(MENAFN- The Peninsula)
QNA Doha: Qatar Rugby, Hockey and Cricket Federation (QRHCF) announced the completion of preparations to host the West Asian Rugby Championship for men and women (Qatar 2021), which will be held at Aspire from October 7 to 10.
The announcement was made at a press conference held yesterday at QRHCF headquarters at Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC).
Hosts Qatar, UAE, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Lebanon and Palestine will take part in the event.
Qatar is the first Arab and Gulf country to win the honour of hosting the Asian Championship, which confirms the great position that Doha enjoys within the expanded family of global sport.
This edition is the first tournament to be held in Asia due to the COVID-19 crisis and Qatar is the only country that was able to host a Rugby tournament after a two-year hiatus.
President of the Asian Rugby federation Qais Abdullah Al Dhali thanked Qatar for hosting the tournament and the major Asian event, and said:“We trust the capabilities of Qatar officials and are confident of a successful tournament.”
The tournament will be attended by more than 200 athletes and the number of participating members. For his part, QRHCF President Youssef Jaham Al Kuwari confirmed that Qatar is ready to host an ideal West Asian Championship for men and women, which will be the first edition that brings together men and women.
"We will secure health requirements in accordance with a number of strict measures during the tournament, in coordination with the Ministry of Public Health, in order to ensure the highest standards of success," he said.
Secretary-General of QRHCF and Chairman of the Organising Committee for the tournament Abdullah Aman Al Khater confirmed the complete readiness to hold competitions at Aspire in the best conditions and atmosphere, stressing that the organising committee made great efforts to provide all requirements for the participating teams and delegations.
The draw was made for the two tournaments, where the start of the competition would be between Syria and UAE for women, followed by Qatar against Iraq.
As for the men's competitions, Team Qatar will play against Lebanon while the start will be with a confrontation between Palestine and Iran, the tournament will be held in one group system.
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