FIG officials happy with World Championships facilities
Doha: A delegation team from the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) had a two-day tour of the Aspire Dome, which will host the 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in October.
The FIG officials, which included Terhi Toivanen (Sports Event Manager for Men's Artistic Gymnastics), Celine Cachemaille (Sports Event Manager for Women's Artistic Gymnastics), and Olivier Strebel (Director of TV broadcasting, communications and marketing) were in the city to oversee the preparation for the Worlds, which will be hosted in the region for the first time.
The delegates were taken on a guided tour by the Qatar Gymnastics Federation’s (QGF) top brass including President Ali Ahmed Al Hitmi, who is also the CEO of the Tournament Committee.
The officials inspected the competitions halls, training areas, changing rooms besides other important locations inside the venue, which recently hosted the 11th FIG Artistic World Cup as a test event.
“It was a general inspection tour that is mandatory before any top international tournaments. Doha is ready to host the Worlds and look forward to receiving the world and Olympic champions,” said Al Hitmi.
The QGF head also added the visiting delegates heaped praise on Qatar's passion for sports and excellent infrastructure.
In fact, the annual event’s success coupled with excellent facilities and organisational experience in hosting international sports competition helped Doha bagged the tournament rights in 2014.
The delegates later had a discussion with the QGF and Organising Committee members Abeer Al Buainain, Mohammed Al Maraghi, Mohammed Al Missned, Abdulrahman Al Muftah, Mbarek Al Ali, Maryam Al Mahmoud and Anis Saoud.