Doha ready to host Handball event in 2015

January 02, 2013 - 12:42:27 am

The Chairman of the Organising Committee Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani (left) and International Handball Federation (IHF) President Dr. Hassan Moustafa pose for a picture at the IHF headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.

Basel, Switzerland: The Chairman of the Organising Committee of the 2015 Handball World Championships, Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani has said that Doha is ready to organise the Handball World Championship which would be the best in the championship history.

During a meeting with President of the International Handball Federation (IHF) Dr. Hassan Moustafa, Sheikh Joaan said that the Doha 2015 Championship will be organised  to a top level and stressed that all the stadiums and matters related to the championship will be ready ahead of schedule.

The meeting, held at the IHF headquarters in Basel, Switzerland recently, was attended by the Secretary-General of the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, who is also the Deputy Chairman of the Organising Committee. The President of Qatar Handball Federation (QHF) and the Championship Executive Director Ahmed Mohammed Al Shaabi, QHF Secretary-General Mohammad Jaber and several officials also attended the meeting at the International Handball Federation headquarters in Switzerland.

During the meeting, Sheikh Joaan presented an outline detailing the organising committee’s vision to Dr Moutsfa and members of the executive office. 

This included the action plan and the recent preparations made by the committee which highlighted the sports facilities and stadiums that will host the event in 2015.

Sheikh Joaan added that with Doha ready to host the Handball World Championship, it reflects Qatar’s interest in organising and hosting an outstanding and unprecedented event.

The organising committee will also be aiming to learn from the upcoming championship in Spain that takes place from 11 to January 27 this year, in what would be the 23rd edition of the prestigious Handball competition. 

During the 2013 competition, Qatar will also be competing, having been grouped with Algeria, Tunisia and South Korea. 

Qatar qualified for the event having been a finalist in the 2012 Asian Championship.

Qatar was awarded the rights of hosting the 2015 World Handball Championship following stiff competition from three European nations - France, Norway and Poland.

Qatar won the vote that took place during the last World Handball Championship in Sweden in 2011. 

Since 2010, Qatar have hosted the club version of the IHF Super Globe, which is contested by champion clubs from continental federations. 

 Atletico Madrid won last year’s competition beating THW Kiel 28-23.QNA/THE PENINSULA