QATAR Rugby, Hockey and Cricket Federation (QRHCF) President Yousef Jeham Al Kuwari exuded confidence that outdoor activities would soon resume on an astro-turf pitch.
As of now, only indoor league is played after the demolition of synthetic surface at the Al Rayyan Stadium.
Al Kuwari spoke about his plans for the game.
What’s hockey’s future in Qatar?
Hockey isn’t a new sport in Qatar. We’ve a team which has competed in various international competitions since 2006. We want to be known as a leading side in the region and we’ll try to make it a top sport. It has a bright future. I hope more Qataris will be attracted to it through our school programmes.
When will the QRHCF have a synthetic turf?
We should’ve one, but before that we want to discuss certain things with the Qatar Olympic Committee as we’re keen on resuming the outdoor activities. The QRHCF’s goal is to have a strong team (outdoor) at the Asian level and for that we need a dedicated development programme.
Your federation oversees three sports disciplines. Do you want to prioritise any one of them?
We’re here to take care of hockey, cricket and rugby. All three are important for us and we’ll do our best to develop these sports at the grass-roots level.