DOHA: HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, opened on Saturday the meetings of the General Assembly of the International Handball Federation (IHF), hosted by Doha on Oct. and running to Oct.27, with the participation of a large number of the Federation's member states.
The opening session was attended by HE the Minister of Youth and Sports Salah bin Ghanim Al-Ali, Sheikh Ahmed Fahd Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah the President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) who is also chairman of the Asian Olympic Council and Chairman of the Asian Handball Federation (AHF), secretary genera of Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) HE Sheikh Saud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, President of IHF Dr. Hassan Mustafa and President of Qatar Handball Federation (QHF) Ahmad Mohammad Al-Shaabi in addition to IHF members and representatives of IHF's member federations from the Five continents.
HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, while addressing the opening session of the General Assembly, welcomed the guests in the State of Qatar, wishing them pleasant stay in Qatar.
"I am pleased to be with you in this world sports gathering, which brings together the top level administrative and technical leaders of handball all over the world," he said.
Adding "I would also like to convey to all of you the greetings of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and wishes to you for success."
"The government and people of the State of Qatar welcome you all, and wish for the meetings of the General Assembly of the International Handball Federation to be culminated with success and achievement of goals and objectives" he said.
Adding, "I seize this opportunity to invite all of you to attend the World Men's Handball Championship slated in Doha 2015. (QNA)