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GCC Sports Tournament For Universities And Higher Education Institutes To Be Held In Feb

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The 9th Edition of GCC Sports Tournament for Universities and Higher Education Institutes will be held in Doha next year, with the participation of around 1,000 participants from 20 universities and educational institutes from the region, organisers said yesterday. 

The tournament is returning to Qatar since 1993, and Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) will host the Ninth Edition of GCC Sports Tournament for Universities and Higher Education Institutes. The tournament will be held from February 2 to 10, 2023 and bring together students to compete in six sports: football, volleyball, table tennis, padel, athletics, and swimming. 

The Tournament's Supervisory Committee held a preparatory meeting at HBKU, yesterday and it was followed by a press conference. 

Development Director, HBKU, and Vice-President of the Tournament Organisational Committee, Noor Al Jassim speaking to media on the sidelines of the press conference said that hosting the Ninth Sports Tournament for GCC Universities and Higher Education Institutes is significant as it is the second most prominent sporting event for the GCC countries. 

“We expect between 800 and 1,000 participants from 20 governmental universities and educational institutes from the region,” she said. 

All competitions of the tournament will be held on the sports grounds and facilities in Education City and Aspire Zone Foundation, logistics partner for the tournament.

“While the tournament will promote cooperation, inclusivity, and healthy competition among the students, it will also build closer ties on an institutional level.

It's an opportunity to strengthen mutual efforts to leverage a form of sports diplomacy that contributes to the region's social development,” said Al Jassim addressing the press conference. 

Head of Higher Education, Secretariat General of the GCC, Mohammed Hamad Altuwaijry, Dr. Maryam Al Mannai, Vice-President for Student Affairs, HBKU, and President of the Tournament Organisational Committee, and Faisal Al Mohannadi, Senior Student Engagement Supervisor, HBKU, and Manager of the Tournament also addressed the press conference. 

“We conducted multiple meetings during which we discussed the plan of the tournament, approved its logo, the time of holding it, and the proposed games. The committee has also agreed to raise the age ceiling for participants as HBKU is a university that offers higher studies programmes. 

“The committee members toured the distinguished sportsgrounds and state-of-the-art facilities that will host the tournament and concluded that they will contribute to hosting an exceptional edition,” said Hamad Altuwaijry.

HBKU was selected to host the tournament by the Committee of Deans of Student Affairs for Universities in the Arab Gulf during its 32nd meeting, held in the Sultanate of Oman in February 2022, under the umbrella of the Secretariat General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and with 37 GCC universities and educational institutes attending.


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