2/20/2018 1:37:51 AM

Doha 2018 will be one of the best in history, says Watanabe

Doha 2018 will be one of the best in history, says Watanabe

Doha: The FIG President Morinari Watanabe said the international body will be more than happy to help Qatar Gymnastics Federation (QGF) when it hosts the World Championships next year at the Aspire Dome.

“We’ll collaborate with Qatar on every aspect related to the event. The Worlds in Montreal could help the QGF learn more about the organisational aspect. We’re ready to help them. After the competition in Canada, we can sit with the Qatari officials and chalk out strategies,” said Watanabe, who was elected as the new FIG head at the congress in Tokyo, Japan, last year.

The Japanese exuded confidence Doha would live up to expectations when it hosts the 48th edition in October next year.

“The QGF has a lot of experience in hosting big events including the annual Artistic World Challenge Cup. I think the 2018 Worlds will be one of the best in history,” said Watanabe, who succeeded Bruno Grandi at the helm on January 1.

Watanabe, who was an FIG Executive Committee member, beat France’s Georges Guelzec 100-19 to become the first Asian to head the world body.

“FIG has always set the benchmark after every edition of World Championships. I think the tournament in Doha will be a huge success,” said the 57-year-old sports business management professional, who joined the Japanese Gymnastics Association in 2001 with a mission to revive Japan’s glory days following their medal-less performance at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics.

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