During 2021, the State of Qatar will continue its sports leadership in the Middle East, and prove its worth as the capital of Arab and international sports, by hosting and organizing many tournaments, events and various events that confirm day after day the global position that Doha has reached and is unique in the region.
The year 2021 witnessed more achievements and successes at the sports level and at all levels, whether team or individual sports or organizing and hosting all events despite the Corona / Covid-19 pandemic.
The State of Qatar has successfully hosted the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021 in its tenth edition, which was held for the first time under the supervision of the International Football Association (FIFA), during the period from November 30 to December 18, corresponding to the National Day of the country.
H H the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani attended the closing ceremony of the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021 at Al Bayt Stadium, and the final match between Algeria and Tunisia, which ended 2-0 in favor of the Algerian team, where H H the Amir handed him the championship trophy.
The Qatar national team succeeded in winning the third place and the bronze medals, after beating its Egyptian counterpart 5/4 on penalties in the match to determine the third place, which was held at 974 Stadium in Ras Abu Aboud area. Akram Afif, the star of the Qatari team, won the bronze ball as the best third player in the tournament. Which witnessed an unparalleled success and came as a real rehearsal before the organization of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, a whole year.
Qatar also organized for the first time the Formula 1 World Championship, where Losail International Circuit hosted the 20th round of the 2021 World Championship.
The tour achieved a remarkable organizational success, with the wide participation of the world’s most prominent champions in this sport, who competed in order to achieve victory and collect points to enhance their positions in the general standings, whether at the level of drivers or constructors.
In the forefront of the Qatari achievements witnessed in 2021, the achievements of the Qatar champions, which was represented in the historic achievement in the 32nd Summer Olympic Games (Tokyo 2020), which were postponed due to the Corona pandemic, by obtaining two gold medals and a bronze medal by crowning the weightlifter Faris Ibrahim Hassouna Won the gold medal in the 96 kg weightlifting competition. The Qatari athlete won the gold medal after lifting a total of 402 kilograms in the total snatch and net, which is a new Olympic record.
The second gold medal went to champion Moataz Barshim in the high jump competition in athletics, when he achieved a height of 2.37 meters to win the gold in partnership with the Italian champion Gianmarco Tampere, who achieved the same height after the referee approved Barshim’s proposal to award the gold to the two champions in a historical snapshot that embodies the meaning of Sportsmanship in the Olympics.. The third medal came when the Qatari team, consisting of the duo Sherif Younis and Ahmed Tejan, won the bronze medal in the beach volleyball competition, the first Arab medal in a non-individual game in the history of the Olympics.
The champion Abdul Rahman Abdul Qadir also won the bronze medal for the F34 shot put competition at the Paralympic Games, in a new achievement that reflects his capabilities, and he previously won the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Among the Qatari achievements for the year 2021, the Qatar Olympic Committee won the “Advanced National Olympic Committee” award, granted by the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC). The award was received by HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, President of the Qatar Olympic Committee, during the awards ceremony of the Association of National Olympic Committees on the sidelines of the meetings The Twenty-fifth General Assembly of the Federation, which was held on the Greek island of Crete on October 24. It grants ANOC the Advanced National Olympic Committee Award to the Olympic committees that won their first gold medals in the Olympic Games.
Qatari achievements continued in the World Weightlifting Championships hosted by the Uzbek capital Tashkent this December, where Qatari weightlifter Faris Ibrahim Hassouna achieved two medals (gold and silver) in the 96 kg weight competition within the competitions.. Faris won the gold medal in the netter lift after he managed to lift the weight of With a weight of 222 kg, he ranked first.. The silver medal was won by Fares in the group with a total weight of 394 kg (222 kg for the nitro and 172 kg for the snatch).
Sports achievements continue in the State of Qatar this year, as the Qatari Olympic football team qualified for the AFC U-23 Cup finals, which will be hosted by Uzbekistan next year, after drawing with its Syrian counterpart 1-1 at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, in the third and final round of the group competitions. The first, which was hosted by Qatar over a period of five days, from 25-31 October last.
In the year 2021, Doha also hosted the African Super match, which brought together the Egyptian club Al-Ahly, the champions of the African Champions League, and the Moroccan club Raja Club, the champion of the Confederation Cup (Confederation of African Football). 1 .
As part of the preparations for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, this year witnessed the unveiling of the official countdown clock on November 21, in a special celebration on the Doha Corniche, marking one year left for the tournament. This wonderful clock was revealed to fans around the world who Catch up on the live stream and start the one-year countdown.
Qatar continued to achieve championships, as the Qatari swimming team won the title of the age groups in the 28th Gulf Cooperation Council Water Games Championship that took place in Doha from 19 to 22 last August, after winning 52 medals (30 gold, 15 silver and 7 bronze). He finished runner-up to the general category with 10 medals (3 gold, 6 silver and 1 bronze).
The Qatari swimming team also won 30 medals, including 11 gold, 9 silver and 10 bronze, and achieved first place for the 16-18 year category, in the first Arab Championship for Sunni ages in the short course (25 meters), which was held in the UAE capital from 24 to 27 last October. .
In October, the Qatar Swimming Association organized the third round of the Swimming World Cup 2021 in the short track (25 meters), which was held at Hamad Water Sports Complex and lasted for three days with the participation of a group of the world’s most prominent male and female swimmers.
In handball, Al Duhail FC won the 23rd Asian Championship for Men’s Handball Champions Clubs, which was held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from 12 to 21 June, after its victory in the final match against Kuwait’s Kuwait, 27/24.
This year also witnessed the State of Qatar hosting, with great success, for the first time, the Men’s and Women’s Padel Championship (Qatar 2021) in November with the participation of 16 teams. Asia and Africa region.
This tournament came as a new global sports wedding, which was celebrated by the State of Qatar with an official and a large audience, during which it inaugurated a new stage in the history of this game, which was played and its championships were held in the countries of America and Europe only.
Successive sports achievements have been the success of the Qatar Tennis, Squash and Badminton Federation, successfully hosting the Qatar Classic Squash Championship for professional players, which it has organized since 2001.
In the same context, the Qatar Federation also organized on the courts of the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex the Qatar ExxonMobil Tennis Championships for men, one of the ATP tours of the 250-point category, and Qatar Total Women’s Tennis, one of the WTA Tours.