Qatar will field a 180-member team for the 19th edition of the Asian Games at Hangzhou, China
07 Sep 2023News
The 19th Asian Games, to be held in Hangzhou, China, from September 23 to October 8, will include 180 athletes from across the world, the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) said late on Wednesday night. Shooting, athletics, basketball, boxing, chess, cycling, esports, equestrian, football, fencing, gymnastics, handball, karate, sailing, squash, swimming, tennis, taekwondo, triathlon, table tennis, volleyball, 3x3 basketball, beach volleyball, weightlifting, and archery are among the 26 sports in which Qatari athletes will compete.
Jassim bin Rashid Al Buainain, the secretary-general of the Qatar Olympic Committee, met with representatives of the several Qatari sports federations that will compete at the Asian Games on Wednesday. He applauded their efforts in training and outfitting Qatari athletes for the continental competition and expressed his hope that they would produce outcomes that would demonstrate the growth of Qatari sports.
Four days before the Games' ceremonial opening ceremony, on Tuesday, September 19, Qatar's beach volleyball team will begin their competition. A day later, the football and volleyball teams would begin their battle for the top spot.
The volleyball team from Qatar will compete in Group E together Thailand and Hong Kong, while the U23 football squad from Qatar has been placed in Group A against Palestine and Japan.
The defending champions in handball, Qatar, will start their season on September 24 in Group B with South Korea and Hong Kong.
Four years later, at the Asian Games in Jakarta-Palembang 2018, Qatar successfully defended the handball gold medal it had earned at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.
Al Buainain emphasised the presence in Hangzhou of a sizable number of young and talented Qatari athletes. He said that everything was done as part of a plan to get teams ready for the Asian Games, which Qatar would host in 2030.
The 19th Asian Games will be a triumph, according to the QOC Secretary-General.
At the conclusion of the Asian Games in Jakarta-Palembang 2018, Qatar has won 13 medals, including six gold, four silver, and three bronze. Through the late Abdalelah Haroon (400M), Ashraf El Seify (hammer throw), and Abdulrahman Samba (400M hurdles), Qatar won four gold medals in athletics. They also won the 4x400M relay race for men.
In the men's 800 metres, Abubaker Haydar came in third, while Tosi Ogunode (100 metres) and Yasser Bagharab (3,000 metres steeplechase) both took home silver medals.
The beach volleyball and handball teams from Qatar stole the show by winning gold.
Sheikh Ali Al Thani won silver in the solo showjumping competition for horses, while Faris Ibrahim won silver in the men's 94 kg weightlifting competition. The showjumping team came in third while Hamad Ali Al Marri won bronze in the men's double trap shooting competition.