Qatar’s national coach Juan Carlos Gonzalez felt the World Boxing Championships, which Doha would host in 2015, will help the sport develop in the region.
By Sports Reporter/Doha
Qatar set to welcome the best boxers in the world in just 20 days, as final preparations are conducted by local organisers and Team Qatar heads to Poland for an exclusive training camp. Between 5th to 15th October next month, a new glorious chapter will be written in Qatar’s already impressive history of hosting major international sports events, as the AIBA World Boxing Championships will be held in the Middle East for the first time.
The Executive Director of the local organising committee, Yousuf Ali al-Kazim is confident that the World Championships will be a fabulous experience for spectators watching from the ringside at the state-of-the-art Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Arena.
“After having put in thousands of hours into these World Championships, it is a great feeling for us to reach this milestone of only 20 days to go. Thanks to the great co-ordination with the AIBA (the International Boxing Association) delegation, and the relentless support from the Qatar Olympic Committee, preparations are now almost complete,” al-Kazim said, while adding:
“We are now rolling out marketing initiatives with full force, while also landing the final details for fan zones and entertainment in and around the arena. We hope that sports fans all over the country, but also across the GCC region, will come and experience the marquee event in the boxing calendar this year – it is going to be spectacular, fun and engaging for all the family!”
With 20 days to go, the Qatar national boxing team is also entering into final preparation mode. Coach Juan Carlos Gonzalez yesterday took his team to a training camp in Poland, where he hopes the Qatari boxers can get ready for the biggest performances of their lives.
“We are still a small boxing nation,” the 55-year-old Cuban said, “… to be able to fight in the World Championships on home soil is absolutely massive for these boys. Ever since it was clear that Doha won the bid, they have been working so hard to get fit and ready. For them it is a great opportunity to test themselves against the world’s best boxers, and as you can imagine, they cannot wait to perform in front of their own fans, friends and families.”
Tickets are priced between QR10-50 and will soon be available for purchase online through Virgin Tickets and in Virgin Megastores in Doha, as well as at the Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Arena throughout the Doha 2015 AIBA World Championships between 5-15 October.
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