POSTED: September 6th 2011

Countdown: Doha Poised To Host 2011 Arab Games

Rashid Hamad Al-Athbah holds a silver medal at the last Arab Games in Cairo 2009 / Arab Games image
Rashid Hamad Al-Athbah holds a silver medal at the last Arab Games in Cairo 2009 / Arab Games image

Abdullah Al-Mulla is event spokesman and media and marketing director / Arab Games image
Abdullah Al-Mulla is event spokesman and media and marketing director / Arab Games image

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TAMPA/DOHA: The Aspire Sport Center will be hosting the Arab Games 2011 in Doha, Qatar from December 9th-23rd in the first of at least two major world sporting events to take place in the country in the next decade.

The Arab Games Organising Committee (AGOC) is working to deliver a unique sporting and cultural celebration with this 12th edition of the event that will showcase all Arab athletes and Arab nations and leave a lasting legacy for the future and the local community.

Abdullah Al-Mulla, event spokesman and media and marketing director, said, “Our vision is to create the ideal sporting environment to inspire Arab athletes and excite fans from all nations.

"The Arab Games Doha 2011 will bring everything together to make that vision a reality. In a little over 90 days the nation will welcome the finest Arab athletes and today marks the start of the official countdown to a spectacular two week festival of sport and culture.”

Thirty sports and over 8000 athletes from 22 countries will be represented at the Aspire Sport Center contending in athletics, boxing, golf, karate, rowing, shooting, wrestling and weightlifting. Team sports include football, volleyball and basketball.

Among the star athletes that will be on hand is Rashid Hamad Al-Athbah, who is known as the "Falcon Of Shooting" and has won International Shooting Federation (ISSF) championships namely a Silver medal in Cairo, Egypt, in 2009, as well as a Bronze medal in Munich, Germany, during the same year.

“I am really excited about Arab Games Doha 2011 - I have participated in international sporting events all over the globe, and it is thrilling to see a sporting event of this magnitude come to my country,” said Al-Athbah.

The Falcon Of Shooting sees the event as a source of national pride, “As an Arab, and as a host, I am keen to welcome my fellow Arab brothers and competitive sportsmen to participate in what I believe will be one of the most dynamic sporting events held in Qatar thus far.”

This upcoming event has become a major source of pride for the first time hosts who are trying to make this the most memorable Arab Games ever.

High profile sponsors have also signed up to support the event with partnerships including Qtel (Qatar Telecommunications), Al Jazeera Sport and Ezdan Real Estate, all named as Diamond Category Sponsors in an effort to deliver a new standard for the Arab Games.

The Doha edition will be the first Arab Games to feature a dedicated athlete village. The new village will house all athletes, paralympic athletes and officials, and is conveniently located to event venues and training facilities.

Al-Mulla added, “In less than 100 days Qatar will proudly host Arab athletes from 22 Arab nations. Every effort is being made to ensure our athletes can compete to the best of their abilities. But I call upon the local community to play an important role in supporting the national team and inspiring our athletes.”

Fan Travel Packages will be available for the first time for fans, groups and families within Qatar to ensure easy attendance.

Recently also the volunteer program was launched as well as the unveiling of the lovely Arabian horse ‘Wathnan’ as official Arab Games mascot.

Successful execution of the Arab Games 2011 will be huge for the host nation as it seeks to win the summer 2020 Olympics and prepares to host the FIFA 2022 World Cup.

No Arab nation has ever hosted the Olympic Games or the World Cup, so hosting the 2022 World Cup and the 2020 Olympics would be quite a feat for a country that has a population of roughly one million people.

Keywords · Arab Games 2011 · Abdullah Al-Mulla · Rashid Hamad Al-Athbah

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