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DOHA: The Qatar Basketball Federation (QBF) yesterday unveiled two new trophies which will be presented to the winners of the Emir Cup and the Heir Apparent Cup this season.
The first trophy will be presented to the winner of the Heir Apparent Cup final to be played between Al Rayyan and Eljaish today at Al Gharafa Indoor Hall.
The trophies have been designed by Iraqi sculptor Ahmed Al Bahrani and unveiled by Sheikh Saoud bn Abdulrehman Al Thani, President of QBF, at a glittering ceremony at St Regis Hotel.
“We have gone traditional with the falcon-look of the trophy. Falcon is known for high-altitude flying. The falcon flies high and seeks out its target,” Sheikh Saoud said while giving details of the new trophies.
“That’s the symbolism in these new trophies. Even the sport of basketball is pretty similar. The players fly in the air and score points. The players try to dominate their rivals,” Sheikh Saoud said.
“We have tried to bring the idea together of falcons with that of basketball players. The leap and the jump is similar for both,” he explained.
“The trophy was conceptualized by Ahmed Al Bahrani. He is the one who designed the trophy which was presented when Qatar staged the Gulf Cup (in 2005),” Sheikh Saoud said
“You may have seen the Olympic rings at Aspire Zone (outside the Khalifa Stadium). He’s a well known figure when it comes to designing trophies, especially in the Arab world,” the QBF president said. “He’s a great artist. He imagined this and brought to reality by bringing out this amazing piece of trophy. The new trophies would be attractive to the clubs,” Sheikh Saoud said. THE PENINSULA