Doha has been proving to the world that sports events can still be held with all health protocols: FIBA’s Soriano

Doha has been proving to the world that sports events can still be held with all health protocols: FIBA’s Soriano

By QLSports

FIBA 3x3 Head of Events and Partnerships, Ignacio Soriano, recently sat down with the QBF media team to discuss several 3x3 topics, including the sports battle against the Coronavirus pandemic.

Question: As a global organizer how has COVID-19 affected your organization of 3x3?

Soriano: We went from 15 WT Masters to 5, we had Olympics postponed to 2021, as well as Olympic Qualifying Tournaments… Plus all grassroots activities worldwide.

Question: What has FIBA learned from the pandemic?

Soriano: That we need to continue working and use this as an opportunity to prove that 3x3 is secure and can be played with safety. This will be our 4th WT Masters.

Question: Pre-COVID 19 Doha hosted the first leg of the World Tour, how has that shifted?

Soriano: Doha had initially scheduled WT for just when COVID 19 appeared. However, 3x3 is flexible compared to other sports and here we are, hosting the initially planned 3x3 event from April on November.

Question: What is about Doha that makes it appealing to host this World Tour in particular during these times

Soriano: We (QOC, QBF and FIBA) are anxious to prove the basketball and sport community that sport events can still be played complying with all health protocols.

Question: You recently organized 3 Masters within 7 days, what was that behind that decision?

Soriano: We wanted to create a sanitary bubble and it made no sense, not just for 2 days, which is the length of a Masters. The investment was just too big to just do for one.

Question: How much of a relief was it for FIBA to commence the World Tour?

Soriano: Big relief, and we have been used by IOC as an example of federations getting back to activity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Question: The 3 Masters you recently organized were full of fire and intensity? What can we expect in Doha?

Soriano: Absolutely! We had excellent games and top-ranked teams of the world, coming even from the US!

Question: Liman hasn’t lost any of its shine winning two of the three tours, who do you think will win the Doha leg?

Soriano: I am neutral!

---

Make sure to check out our social media to keep track of the latest content.

Instagram - @qatarliving

Twitter - @qatarliving

Facebook - Qatar Living

YouTube qatarlivingofficial

COVID-19 Banner
Log in or register to post comments

More from Qatar Living

Qatar to inaugurate fourth FIFA World Cup 2022 venue on National Day

Qatar to inaugurate fourth FIFA World Cup 2022 venue on National Day

The Al Rayyan Stadium will host the Amir Cup 2020 final between Al Sadd and Al Arabi on December 18.
Qatar Airways unveils first bespoke FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 aircraft

Qatar Airways unveils first bespoke FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 aircraft

The Boeing 777-300ER will enter service on November 21, 2020, operating flights QR095 and QR096 between Doha and Zurich.
QL Exclusive: An interview with Qatar-based empowerment and mindset coach, Anahi Brown

QL Exclusive: An interview with Qatar-based empowerment and mindset coach, Anahi Brown

Qatar Living speaks to trained chef, motivational speaker and writer, Anahi Brown, to learn more about her story dealing with depression and how she started to help other women by coaching them.
Five free apps you must have in Qatar

Five free apps you must have in Qatar

These apps are certain to make your life easier when living in Qatar.
WATCH: Why is Toyota Land Cruiser so popular in Qatar?

WATCH: Why is Toyota Land Cruiser so popular in Qatar?

While there may be several other luxury and sports cars that catch your eye, you may wonder what it is about the Land Cruiser that makes it a popular pick by many in Qatar?
WATCH:Lasmanis hits amazing buzzer-beater as Riga claims FIBA 3x3 World Tour Doha Masters 2020 crown

WATCH:Lasmanis hits amazing buzzer-beater as Riga claims FIBA 3x3 World Tour Doha Masters 2020 crown

The FIBA 3x3 World Tour Doha Masters 2020 ended on a high-octane note on Saturday night at the Al Gharafa Sports Complex with Riga’s Karlis Lasmanis hitting an impossible buzzer-beater to earn his Latvian team the tournament's title on what was a fantastic night.
WATCH:QU’s Biomedical Sciences Department showcases latest COVID-19 research

WATCH:QU’s Biomedical Sciences Department showcases latest COVID-19 research

The findings of the coronavirus research in relation to prevalence show fascinating results.
WATCH: Family Food Centre launches online shopping platform that delivers groceries to your doorstep

WATCH: Family Food Centre launches online shopping platform that delivers groceries to your doorstep

Known for delivering a unique combination of value, freshness, and quality to customers, FFC launched its online delivery platform in June 2020 and has since garnered a steady stream of regular and loyal customers.