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Sports: The Legacy Of Qatar

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Sports: The Legacy Of Qatar

With the 2022 FIFA World Cup fast approaching, Qatar is looking to improve its sports culture by focusing on health initiatives, gender issues and infrastructure development.  By Noor Al-Thani and Tamador Al-Sulaiti

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Why People Do Not Attend Football Matches in Qatar

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Why People Do Not Attend Football Matches in Qatar

Some of the reasons may surprise you! By Amna Nasralla Qatar's Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics conducted a survey, with the help of the Qatar Football Association and the Sports Statistics Technical Committee, to study the reasons why people do not attend football matches in Qatar. This survey was published in 2014, and studied residents' attendance during the 2013 football season. The ministry surveyed 1,079 people total and organized their respondents by gender and nationality: The results were divided into the following categories: personal reasons, organizational causes, and service causes. Sixty-seven percent of respondents cited a lack of time as a...

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Naturalized Players Dominate Qatar’s Sports Scene

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Naturalized Players Dominate Qatar’s Sports Scene

The 2015 24th Men's Handball World Championship made one thing clear: there are not enough Qataris on Qatar's national teams. With the 2022 FIFA World Cup looming, the country is making efforts to build interest in sports among Qataris. By Malak Monir and Sara Al-Thani Qatar has come under fire for its over-dependence on naturalized players - non-Qataris who are granted temporary citizenship so they can represent the country in international competitions on its national teams. FIFA President Joseph “Sepp” Blatter took the country to task for having a team consisting mostly of recently naturalized citizens representing it during the 2015 24th Men’s Handball World...

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Breaking Barriers

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Breaking Barriers

As Qatar continues to develop, more women are interested in becoming athletes. But social and cultural obstacles prevent many from achieving their dreams. By Sara Al-Thani “I can’t do what I love because I am a girl, because I am something I didn’t ask to be.” This is how 17-year-old Mai Nasser recalled feeling when her family discouraged her from joining the Qatari national women’s soccer team. “It doesn’t motivate me when I am forced to pick another career that I am not really interested in just to please society,” she said. This begs the question: how much have gender relations truly changed in Qatar, particularly in sports? A decade ago, Qatari women were expected...

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Qatar Olympic Committee’s Sports Facilities in Qatar 2013/2014

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Qatar Olympic Committee’s Sports Facilities in Qatar 2013/2014

For such a small country, Qatar is home to countless facilities that cater to every interest. By Amna Nasralla Below is a listing of sports facilities in Qatar from 2013 to 2014. Data compiled from the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics.       Furgan: Neighborhoods    ...

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Doha’s Laborers Seek Sporting Grounds

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Doha’s Laborers Seek Sporting Grounds

Migrant workers make for some of Qatar's most ardent sports fans. They spend their weekdays building stadiums, but they cannot actually play in them. Despite the challenges, these amateur athletes find a way to get their fix. By Malak Monir The field is alive with sound: the sharp crack of ball hitting bat, the shouts and taunts of players, and the cheers of spectators. All of it underscored by the deep, drum-like beat of plastic bottles clapped against hands. The rubble-strewn remains of what was once a house are now teeming with color. Men in brightly colored shirts stake out pieces of the field. There are at least half a dozen games of cricket going on at once, a...

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