— Published 8 December 2020

Qatar plays the youth card

Less than ten days before the decision, scheduled for December 16, Doha’s bid for the Asian Games in 2030 brings down a new card. They announce the creation of a working group on the youth. According to a Doha 2030 press release, their mission will be to ensure that the hopes of sport in Qatar, but also young supporters, occupy a place at the heart of the project. The working group announced Monday, December 7 includes some of the country’s most promising young athletes, most of whom were present at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, including Owab Barro (athletics – 110m hurdles), Abdulaziz Mohammed (athletics – 200 m), Yaquob Alkhulaifi (swimming), or Mohammed Al Qashouti (horse riding). Former swimmer Nada Arkaji, present at the London Games in 2012, ambassador of the Qatar delegation to the Youth Games 2018, was also part of the group. All its members will work on the creation of a youth camp in Doha 2030, an initiative presented as one of the pillars of the bid’s “Project Legacy 21” program. If the capital of Qatar wins the race for the Asian Games, the youth camp will open before the Games and will be open to young people, men and women, from each of the Asian National Olympic Committees. Doha competes with Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. The allocation of the Asian Games in 2030 will be decided on December 16, 2020 at the General Assembly of the Association of Asian Olympic Committees (OCA).