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About Qatar

Since 2004, Qatar has been evolving into one of the most significant sporting destinations in the world. Through world-class arenas, sporting facilities, and the exceptional level of hospitality, Qatar has taken the lead in the Arab world in hosting a number of internationally recognized sporting events. In 2022, Qatar will host the 22nd FIFA World Cup, the most watched and attended sporting event in the world.

Below is a list of Top Events hosted by Qatar, Qatar Olympic Committee Profile, Competition Venues and Hosts Information.

Qatar also had a historic showing at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England.

2004 Asian Handball Championships
2004 ITTF World Team Table Tennis Championships
2004 FIM Moto Racing World Championships
2005 Asian Basketball Championships
2005 FIM Moto Racing World Championships
2005 World Weightlifting Championships
2005 West Asian Games
2006 Asian Sailing Championships
2006 FIM Moto Racing World Championships
2006 Asian Games
2007 FIM Moto Racing World Championships
2008 Asian Indoor Athletics Championships
2008 FEI Equestrian Global Champions Tour
2008 FIM Moto Racing World Championships
2008 Asian Youth Wrestling Championships
2008 Asian Optimist Sailing Championships
2008 WTA Tour Tennis Championships
2009 FEI Equestrian Global Champions Tour
2009 FIM Moto Racing World Championship
2009 Asian Fencing Championships
2009 WTA Tour Tennis Championships
2009 FIVB Club World Championships
2009 ISF World Gymnasiade
2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships
2010 FEI Equestrian Global Champions Tour
2010 FIM Moto Racing World Championships
2010 IAAF Diamond League
2010 IHF Handball Super Globe
2010 WTA Tour Tennis Championships
2010 FIVB Club World Championships
2010 ISAF World Junior 470 Sailing C’ships
2011 Asian Football Cup
2011 FEI Equestrian Global Champions Tour
2011 FIM Moto Racing World Championships
2011 IAAF Diamond League
2011 IHF Handball Super Globe
2011 FIVB Club World Championships
2011 The 12th quadrennial Pan Arab Games
2012 Asian Shooting Championships
2014 FINA Short Course World Championships
2015 IHF Handball World Championships


  • 2015 – Doha 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships
  • 2015 – World Amateur Boxing Championships
  • 2016 – UCI Road Cycling World Championships
  • 2018 – FIG Artistic World Gymnastics Championships
  • 2019 – IAAF World Championships
  • 2021 – FIFA Confederations Cup

2022 FIFA World Cup

Qatar loves sport and the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) is committed to providing opportunities for all in the community to participate in sport and sports-related activities that contribute to the physical and spiritual health of individuals and communities in Qatar and around the world.

The investment that the QOC is making in athlete and venue development, sports bodies and community programs will ensure that Qatar maintains its progress and ensure success for the nation in the future.

This reflects the exact meaning of the main QOC aim, which expresses its sporting vision: “To become a leading nation in bringing the world together through sports.”

The mission of the Qatar Olympic Committee is to put sport and physical recreation activity everywhere in Qatar so as to have harmonious development of men and women.
It includes various objectives, which support the progress and the promotion of sports at all levels and also protects the true athletic spirit, the fair play and the Olympic Movement, in accordance with the Olympic Charter.

QOC was founded in March 14, 1979, and joined theInternational Olympic Committee in 1980, the Olympic Council of Asia in 1981 and the Arab Sports Games Federation in 1982. H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani is the current president of the QOC, a position he has held since December 12, 2000.

1 Al Gharafa Sports Club Indoor Hall
Football Stadium
Beach Volleyball Arena
2 Al Rayyan Sports Club Football Stadium
Indoor Hall
3 Al Sadd Sports Club Football Stadium
Indoor Hall
4 Al Shaqab Main Arena
5 Aspire Zone Aspire Dome:
Hamad Aquatic Centre; Indoor Hall Khalifa Stadium; Women’s Indoor Hall
6 Doha Golf Club
7 Doha Sailing Club
8 Khalifa International Tennis & Squash
Squash Centre; Tennis Indoor Hall
Tennis Outdoor; Courts
9 Lusail Cycling Circuit Cycling
10 Lusail Shooting Complex Archery Range
Shooting Range
11 Mesaieed Endurance Course Race Track
12 Qatar Billiards & Snooker Federation Indoor Hall
13 Qatar Bowling Centre
14 Qatar Sports Club Indoor Hall

Qatar participation in its first Olympic Games in 1976 in Montreal, Canada and has won two medals. The first was the men’s 1,500m bronze that Mohammed Ahmed Sulaiman captured in Barcelona in 1992. Eight years later at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, weightlifter Said Saif Assaad won a bronze medal in the men’s 105kg.

Another key moment for the QOC came in 1978 when Qatari athletes participated for the very first time at the Asian Games. Since then Qatar has won a total of 92 medals, including 27 gold, 28 silver and 37 bronze. At the 2006 Asian Games hosted in Doha, athletes from Qatar won a record 32 medals (nine gold, 12 silver and 11 bronze), while at the 2010 Asian Games held in Guangzhou, China, they claimed 16 medals (four gold, five silver and seven bronze).

In Arab Games competition, Qatar debuted in 1976 in Damascus, Syria, and since then has won 112 medals, including 33 gold, 34 silver and 45 bronze.