Preparations on track for FIG Challenge Cup
09 Mar 2017 - 22:45
By Rizwan Rehmat / The Peninsula
With less than two weeks to go before the start of the 10th FIG World Challenge Cup, Qatar Gymnastics Federation (QGF) President Ali Al Hitmi yesterday met with members of the Organising Committee that has been assigned to stage the high profile event from March 22-25.
Abeer Ali Abdullah Albuainain, the Assistant Secretary General, QGF, and Anis Saoud, Director of the Tournament, were also present during the meeting as were the rest of the members of the committee.
"The eagerly-awaited event is just a few days away and we called thismeeting to assess our readiness for the top event," Al Hitmi told the assembled media.
Al Hitmi confirmed that the championship will be held at Aspire Academy in what will be the 10th edition of the tournament.
"More than 240 gymnasts will feature in the 10th edition. We have confirmed entries from more than 30 countries," Al Hitmi said.
"The distinct change in this year's edition will be the participation of gymnasts from five Arab nations including Qatar, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Algeria," Al Hitmi said.
"This tournament is a great opportunity for us to test our readiness for the World Championships that will be held in 2018," Al Hitmi said.
"The global gymnastics family - the FIG - has great appreciation for our events. We have to continue to work hard in delivering an amazing tournament this month and in the future," he said.
The sub-committees also provided their reports on the work completed so far.
"We discussed matters that needed my attention. We have some work to do but overall we feel all logistical matters have been finalised," he said.
"Our marketing committee is also busy promoting the championship," Al Hitmi said.
"The other main point we discussed was the assembly and work chart of the volunteers. We know that we need to give our group of volunteers the right amount of first-hand experience since Qatar will host the World Championships next year," he said.
"You will see a lot more volunteers this time around as we have already started preparing for the 2018 World Championships," Al Hitmi said.
"We will closely monitor the performances of the volunteers since this is a great chance for us to shake off the cobwebs, if at all," Al Hitmi said.
"I have addressed the heads of the committees working to complete our preparations for the March 22-25 championship. I have underlined the work that needs their attention. They know for continued success, we have to work together and round the clock," the QGF President pointed out.
"Professionalism is at the core of our efforts. My teams knows this well," Al Hitmi said.