10/13/2018 12:03:58 PM (GMT+3)

Aspire Dome gets ready to welcome world stars

Aspire Dome gets ready to welcome world stars

DOHA: Aspire Dome, which will host the 48th FIG Artistic World Championships, is wearing a new look as preparations speed up for the competition to be held from October 25 to November 3.

Necessary branding materials and apparatuses are already being put in place and the venue is getting the required facelift for the prestigious event.

The branding and arrangements at the Accreditation Centre have been completed while the Media Centre, Competition and Training Halls as well as the VIP section are at advance stages of readiness.

“The venue will be completely ready by October 19,” said LOC Deputy Venues Manager Feras Ahmed. "All hands are completely on deck. We are working round the clock to ensure that the venue is 100 per cent ready before the competition.”

Located in the Aspire Zone, the Dome has the capacity to host 13 different sporting events simultaneously.

The ultra-modern sports facility previously hosted the 2006 Asian Games, 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, 2011 Arab Games and the annual FIG Artistic World Cup Series since 2008.

"The competition will be first qualification event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It will also the world’s biggest gymnastics event and Aspire Dome was the logical pick as a host venue for an event of such magnitude,” said Deputy Competition Manager Anis Saoud.

Qatar will be the first Arab and third Asian nation to host the Worlds after Japan (1995 & 2011) and China (1999 & 2014), but the FIG tournament has never been held in Africa or South America.

“With the large number of participants, we need six training halls, a warm-up hall and the competition hall. Aspire Zone is the only place in Qatar that has this kind of facilities,” Saoud added.

The event will get under way on the first day with the men’s qualifications in subdivision 1, 2 & 3.

“FIG requires a minimum of 6,000 seats. That’s why we’ve added 800 more to reach that requirement,” Saoud said, adding that all the halls at the venue will be used for trainings.

The erstwhile Soviet Union is the most successful nation who have won maximum gold medals and number of medals in the competition.

China is the second most successful country in terms of medals won while Japan is the third most successful nation at the championships.