(MENAFN- The Peninsula) By Fawad Hussain I The Peninsula
Doha: Hailing the recently-concluded FIG Artistic Individual World Cup a huge success, President of the Qatar Gymnastics Federation (QGF) Ali Al Hitmi has vowed to host a memorable World Championships when top athletes will come back to Doha later this year.
Qatar, which has been hosting the FIG World Cup series since 2007 will become the first country in the Middle East to host the mega event scheduled from October 25 November 3, 2018.
The QGF tested their mettle for hosting the spectacle during the World Cup which was held from March 21 to 24 at the Aspire Dome. Over 360 athletes from 39 countries took part in the four-day annual event which saw thrilling battles as gymnasts fought for a total of 10 gold medals.
'The event was a successful dress rehearsal for the World Championships, Al Hitmi said.
'We have plenty of experience of hosting top notch events and I am confident we will be able to deliver memorable World Championships in Doha, he added.
'We will try very hard to make it best World Championships for artistic gymnastics because we have great capabilities and modern facilities.
Top International Federation of Gymnastics, who were here during the event, praised QGF for hosting successful World Cup series since 11 years and hoped World Championships in Qatar will be a blockbuster.
In addition, top gymnasts also showed their interest in participating in the October-November event.
Uzbek veteran Oksana Chusovitana who successfully defended her volt title on Friday said she was desperate to come to Doha.
' I love competing in Doha. The support I get here from the spectators here motivates me to come back again and again, the 42-year-old said. 'I am looking forward to come here and win more gold medals, she added.
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