Qatar Basketball Federation and W Doha Ink New Agreement

Qatar Basketball Federation and W Doha Ink New Agreement By A Robin - August 21, 2023
Qatar Basketball Federation

Qatar Basketball Federation

The Qatar Basketball Federation (QBF) has announced its partnership with the W Doha Hotel & Residences. The agreement, which will see W Doha be QBF’s Official Hotel Partner for a full year was unveiled at a press conference held yesterday afternoon at the 5* star hotel. 

The signing ceremony was presided by QBF Secretary General Saadoun Sabah Al Kuwari and W Doha’s General Manager Wassim Daageh, in the presence of media representatives.

During the ceremony, Al Kuwari reiterated that the partnership with W Doha is a testament of QBF's keenness to promote tourism in Qatar, referring to the Federation's plans to organize and host several basketball tournaments, starting with the FIBA Under-16 Asian Championship in September 2023.

Al Kuwari also stated that the QBF appreciates the efforts made by W Doha’s management towards concluding the partnership, which will see the hotel accommodate all QBF guests. He added that the FIBA Under-16 Asian Championship will comprise of the top 16 basketball teams in Asia, including Australia, New Zealand, and China. 

Al Kuwari concluded his remarks by wishing success to Qatar’s national team, which recently claimed the GCC U-16 basketball title in Jeddah last month. “The Asian Championship will be a qualifier for the U-18 World Cup 2023,” he said. “Hosting the Asian Championship paves the way for the country to host more international tournaments in the future, particularly after Qatar has been awarded the hosting rights for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2027, which will be held for the first time in the Middle East,” he added. “There is no doubt that the global basketball community is interested in reviewing our readiness to host such sporting events, especially after our unparalleled success in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™,” Al Kuwari said. 

He explained that the upcoming Asian Championship will witness various events, including the 2025 World Cup draw, as well as a series of FIBA workshops, which will bring together over 200 representatives from Asia and the world. According to Al Kuwari, the QBF has finalized its preparations to host the FIBA Under-16 Asian Championship, identifying the three official stadiums that will host the matches, namely Al Gharafa, Lusail, and Al Rayyan halls.

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The QBF will also take part in the Horticultural Expo Doha 2023, held under the slogan ‘Green Desert, Better Environment’. On the sidelines of the event, QBF will be organizing two tournaments, including ‘Doha Challenge’ and ‘Al Bidda ?hallenge’. “Each challenge will see the participation of fourteen 3x3 basketball teams, including our national team, that will take part in a number of the upcoming competitions across Asia,” Al-Kuwari explained.  

Commenting on the partnership, W Doha GM, Wassim, reaffirmed W Doha’s commitment to supporting QBF’s journey to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2027.

“We would like to thank the QBF, represented by its President, Mohamed Saad al-Mughisib, and Secretary General Saadoun Sabah Al Kuwari, for the opportunity to sign this partnership. We are honored to become QBF's Official Hotel Partner during the coming period, which will see the organisation of various tournaments and sporting events,” said Wassim. He also reaffirmed his appreciation for the joint efforts to increase investment in the economic, tourism, and sports sectors and called for further cooperation between the two parties in the long run. 

By A Robin - August 21, 2023

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