The Ezghowi team defeated Al Gharrafah, 2-0 while Al Sharq won against Al Wa’ab 2-0, and Al Najmah trounced Al Doha 2-0, during the opening matches of the Katara – the Cultural Village Beach Volleyball Championship on Thursday.
Three matches will be played every night until the final match on June 29, said Katara’s Beach Management, which is organising and hosting the competition.
The tournament saw matches between Katara and Umm-Ghwailenah, Al Saltah and Al Wakrah; and Musherib playing against Al Muntazah last night.
“The second edition of the tournament has increased the number of participating teams from 10 in 2015 to 12 this year. Also, we changed the rules of the game and therefore the number of players was made less,” tournament supervisor Abdulrahman Yousef said.
He said prizes are divided into three categories, with the winner of the title to get QR30,000, the second placer receiving QR20,000, and the third placer getting QR10,000 at a special ceremony following the final match of the tournament on June 29, the 18th of Ramadan.
Yousef added that the 2016 Ramadan edition of the volleyball tournament, which is divided into two groups of teams, is witnessing “great competition as 12 teams including the 2015 champion Katara are eyeing the first position and fighting for the title.”