1 day to go as ‘Super’ athletes get ready for Al Shaqab event
20 Oct 2017 - 0:00
By Rizwan Rehmat / The Peninsula
The Qatar leg of the hugely popular ‘Modern Pentathlon - Champions of Champions’ series will commence at Al Shaqab Arena tomorrow, the organisers said yesterday.
The two-day competition will feature 34 athletes from 16 countries competing in five Olympic disciplines swimming, fencing, riding, running and shooting, Event Director, Ali Al Rumahi, confirmed yesterday.
The event, which is organised by the Qatar Equestrian & Modern Pentathlon Federation (QEMP), will be held Al Shaqab’s state-of-the art facilities and Qatar Foundation’s Recreation Centre.
Al Rumaihi said the fourth edition of the event in Qatar promises to be a thrilling affair.
“We are excited for this fantastic opportunity to host this event in Qatar again, allowing us to build on previous editions of the Modern Pentathlon Champion of Champions competition,” Al Rumaihi said.
“Working closely with the International Federation of Modern Pentathlon, we hope to showcase this sport in Qatar and across the Middle East region supporting Qatar National Vision 2030 to develop Qatar into an international sporting hub.
“In addition to being an international world-class sports event, our hosting of the COC competition provides the opportunity for the community to discover and understand the sport, especially those who are not familiar with it,” Al Rumaihi added.
President of UIPM, Dr Klaus Schormann, said: “One year ago during the 2016 UIPM Champion of Champions, we witnessed a very special moment of sportsmanship and also this year I welcome you all to celebrate together wonderful moments through Modern Pentathlon in the spirit of friendship and peace.”
He added: “For the first time we saw an athlete from Qatar participate at this high level and when he completed his final lap of the Laser-Run, all the other athletes gathered at the finish line to applaud him.
“This was a true expression of the values of Olympic sport, as established by the founder of the Modern Olympic Games and Modern Pentathlon, Baron Pierre de Coubertin. These values remain central to our sporting movement today.”
Schormann said the modern pentathlon family looks forward to being in Doha.
“The magical City of Doha is staging this competition for the fourth time and we know that this is always a highlight of the season for our athletes, coaches and fans watching all around the world,” Schormann said.
“We know that the fans in Doha can expect a high-class Modern Pentathlon event at the high-quality facilities in the Qatar Foundation Recreation Centre and Al Shaqab Arena.
“Doha is a special pillar of our movement and I thank our hosts, the Qatar Equestrian & Modern Pentathlon Federation and all the volunteers who will make the 2017 Champion of Champions such a special occasion,” Schormann added.
Schormann confirmed that the women’s individual event will take place tomorrow followed by the men’s individual competitions on Sunday.
“Promotional plans are being put together to encourage the younger generation to attend such a competition, to generate an interest in sports among the young and develop a healthy lifestyle. By organising such competitions, we hope to inspire the community and realize more participation from residents in Qatar,” Al Rumaihi said.