Doha may bid for 2030 Asian Games

Doha may bid for 2030 Asian Games

Doha is considering a bid for the 2030 Asian Games but has not formally begun the process yet, a Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) official told the local English language newspaper Gulf Times yesterday.

“Since 1991 we have hosted some of the sporting world’s biggest events including the Asian Games in 2006 and the athletics world championships currently underway in Doha. Qatar will be hosting the 2022 football World Cup,” he said.

He said Doha is thinking seriously about the 2030 Asian Games but nothing has officially happened yet. “Doha is not yet an applicant city.”

The QOC official, who preferred to stay anonymous, said a firmer decision would likely be made in the coming months.

Doha successfully hosted the 2006 Asian Games officially known as the XV Asiad from December 1 to 15, 2006 with 424 events in 39 sports featured in the games.

21 competition venues were used for the Games including the newly constructed Aspire indoor sports complex.

Trampoline discipline of gymnastics and the sports of chess and triathlon made their debut at the event.

Doha was the first city in its region and only the second in West Asia, following Tehran in 1974 to host the games. It was the first time that all 45 member nations of the Olympic Council of Asia took part in this event.

The final medal tally was led by China followed by South Korea and Japan with host Qatar in ninth place. Tajikistan, Jordan and United Arab Emirates won their first-ever Asian Games gold medals.

7 world and 23 Asian records were broken during the games, while South Korean swimmer Park Tae-hwan was announced as the most valuable player.

The opening and closing ceremonies of the Games were held at Khalifa International Stadium. Doha then passed on the torch to Guangzhou, Guangdong, China for hosting the 2010 Asian Games.

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Third 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium to open in December | Education City Stadium

Third 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium to open in December | Education City Stadium

Liverpool’s semi-final on 18th December?

Doha: A striking, brand-new 40,000-seater that will also be a FIFA World Cup venue in three years’ time will host the third-place play-off and final at the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019.

Education City Stadium will officially open on December 18, 2019 – Qatar National Day – when it hosts the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final, before hosting the tournament’s final, three days later.

The 40,000-capacity arena, nicknamed the ‘Diamond in the Desert’, will become the third FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 stadium to open, following Khalifa International Stadium in 2017 and Al Janoub Stadium earlier this year.

Situated in the heart of Education City – in the Al Rayyan district of Qatar – the world cup stadium shall host matches up to the quarter-finals stage in 2022. Fans will be able to access the stadium using the Doha Metro Green Line, which is set to open in the coming weeks.

The design of Education City Stadium draws on the rich history of Islamic architecture, blended with striking modernity. The façade features triangles that form complex, diamond-like geometrical patterns which appear to change colour depending on the sun’s position.

Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), said unveiling the stadium on Qatar National Day would be a proud moment for the entire country.

“The inauguration of Education City Stadium will mark another major milestone on the road to delivering international football’s showpiece event,” said Al Thawadi.

“Everyone in Qatar will feel immense pride when this architectural masterpiece is unveiled on our country’s National Day, during the prestigious FIFA Club World Cup, and exactly three years before the Qatar 2022 final takes place.”

Al Thawadi added, “Hosting the FIFA Club World Cup is a golden opportunity to boost preparation for 2022 while giving thousands of fans from across the globe a taste of what to expect in three years’ time. We are immensely excited about hosting this tournament for the next two instalments, as we continue to finalise our plans for the World Cup.”

Meanwhile, BBC Sports has revealed that Liverpool’s matches will be played in the new Education City. “Doha will host Liverpool’s semi-final on 18th December – the same date as the final of the next World Cup will take place,” BBC stated on its website Oct 1, 2019.

It has already been confirmed that European champions Liverpool will contest the stadium’s inaugural fixture after they received a bye to the semi-finals of the tournament. The Reds qualified for the FIFA Club World Cup after winning the UEFA Champions League in June.

Liverpool’s opponents in the semi-final will be decided during the tournament, which kicks off on 11 December.

Engineer Yasir Al Jamal, Vice Chairman of the SC’s Technical Delivery Office,  said: “We are honoured that Liverpool – one of the most famous and prestigious clubs in the world – will contest the opening match at Education City Stadium.

“We are also immensely proud that Education City Stadium will be the third tournament-ready venue for Qatar 2022 and the second, after Al Janoub Stadium, to be built from scratch. I would like to pay tribute to the entire project team, along with Qatar Foundation, one of our key stakeholders. They have collaborated brilliantly to deliver this magnificent structure three years before the FIFA World Cup is held right here in Qatar.”

Sustainability lies at the heart of the Education City Stadium project. Post-2022, the stadium’s seating capacity will be reduced to 20,000, with the modular upper tier donated to create sporting facilities overseas. The stadium will eventually provide sporting facilities for the numerous educational, research and innovation establishments at Education City.

