10/15/2018 3:49:51 PM (GMT+3)

We thank sponsors for their unstinted support: Al Hitmi

We thank sponsors for their unstinted support: Al Hitmi

DOHA: The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics Championships signed agreements with a host of local sponsors here on Monday.

“We’re happy to partner with our local sponsors to deliver what is expected to be the best in the championships history. The support has been very tremendous. We look forward to a successful event,” said Hitmi competition CEO Ali Ahmed Al Hitmi at a Press conference.

The 10-day event, to be held until November 3, is sponsored by Aspire Zone, Aspetar, Qatar Airways, Ooredoo, Alkass TV, Qatar Tourism Authority, Woqod, The Look Company, Taishan and Teyseer Group.

“With less than ten days to go for the region’s first-ever gymnastics worlds, we’re excited to be a part of history,” added Al Hitmi.

Qatar will be the first Arab and third Asian nation to host the Worlds after Japan (1995 & 2011) and China (1999 & 2014).

“We are working round the clock to ensure that all arrangements are perfected before the Opening Ceremony,” he added.

Over 700 athletes from about 78 countries are expected to participate at the event.

Competitions will be in 14 disciplines (eight for men and six for women) which will be held at the Aspire Dome.

“The training halls should be open to all accredited media on October 20. It’ll be available for access until October 24, a day before the official Opening Ceremony,” said Deputy Competition Manager Anis Saoud in his presentation.

China, Chinese Taipei, Brazil and Japan have already arrived and have started their training sessions at the Aspire Dome.