Ibrahim Mohamed Kafoud (third right), General-Secretary of Qatar Weightlifting and Bodybuilding Federation (QWBF) and Zaid Mubarak Alkharain (centre), Executive Director at QWBF pose for a picture along with officials of Asian Weightlifting Federation and Arab Weightlifting Federation. PICTURES BY: SHAIVAL DALAL
Doha: Qatar will bid to host the 2015 Asian Weightlifting Championship, an official of Qatar Weightlifting and Bodybuilding Federation (QWBF) said here yesterday.
“We aim to host the 2015 Asian Weightlifting Championship for both men and women,” Ibrahim Mohamed Kafoud, General-Secretary of QWBF told reporters on the sidelines of the twin events, Qatar International Cup and the GCC Championship for Men, Women and Youth, which kicked off in Doha on Saturday and which will end today.
“We (Qatar) have hosted the Asian Championship some five years back,” recalled Kafoud.
The QWBF official said the Qatar International Cup and the GCC Championship has helped the local weightlifters to gain valuable experience.
Kafoud disclosed that the federation aims to launch a programme, in coordination with schools of Qatar, which will spot and nurture talent in the country.
“The programme will target some ten schools in Qatar. The selected school students will undergo training. The programme details are been finalised,” he added.
“The weightlifters and officials taking part in the Qatar International Cup and the GCC Championship have praised the organisation of the twin championship,” Kafoud.
The four-day championship has been able to draw some of the top eightlifters from the GCC region in both the men’s and women’s event.
“Some of the top women weighlifters from the region are here, including the Egyptians,” he added.The Peninsula