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Doha: Several hundred spectators are expected at City Center Mall tomorrow to witness the Qatar qualifier of Red Bull Crashed Ice.
Under the auspices of the Qatar Ice Hockey League and in partnership with Vodafone, MINI and the popular online community iLoveQatar.net, Red Bull Crashed Ice Doha scheduled to take place at 6pm at the City Center Ice ring.
The event now has 32 confirmed local participants, who will face-off against each other in head-to-head battles round a specially designed assault course of bumps, jumps and slaloms whilst reaching speeds of up to 50km/hour.
Synthetic ice from Europe is being shipped in to construct the course. In addition MINI, the global sponsor of the championship, will provide the centerpiece obstacle. Friday’s winner of Red Bull Crashed Ice Doha will have the chance to represent Qatar in the World Championship final in Quebec City, Canada, on March 19.
Qatar’s reigning champion, Bill Chase, who went on to compete in the world championship final in Canada last year, said he would be returning to defend his title, and was expecting to see some stiff competition in the qualifier.
“I gained a lot of experience in the championship finals last year,’ said Chase. ‘This may give me an edge on Friday, but there are some really strong up-and-coming young talents in the Qatar Ice Hockey League and ultimately this kind of competition is anyone’s game.”
Red Bull Crashed Ice is an exciting hybrid sport, combining elements from ice hockey and boarder cross. Red Bull Crashed Ice made its debut in January 2000 in Stockholm, and has since been held in many countries around the world. An added bonus at Red Bull Crashed Ice this year is the introduction of the MINI Rookie Award. This prize goes to the best new comer to Red Bull Crashed Ice and is being awarded for the first time in the history of the sport.