Qatar develops sports for women with new basketball league

   Apr 28, 2:21 pm

Doha, Apr 28 (Xinhua-ANI): In an effort to support women's sports the first ever Qatar Women's Basketball League got off the ground in bid city Doha with 10 teams fighting for the chance to become national champions.

"It is great to see the establishment of the Qatar Women's Basketball League and that so many women of all ages are showing the passion to participate in sport," said Doha 2020 CEO Noora Al Mannai.

"National sporting competitions such as this league highlight that there is a great interest in Qatar to play sport and we are delighted to be able to create these new sporting opportunities for women.

"The female athletes competing in the league are wonderful role models for young people and we can show that sport can help break down barriers, empower women and promote healthy and active lifestyles. I wish all the athletes competing in the event the best of luck and I hope one day they can realize their dreams to play at an Olympic Games in front of cheering fans in their home city of Doha."

The Qatar Women's Basketball League is a six-week event taking place at the state-of-the-art Aspire Academy of Sports Excellence in Doha and involves series of teams battling it out in group games to the final. The competition finals will take place on June 2 to decide the national winners.

Ahlam Salem M. Al-Mana, head of the Qatar Women's Sport Committee, said, "We are very pleased to launch the first-ever Qatar Women's Basketball League and we want to ensure that this event becomes an annual fixture in the nation's ever expanding sports events calendar.

"Following Qatar's participation in the women's basketball competition at the 2011 Arab Games in Doha, the Qatar Women's Basketball League reaffirms the nation's commitment to developing women's sport across the country.

"The athletes competing in this event will provide inspiration to many more young girls in Qatar and throughout the Arab region. With the progress we are making in the development of women 's sport in Qatar, we are confident that this latest initiative will help a new generation of female athletes compete at an international level and ultimately become Olympians in many sporting disciplines."

Qatar this year will send the first female athletes to the Olympic Games and is in the process of fostering their participation.

Doha is in the bidding against Baku, Istanbul, Madrid, and Tokyo to host the 2020 Olympic Games. The final decision will be taken on September 7th of 2013 at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Xinhua-ANI)

Hingis smells someone 'smoking heavy s**t' during US Open doubles win Sep 2, 3:02 pm
Sydney, Sep 02 (ANI): Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis, the former beloved of women's tennis, had been on fire in the US Open doubles with her Italian partner Flavia Pennetta when she reportedly smelt something odd.
Full Story
Frank Lampard's fiancee won't join him in NYC Sep 2, 3:02 pm
London, Sept 2 (ANI): Frank Lampard's fiancee, Christine Bleakley, has revealed that she won't join him in New York, after he left Chelsea to join the city's football team in July.
Full Story
Lightning' Bolt dubs De Villiers "100 metre champion among cricketers." Sep 2, 2:31 pm
Bangalore, Sep. 2 (ANI): Usain Bolt has named South African skipper AB de Villiers as the fastest cricketer in the world.
Full Story
Maradona, Baggio star in inter-religious charity match backed by Pope Frances Sep 2, 2:31 pm
New York, Sep 02 (ANI): Argentine legend Diego Maradona and former Italian footballer Roberto Baggio played alongside a host of ex-football stars in an inter-religious charity match that was backed by Pope Francis on Monday.
Full Story
Comments

LATEST STORIES
TOP VIDEO STORIES
PHOTO GALLERY