UCI Worlds will raise Qatar’s profile to new heights, says Al Hemaidi

 26 Sep 2016 - 3:22

UCI Worlds will raise Qatar’s profile to new heights, says Al Hemaidi

The Peninsula

Doha: Preparations are in full swing to host a successful UCI Road World Championships Doha 2016 which is just few weeks away.
All major competitions are made up of innumerous little details, the moving parts that make the event machinery work. Multiple problems can be expected to crop up, with little or no warning.
Under such circumstances, it is imperative to have a veteran troubleshooter on board to get things back on track. For the Local Organising Committee of the UCI Road World Championships Doha 2016, that person is Executive Director Ahmed Abdulla Al Hemaidi (pictured).
Al Hemaidi, one of the longest serving officials at the Qatar Cycling Federation, has been an integral part of every decision related to the Road World Championships in Doha.
“This is the competition’s first visit to the Middle East and it’s a big honour for us to be chosen to host it. It brings with it a lot of added value for our country. We’ll yet again prove we’re up to the challenge of hosting any kind of sporting event,” Al Hemaidi said. “Once the event begins, the world’s collective focus will be on Qatar and we’ll do everything possible to showcase our country. We are on target with preparations. We are working hard to ensure the competition is unlike anything seen before.”
Al Hemaidi also said that Doha has always been an excellent host for international events.
“Our sporting legacy truly began with the hosting of the 2006 Doha Asian Games. Since then, there has been no turning back. The country organised key events in many disciplines, including the AFC Asian Cup football, Arab Games and the IAAF Indoor Athletics World Championships. Now it is our turn to contribute to the country’s growing legacy in sports. The UCI Road World Championships Doha 2016 is arguably the biggest international event in the last decade,” he added.
Al Hemaidi also said that the international event is arguably the biggest single-discipline competition Qatar has ever held.
Having won the bid to host the event during the 2012 UCI Road World Championships in Netherlands, Qatar has been preparing and counting down days to this event. 
“This competition will raise Qatar’s profile to new heights in the world of cycling,” he added.
“We pride ourselves on the wealth of local expertise we have created by organising major cycling events. Races like the Tour of Qatar, Ladies Tour of Qatar and the Tour of Zubarah helped us build a strong organisational base, in terms of staff and volunteers. It’ll stand us in good stead during the UCI Road World Championships Doha 2016.”
Commenting on the difference of this race from the Tour of Qatar and other events in the past, Al Hemaidi said that it will be a totally different experience. 
“Each year, the Tours bring together a limited number of teams, over five or six race days. But the UCI Road World Championships is much wider in scope, with a far greater number of national teams and cyclists. We are expecting around 1,000 riders from 75 countries to take part,” Al Hemaidi went on to say.