Snooker Championship with more than 100 players from 30 countries. It has also hosted the World Six Ball Snooker Championship and the Gulf Billiards and Snooker Combined Championship.

Qatar’s national futsal team have qualified for the first time for the 2022 World Cup finals scheduled for Russia from August 26 to September 11 next year.

At the club level, Al-Arabi Volleyball Club finished second in the Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship in Thailand.

Qatar Equestrian recorded many feats after many Qatari horses won the most important races held throughout 2021 in Europe.

In addition to hosting more than 50 local races, including the His Highness the Amir Sword Festival, the Qatar Equestrian Federation also organized the His Highness the Amir Sword Festival for jumping. obstacles.

In golf, Qatari players have participated in regional and continental tournaments, including Ali Al Shahrani who won the Qatar Open Championship.

Aspire Zone Foundation has also been able to strengthen its leadership in world sport thanks to its three members, Aspetar, Aspire Academy and Aspire Logistics.

As part of Qatar’s pioneering efforts in sports fields, Doha hosted the World Judo Championship from January 11 to 13, which featured the top 36 top players in the world in each weight with 400 participating athletes, including 215 men and 185 women representing 70 countries.

Qatar is also set to host the 2023 World Judo Masters Championship, which serves as a qualifier for the 2024 Olympics.

In June, the Qatari taekwondo team won four medals at the 24th Asian Championship, held in Beirut, with 334 players representing 17 countries.

Qatari shooter Rashid Saleh Hamad also won bronze in February in the mixed skeet competition as part of the 2021 Arab Archery Championship, held in Egypt. In March, Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah also won the bronze medal for the men’s skeet event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in New Delhi. The Qatari shooting team won the silver medal in the team skeet event.

Qatar hosted the 2021 Fencing Grand Prix, won by American Gerek Meinhardt. Russian Inna Derglazova won the women’s title.

The Qatar Table Tennis Association also hosted the first edition of the Middle East Combined Championship, in cooperation with the World Table Tennis Association (WTT), in the Lusail Multipurpose Hall.

The World Olympic Qualifiers and Asian Olympic Table Tennis Qualifiers for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 were also held in Doha.

Qatar placed second at the Arab Table Tennis Championship in Jordan, after players from the Qatari national team won 19 team, singles and doubles medals, including four golds to occupy second place of the general classification.

Doha hosted the second edition of the WTT Star Contender Championship and the 25th Asian Table Tennis Championship for Men and Women, a qualification for the 2022 World Championships in China.

Doha hosted the West Asian Rugby Championship, where the Qatar men’s team finished third. Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Iran and Syria participated. Qatar finished second in the women’s championship. Doha also hosted the final Asian Cricket World Cup qualifiers (Australia 2022). Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and the Maldives participated.


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