AFC U-23 Asian Cup Qatar 2024// Qatar a Leading Destination for Major Tournaments, Says Organizing Committee CEO

Doha: CEO of the Organizing Committee of the AFC U-23 Asian Cup Qatar 2024, Jassim Abdulaziz Al Jassim, said that Qatar established itself as a leading destination for hosting major tournaments according to the highest approved standards.

He expressed his happiness at watching Asias junior stars and future Olympic players competing in another exceptionally successful prestigious event that leverages world-class sports infrastructure.

Speaking to the media after the end of the tournament, Al Jassim said the State of Qatar is committed to the basic Olympic values and principles and believes in the power of football and its ability to unite people and instill values of respect and solidarity.

He noted that the tournament was based on the State of Qatar’s human heritage which contributed to the successful hosting of many major sporting events.

The State of Qatar’s high-level human competencies and capabilities have laid strong foundations for the culture of volunteerism necessary to provide support and assis
tance to host major sporting tournaments, in line with the directives of Qatar’s wise leadership, and the Qatar National Vision 2030, which laid out the basic principles for consolidating Qatar’s position as a preferred destination for global sports.

The event, which kicked off April 15 and concluded May 3, brought together 16 teams on the same venues that hosted the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

Japan, which secured the title, advanced to the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics along with Uzbekistan and Iraq.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Al Rayyan Win Men’s Handball League Title

Doha: Al Rayyan claimed the title of Men’s Handball League two rounds before the end of the competition after defeating Al Arabi 32-24 in their match at Al Duhail Sports Hall today in the sixteenth round of the league.

Al Rayyan dominated in the first half which ended with 17-11 and continued dominance in the second half to ultimately win by an eight-goal margin.

With this victory, Al Rayyan raised their tally to 45 points, winning the title for the fifteenth time in their history, regardless of the results of their remaining two matches against Al Duhail and Al Shamal, while Al Arabi finished in second place with 40 points and lost their chance to obtain the league title.

In other matches, Al Duhail defeated Al Wakrah 27-26 with 37 points in third place compared to 30 points for Al Wakrah in sixth place.

Al Ahli also defeated Al Shamal with 25-24, raising Al Ahli’s points to 35 in fourth place and Al Shamal’s points to 19 in tenth place.

Al Sadd beat Al Gharafa with 37-33, bringing their tally to 28 po
ints in seventh place compared to 32 points for Al Gharafa in fifth place. Qatar also beat Al Khor with 27-26, raising their points to 19 in ninth place and Al Khor in eighth place with the same tally.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Al Rayyan, Qatar SC Reach Semi-finals of HH the Amir Volleyball Cup

Doha: Al Rayyan and Qatar SC reached the semi-finals of HH the Amir Volleyball Cup for the season (2023-2024) after defeating Al Wakrah and Al Gharafa respectively, in their matches held at the Qatar Volleyball Association Hall within the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Al Rayyan defeated Al Wakrah by 25 – 12, 25 – 17, 25 – 20, while Qatar SC beat Al Gharafa by 25 – 21, 17 – 25, 25 – 21, 25 – 22.

On Saturday, Al Arabi and Al Shorta also qualified for the semi-finals after defeating Al Ahli and Al Sadd respectively.

Source: Qatar News Agency

10th Senyar Festival Wraps Up

Doha: May 04 – The 10th edition of the Senyar Festival wrapped up on Saturday with the General Manager of Katara Cultural Village Foundation Dr. Khaled bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti honoring the winners.

The honoring ceremony was attended by the participating teams, the general public, and maritime heritage enthusiasts.

The first place prize went to Team Suhail with 376.66 kg, with the team’s fisherman Hamad Ali Al Tamimi receiving the trophy and a prize of QR 1,000,000.

The second place went to Team Al Zubara with 349.6 kg, for which Nasser Khalifa Al Malham received a prize of QR 500,000. As for the third place, it was secured by Team Al Jaryyan with 348.5 kg, for which Hamad Nasser Al Suwaidi received a prize of QR 300,000.

The ceremony also honored the top-3 winners in the largest fish competition. Team Suhail came in first place with a weight of 16.40 kg, with Hamad Ali Al Tamimi receiving a prize of QR50,000. The second place went to Team Al Khor with 12.40 kg, with Saoud Abdulaziz Al Mohannadi receiving
a prize of QR 30,000, followed by Team Belhambar who won third place with 12.25 kg, with fisherman Ali Mohammed Al Emadi receiving a prize of QR 20,000.

On this occasion Katara General Manager stressed in his address that Senyar revives the heritage of the ancestors, recalling their feats and glories. He pointed out the significance of the festival in reviving the traditions of the first generation and embodying their struggles. He expressed his pride in Senyar’s continued success this year, attracting more youth from Qatar and the other GCC countries, establishing the festival’s role in reviving the maritime heritage in Qatar and the region.

Source: Qatar News Agency