Qatar Olympic Committee Secretary-General Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman al-Thani and other officials pose with the winning teams after the conclusion of the Shawahif Third Annual Rowing Championship. Al Khor won QR one million after finishing first in the race.
Al Khor Team hit a one million Qatari Riyal jackpot by winning the Third annual Rowing Championship (Shawahif) held in Doha Bay yesterday.
Conducted under the auspices of the Qatar Olympic Committee in a bid to promote traditional regional sports, the race witnessed the participation of 10 teams from Qatar and was watched by hundreds of spectators.
Al Wakrah finished runners-up and bagged QR700,000 for their efforts while Laffan took QR500,000 for finishing third.
“We are thrilled to finish first because it was a tough event with many worthy contenders,” said Al Khor captain Sultan al-Muraikhi.
“We thank the QOC for organizing this wonderful event and we hope to continue winning when it is held next,” he added.
Al Wakrah, led by Zayed al-Mazroui, were ahead initially but lost their way in the wake of a fightback by Al Khor.
“We were unlucky to finish second but we are not complaining,” said captain al-Mazroui.
“Hopefully we can make amends next time.”
QOC General Secretary HE Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, along with other top officials attended the race and gave away the prizes.
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