Doha, March 20, 2016-The Qatar Gymnastics Federation’s (QGF) preparations for 2016 FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup are in full swing as gymnasts started arriving in Doha for the showpiece event at Aspire Dome from March 24 to 26.
The event will feature the participation of 33 countries including; China, Cuba, Argentina, Armenia, Sweden, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Costa Rica, Croatia, Finland, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Malaysia, Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Switzerland, Syria, Turkey, Vietnam and hosts Qatar.
The QGF signed the sponsorship contracts with the sponsors and partners recently on the sidelines of the press conference held at Best Western Hotel to brief media on the latest arrangements for the event.
Ali Hitmi, President of the Qatar Gymnastics Federation inked the sponsorship contracts with Aspire Academy, Dana Water Company, Best Western Hotel and Look Advertising Company.
The officials of sponsoring companies said that they are keen on participating in such an event as it features the participation of word’s top gymnasts. The also stressed that hosting the world challenge cup will help develop the Qatari sports. For his part, Al Hitmi, Chairman of Organising Committee extended his appreciation to sponsors and partners for the support to event.
Al Himti lauded the contribution of the sponsors in the success of world challenge cup and said “signing the contracts with the sponsors and partners came days before the event as the Federation is keen on maintaining the level of success, the event used to reach.”
“Hosting the World Challenge Cup for the 9th year in row is reflect the trust of International Gymnastics Federation in the abilities of the Qatari organisational abilities. The event will help us achieve the vision of the Qatar Olympic Committee which is bringing in the world together through sports” Al Hitmi added.
Al Himi also stressed that the tournament was not to achieve such success without the support of Media who played a key role in promoting for the tournament in particular and for Gymnastics in General in the state of Qatar.
The players of Kazakhstan and Armenia arrived in Doha to participate in the event and began their training sessions at Aspire Academy .
The list of participating gymnasts includes China’s Zou Kai who claimed three gold medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He also won two more gold medals and one bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Brazil’s Diego Hypolito will also be seen in Doha during the event. The Brazilian star gymnast won two bronze medals in World Cups in Japan 2011 and China 2014.
On the other hand, the Women’s competitions will feature the participation of Romania’s Catalina Ponor, Larisa Iordache and Diana Bulimar.
Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber, IlariaKäslin, and Stefanie Siegenthaler will also compete in the three-day event.
The State of Qatar will be represented by three players including Farah Tariq, Mahmoud Al Saadi and Ahmad Al Dayani.
Ali Himi wished the Qatari players can qualify to the finals of their disciplines as he stressed that those gymnasts have acquired the necessary experience to do so after sparkling at regional and international levels.