Federation of Qatar Prepares for Asian Games 2006
Qatar's team will be participating
at the Fencing Tournament in Pusan to try its strength
and gain experience.
coach and expert in fencing, Ali Belhaj has been appointed
to train the Qatari team. He has launched a multi-faced
programme to make fencing popular and attract as much
public attention as possible.
history and the art of fencing is being projected in
an impressive media campaign in clubs and schools, besides
organizing local tournaments for various age groups.
A time schedule has also been drawn up for participation
in overseas tournament with a view to help local fencers
gain experience and have a feel of the International
competition in fencing.
the last season of fencing tournaments, the Qatari team
participated in several local tournaments and achieved
fairly good results.
Explaining the programme, aims and objectives of the
Fencing Association of Qatar, Ali Belhaj said, "Fencing
is a sport that needs very patient and elaborate training
and preparation. We had initially set out with a team
of 20 men. In a very short time, as the sport has become
popular, the number of people who have joined the Association
has gone up to 120. It was a remarkable development,
which I, frankly speaking, didn't expect. And the most
impressive thing is that young boys from 12 years and
above are showing the maximum interest."
majority of the fencers in Qatar, are amateurs, says
Belhaj. They were attracted to fencing after seeing
the many exhibition matches and live demonstrations
organized by the Qatar Fencing Association at the training
centre. He admired the zeal and dedication shown by
the young fencers, and their eagerness to learn the
skills of fencing.
have drawn up a comprehensive plan in consultation with
the Board of Directors headed by HE Sheikh Saoud Bin
Abdul Rahman Al Thani to ensure optimum level of preparation
for the teams to participate in various tournaments,"
this context, the first Qatar Open Tournament in Fencing
was successfully held in March this year. This was followed
by several local tournaments for the Association Cup
in different age groups. A tournament was also organized
by the Ministry of Education in April this year.
to the preparations for the Pusan tournament, Ali Belhaj
said that intensive training is going on daily and the
Association Board has agreed to the setting up of a
training camp in Tunisia in which countries advanced
in the art and sport of fencing like Germany, Italy
and Austria will be participating.
proceeding to Tunisia, the Qatari team will have a friendly
tournament with fencers from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia,
in Doha. The Qatari team will participate in the International
Fencing Tournament to be held in Portugal.
are doing our best to learn from the expertise of countries
which have achieved good records in this sport, and
we are confident that we will make it to the Asian Games
in 2006 and win the medal. Prior to this, we will also
be participating in the West Asian Games to be held
in Doha, Qatar in 2005" said Ali Belhaj.
have two very promising fencers who may succeed in fulfilling
our ambition, provided that they undergo adequate training
abroad and participate in overseas tournaments,"