Qatar to host at least 65 sporting events this year: QOC
2020 will be an action-packed year with at least 65 local, continental, and international sporting events set to take place in the country, the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) announced recently.
As Qatar continues to demonstrate its leading position as the region’s sports hub, its 2020 calendar is full of some super exciting events including the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) 3x3 Basketball World Tour 2020 (April 2-3) and the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Swimming World Cup (October 8-10).
There will be a total of 37 international events on the calendar in 2020, with the International Fencing Federation (FIE) Fencing Grand Prix (January 24-26) the next major event to head to Qatar.
The Grand Prix, organized by the Qatar Fencing Federation at the Aspire Academy, will enable athletes to gain qualification points for Tokyo 2020.
Earlier this month Qatar welcomed men’s tennis stars for the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, which is an ATP World Tour 250 series event.
In February, Doha will host the opening of the 2020 FINA Marathon Swim World Series, with the event set to take place on February 15 in the Katara Cultural District.
The country will also welcome the stars of women’s tennis for the Qatar Total Open from February 23-29 at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex. February will also see amateur golf and International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) tour events head to Qatar.
The highlight of March is the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Artistic Gymnastics World Cup (March 18-21), with junior squash and tennis events also heading to Qatar.
April will see the IAAF Diamond League Athletics Championship head to Qatar, and in May Qatar will host the Judo World Masters 2020 (May 28-30) at Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya in Al Sadd. The ITTF World Singles Table Tennis Qualification Event (May 28-31) will then mark the end of a busy month.
There will be Davis Cup tennis action in June before a quieter July and August as the Olympic Movement heads to Tokyo for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
In October, Qatar will host two International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Tennis Tour events at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex.
The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) International Show Jumping Championship will be organized by the Qatar Equestrian Federation from November 14-16, before Qatar’s 2020 international sporting events end with the Qatar International Weightlifting Cup (December 19-24).
Qatar will also host several high-profile continental events in 2020, including the Asian Rugby Sevens Tour.
Nationally, the 2020 calendar is headlined by the Qatar National Sport Day on February 11, HH the Amir's Basketball Cup Final on May 9, HH the Amir's Football Cup Final on May 15, and Sport Excellence Day in November. Additionally, Qatar will host the African football Super Cup on February 14.
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