Mascot Fahed symbolises a six-year-old Qatari boy.
Doha: The winner of the mascot contest for the 24th Men’s Handball World Championship were awarded by Dr Thani Abdulrahman Al Kuwari, Director General of Qatar 2015 Organising Committee.
In cooperation with Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar), the committee initiated the contest to create a memorable mascot.
The result of the contest – mascot Fahed, symbolising a six-year-old Qatari boy was introduced to the public during the official mascot and countdown launch on Qatar National Sport Day, attended by H E Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Khalifa Al Thani, President of the committee, and Dr Hassan Moustafa, President of International Handball Federation.
“Fahed is more than a mascot. He is an ambassador of Qatar for handball and the event, showcasing hospitality, friendship, and sportive ambitions of the country in a charming way,” said Dr Thani Abdulrahman Al Kuwari during the award ceremony at the headquarters of the committee on Wednesday.
He praised proposals created by students of the university: “It was extraordinary for all of us to see how many ideas had been presented in the contest not only to create a mascot but also to fill it with life. Fahed will be the face of the championship, he will transport our ideals and dreams to spectators at the venues and via TV all over the world.”
This contest was launched as a starting point of common projects of the committee with universities in Qatar prior to and during the world championship.
“We want local talents to get involved in this event, we are planning to have internships in departments to interact with universities. We are willing to count on our future stars to make the championship a success”, Dr Al Kuwari said, adding he looked forward to a fruitful cooperation with Doha-based universities.
Roger Griffiths, Director of Entrepreneurship at VCUQatar, explained the run-down of the contest and how his students worked to create the mascot.
“VCUQatar has been honoured to work with the committee in the design and development of the mascot.
“VCUQatar aims to support a generation of young designers to create a thriving, vibrant and sustainable design sector for Qatar and industry-led projects enable the university to build a culture around creativity and entrepreneurship.
“Sponsored projects bring local organisations and aspiring young designers together to produce exceptional creative work, helping students develop transferable skills they will need to secure employment in the future.
“This project embodies the spirit of VCUQatar’s mission to provide students with world-class education and linking them with industry sponsors to gain insights into real life projects and challenges. This project is the start of a long-term collaboration between VCUQatar and the committee.
“VCUQatar is thrilled that our students have been able to make a significant contribution to the success of the Handball Championship in 2015,” he said.
Griffiths and Dr Al Kuwari presented the prize money to the winner, VCUQatar student Roda Al Thani. The second and third participants were presented with cheques.
“We are thankful and pleased by your work and contribution to this contest,” Dr Al Kuwari said and donated a cheque to VCQ Qatar for cooperation and support.