HH the Amir's Attendance of International Sporting Events Reflects Qatar's Belief in Sport's Importance in Bringing People Together
26 June 2022

HH the Amir's Attendance of International Sporting Events Reflects Qatar's Belief in Sport's Importance in Bringing People Together

Doha, June 25 (QNA) - Believing in the importance of sport and its role in the lives of individuals and societies as a means and tool for uniting peoples, and in the keenness of the participation of the State of Qatar and its distinguished presence in all forums, arenas, activities, and local, regional and international events, HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani will attend the opening ceremony of the 2022 Mediterranean Games, which will be hosted by the Algerian city of Oran from June 25 to July 6. About 3,500 athletes representing 26 countries and Olympic committees will participate in the event. HH the Amir's attendance at the opening ceremony of the tournament comes at a time when Qatar has completed its preparations to host the most prominent sporting event this year, the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, as the first edition of this major global tournament in the Middle East. From the moment Qatar was announced as the host country of the World Cup in 2010, the State of Qatar affirmed its intention to organize an exceptional tournament and a unique and unprecedented World Cup by all standards. Qatar made all efforts and capabilities and harnessed the necessary resources and energies to organize a global sporting event, which will have a positive impact on the entire Middle East region and will revive hopes in the hearts of the youth and residents of this part of the world. This will enhance their faith in their abilities and capabilities to organize world championships at the highest level of excellence and creativity, and will also prove the ability of sports of all kinds and activities to build bridges of communication and establish harmony and peace between nations and peoples, regardless of the different visions, ideas, cultures, and distances. With the belief of the State of Qatar that sport has become an important means and one of the effective diplomatic tools to strengthen friendly relations with various countries of the world, HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani attended the opening of the 24th Winter Olympics, which was held under the slogan "Together for a Shared Future" in the Chinese capital, Beijing, on February 4, and continued until February 20, with the participation of about 2,900 athletes representing 90 national Olympic committees around the world. On July 15, 2018, HH the Amir officially received the hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar from HE President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in the presence of HE FIFA President Gianni Infantino in a ceremony held in the Kremlin. During the participation of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani at the World Economic Forum in Davos in May, His Highness took part in the discussion session held there on the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 entitled "Sport as a unifying force". HH the Amir opened the session with a speech, in which he mentioned that his first participation in the World Economic Forum comes in a special year for Qatar, in which it will host the FIFA World Cup. His Highness added that this will be the first major sporting event attended by all fans after the devastating pandemic. Furthermore, His Highness expressed his happiness that this competition will unite the world, bringing the audience together again. His Highness remarked that it is going to be the first time that the Arab world hosted such a major event. HH the Amir pointed to the long-suffering that the region is going through, and how hosting the World Cup will be a source of hope for the youth throughout the region, in addition to being a permanent contribution to the region will make to the world. In his speech, HH the Amir stressed that the impact of such sporting events is not limited to entertainment only, but also to achieving mutual understanding between different cultures and backgrounds, noting that the people of Qatar and the region are very enthusiastic to demonstrate the authentic Arab hospitality and culture. In the conclusion of his speech, HH the Amir said that the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 competition reflects a hard journey, with tireless determination and effort. His Highness added that he is looking forward to welcoming everyone in Qatar and wishing all the qualified teams success. On Oct. 9, 2018, HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani was re-elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee during the session of meetings of the Committee held in the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires on the sidelines of the Youth Olympic Games. Furthermore, On June 24, 2019, His Highness participated in the meetings of the General Assembly of the 134th session of the International Olympic Committee, which was held in the Swiss city of Lausanne. During the meetings, a number of topics related to the development of sports work and the Olympic movement at the global level were discussed, in addition to voting on the winning city to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, which was won by the Italian cities of Milan and Cortina. While the State of Qatar is eagerly awaiting to host the most prominent sporting event in the world and to become the first Arab country to host the World Cup, the State of Qatar maintains a great record in terms of hosting international sporting events, as Doha had the honor of hosting hundreds of international sporting events, including all kinds of sports, and various age groups. Furthermore, the number of sports events for this year reached 575 events throughout the current year 2022, which is the highest number the Qatar Sports Federation organized since its establishment. It is worth mentioning that the State of Qatar's interest in sports stems from its awareness and recognition of the growing role of sport in building a healthy human being who strongly and effectively participates in his nation's march towards building, development, and advancement. Nevertheless, sport is one of the most important pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030. Through its great interest in sports affairs, Qatar has succeeded in occupying a leading position in the world in the field of sports, and become the capital of global sports. Moreover, Qatar does not merely host sporting events, but rather it enjoys a wealth of sporting talents, and a rich achievement record, in addition to world-class sports facilities such as Aspire Academy and Aspetar Hospital, which is the first hospital specialized in sports medicine in the region. Not to mention an integrated sports infrastructure including unique World Cup stadiums, which are considered a national and global heritage that will benefit future generations. In addition to the above, the State of Qatar has raised its interest in sports to the point of becoming the first country worldwide to celebrate an annual day devoted to sports, being an official holiday, whose objective is to raise awareness of the importance of sports, elevate its status, and enhance sports’ role in the lives of individuals, societies, and peoples. (QNA)