The stadium was delivered by ASTAD Project Management, with FIA Fenwick Iribarren Architects serving as the lead designer. The JPAC joint venture has served as the design and build contractor, while Pattern were appointed as the lead design architect and BuroHappold appointed for engineering design.

The FIFA Club World Cup 2019 will be held in Qatar from 11-21 December. The matches will be played at three World Cup Stadium venues: Jassin Bin Hamad Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium and Education City Stadium. Five teams have qualified to-date: Al Sadd SC (host country representative*), Liverpool FC (UEFA), CF Monterrey (CONCACAF), ES Tunis (CAF) and Hienghène Sport (OFC). The AFC and CONMEBOL representatives will be confirmed in November.

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Asian Athletics Championship 2019 Qatar – India finished with 17 medals

Asian Athletics Championship 2019 Qatar – India finished with 17 medals

The 23rd edition of Asian Athletics Championship was held from 21-24 April 2019 at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

Indian successfully finished the Asian Athletics Championship 2019 at Qatar with 17 medals which include 3 golds, 7 silver, and 7 bronze medals. India stands 4th on the overall medals tally. Bahrain, China, and Japan stand the first 3 places respectively.

QatarIndians team on behalf of all the Indians living in Qatar Congratulates all the winners. It is a special moment for all the Indians living in Qatar as it happened in Doha, Qatar.

Gomathi Marimuthu from Tamilnadu who won India’s First Gold(800 meters), PU Chitra (1500 meters) and Tejinder Pal Singh Toor (Shot put) are the 3 Gold medal winners. Proud and happy to see 2 women winners among the 3 gold medals which India bagged.

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AR Rahman Live Performance in Qatar on 22 March at Khalifa International Stadium

AR Rahman Live Performance in Qatar on 22 March at Khalifa International Stadium

Oscar-winning music AR Rahman Live Performance in Qatar on 22 March at Khalifa International Stadium. Katara Studios presents AR Rahman Live show in Qatar on 22 Mar 2019.

The 52-year-old Oscar-winning music maestro is going to perform live in Qatar. It is going to be an unforgettable day for all the AR Rahman lovers and also for Indian music fans in Qatar. This is the first time the ‘Mozart of Madras’ AR Rahman will be performing in Qatar. This show is part of the Qatar India Year of Culture 2019.

ARR’s live concert in Qatar will be held at the Khalifa Stadium on March 22. Tickets for the event has gone on sale, reported thepeninsulaqatar.com

Tickets are available for purchase online at Q Tickets. The prices of tickets range from QR 150 (Upper East stand) to QR 1500 (the Royal section). Below are the ticket rates.

  • Upper East stand: QR 150
  • East Stand Left: QR 225
  • East Stand Right: QR 225
  • East Middle: QR 300
  • Silver: QR 350
  • Gold: QR 450
  • Platinum: QR 600
  • VIP: QR 1,000
  • Royal: QR 1,500

Without a doubt, it is going to be a treat for Indian music lovers.

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AR Rahman

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Allah Rakha Rahman (A.R. Rahman) original name A.S. Dileep Kumar, (born January 6, 1966, Madras [now Chennai], India), Indian composer whose extensive body of work for film and stage earned him the nickname “the Mozart of Madras.”

Rahman’s father, R.K. Sekhar, was a prominent Tamil musician who composed scores for the Malayalam film industry, and Rahman began studying piano at age four. The boy’s interests lay in electronics and computers, and his father’s serendipitous purchase of a synthesizer allowed him to pursue his passion and to learn to love music at the same time. Sekhar died when Rahman was 9 years old, and by age 11 he was playing piano professionally to help support his family. He dropped out of school, but his professional experience led to a scholarship to study at Trinity College, Oxford, where he received a degree in Western classical music.

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Qatar’s World Cup Stadium Finally Opens To The Public On Friday

There are eight World Cup venues in Qatar and the first one is officially complete. A debut football match will be hosted this weekend.

Khalifa International Stadium in Al Waab is going to be open to the public for the Emir Cup final on Friday, May 19.

It took three years of renovations to the stadium that built more than 40 years ago.

It is renovated for the World Cup with redesigned arches and canopies for spectators. It also includes a cooling system for both players and viewers.

In a statement, Qatar Football Association President Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed al-Thani said:

“We are happy that the Khalifa International Stadium will again host football matches in Qatar. The stadium has been witness to the most prominent sporting achievements of Qatar and is a venue that is closest to Qatari hearts.”

Ticket info

Al Rayyan will face off against Al Sadd and led by former FC Barcelona player Xavi.

Opening ceremony will begin at 6.30 pm.

10,000 tickets are already on sale at Villaggio and City Center malls at the price of QR30 per person. You can also buy tickets at Souq Waqif starting today and the stadium on the day of the event.

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