By Sports Reporter/Doha
FIBA Asia regional office evaluation and educational committee inspected the Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Arena, the venue for the Asian qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, and gave their nod for arrangements.
The site inspection was conducted on Tuesday by FIBA Asia’s sport and competitions manager Marc Missirian and other officials in the presence of Qatar Basketball Federation (QBF) secretary general Ali al-Malki.
While welcoming the officials, Ali al-Malki said, “It’s great to have the FIBA representatives in Doha. With the QBF preparing to host the qualifiers it’s vital that we are up to date on the FIBA rules and regulations,” Malki said.
Speaking on the occasion, Missirian said, “FIBA is an international brand name so it’s important not only to deliver quality games but to do so at a standard where the global community and stakeholders are satisfied.
“We visit host nations to help them well-prepared for the high standards of FIBA event,” he said.
Talking about the venue, Missirian said, “Both stadiums comply with the requirements of FIBA but Al Attiya gives a different experience, it presents a higher international standard and appeal.”
For his part QBF communications co-ordinator Samuel Rico said, “FIBA’s Doha visit is a standard routine. FIBA has set specific parameters as requirements to host qualifying matches and its important that our venues meet the criteria.”
Qatar is in Group D of the FIBA World Cup 2019 qualifiers along with Iraq, Kazakhstan and Iran. Qatar is scheduled to play three matches at home and three away.
The first home match will be played against Kazakhstan on November 24. This will be followed by three consecutive away games before returning home to meet Iran and Iraq on June 29 and July 2, respectively. The World Cup will be held in 2019 in China. An education workshop on the new qualification system for the World Cup was also conducted by FIBA Communications coordinator Hovsep Siderean.
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