12/28/2016 8:15:23 AM

RICH REWARDS

RICH REWARDS

The Olympic year of 2016 was greatly significant for Qatar as Mutaz Essa Barshim clinched the country’s only silver medal at the Games to date at Rio.

The lanky high jumper, who had won several international meetings during the year, came up with a 2.36M effort to clinch his second Olympic medal, having won a bronze at the 2012 London Games.

Youngsters mostly comprised the country’s 38-member squad at Rio as the Qatar Olympic Committee looked to make them richer by experience in time for the next Games at Tokyo in 2020.

Sarah Masoud did Qatar proud by winning the country’s first-ever Paralympic medal by a female athlete. She bagged silver in shot put after Abdulrahman Abdelqader won the same medal in the men’s category.

Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah, Qatar’s other leading sports icon, disappointed in shooting at Rio. However, he once again impressed in motor sports by winning his 12th Middle East Rally Championship and FIA World Cup for Cross-country Rallies. He also finished runner-up at the gruelling Dakar Rally.

The Under-23 football team, which narrowly missed out on an Olympic berth at the start of the year, had left the game’s stakeholders slightly disappointed. But Al Rayyan’s league success after a 21-year gap turned out to be really refreshing as thousands of fans cheered them on all the way to the triumph.

The senior national football team has had a mixed run in the final round of 2018 World Cup qualification. Jorge Fossati replaced his Uruguayan counterpart Daniel Carreno in September when the Qatar Football Association found his experience to be crucial as the country seeks a maiden berth.

Qatar continued to reap success in several disciplines at the regional level and beyond. It also kept intact its reputation as a successful host of major events.

Doha’s organisation of the Cycling Road World Championships also came in for special praise from many quarters.

In addition, Qatar hosted the Association of National Olympic Committee’s General Assembly last month.

The country’s ambition for sports excellence and organisational abilities came in for praise from the visiting delegates, including International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. It should strengthen Doha’s chances when it again bids for the quadrennial Games. 

 

JANUARY

Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal to win the Qatar ExxonMobil Open tennis championship.

Italian Roberto Piazza takes over as coach of the Qatar national volleyball team.

Ace Qatari driver Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah finishes second at the gruelling Dakar Rally.

Lekhwiya win their maiden Sheikh Jassim Cup football title, defeating Al Sadd in the one-off tie.

 

FEBRUARY

Japan win the AFC Under-23 Football Championship while Qatar finish fourth, thus narrowly missing out on a Rio Olympic berth.

Iranian footballer Morteza Mohammed joins Al Sadd.

Qatar Stars League side Al Ahli fire Croatian coach Zlatko Kranjcar and elevate his assistant Youssef Adam to the post.

Branden Grace becomes the first player to defend the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters golf title.

Doha wins the right to host the 2023 World Aquatics Championships. 

Qatar beat Bahrain to retain the Asian Men’s Handball title.

The Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani once again leads from the front as the Fifth National Sports Day evokes an overwhelming response from Qataris and expatriates alike.

German cyclist Trixi Worrack wins the Ladies Tour of Qatar with a consistent performance.

Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah betters  UAE driver Mohammed bin Sulayem’s  long-standing mark of 60 leg wins in the Middle East Rally Championship.

Qatar win 57 medals — 32 gold, 15 silver and 10 bronze — to claim overall title at the 13th GCC Swimming Championships.

Qatar Boxing Federation President Yousuf Ali Al Kazim gets elected as the new chief of Arab body.

Aspire Football Dreams beat Real Madrid in the final and regain title at the Al Kass International Under-17 Cup football tournament.

British cyclist Mark Cavendish wins the Tour of Qatar for the second time.

Qatar top the table again with 10 medals at the Seventh Asian Indoor Athletics Championships.

Abdulrahman Al Mannai is appointed as the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation chief.

 

MARCH

Al Rayyan beat Al Sadd to win their 17th Qatar Basketball League title.

Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro beats Latvian teenager Jelena Ostapenko to win the Qatar Total Open tennis tournament.

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani-owned Gazwan wins the prestigious HH The Emir’s Sword, a Group 1 Local-Bred Pure Arabian race.

Qatar’s steeplechase champion Saif Saaeed Shaheen announces his retirement.

Qatar’s Waleed Al Sharshani claims gold in Laser Standard at the Eighth GCC Sailing Championship in Manama.

Al Rayyan regain the Qatar football league title after a gap of 21 years.

Germany’s Ludger Beerbaum emerges as winner in the CSI5* Grand Prix at the 2016 CHI Al Shaqab.

Qatar’s Abdullah Al Tamimi defeats local boy Chris Hanson to claim the $10,000 Atlanta Open in Georgia, USA.

Muaither and Al Shahaniya finish as winners and runners-up respectively at the Qatargas League Football Championship to ensure promotion to the top flight.

El Jaish regain the Qatar Handball League title after a one-year gap with four matches to spare.

Spanish MotoGP driver Jorge Lorenzo storms to victory at the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix.

Al Rayyan spikers retain the Gulf title with an all-win record at the tournament’s 35th edition in Oman.

Al Rayyan hoopsters win the Qatar Cup.

Qatar’s Ahmed Al Dayani puts up an impressive show in men’s pommel horse at the Ninth Artistic World Challenge Cup.

Ma Long and Liu Shiwen makes it a double for China at the World Tour Qatar Open Table Tennis Championships.

Lekhwiya win the 18th Asian Club Handball League Championship.

 

APRIL

Qatar A retain the men’s title at the GCC 3x3 Basketball Championship.

El Jaish paddlers win Qatar Cup to add to their Qatar League title.

Qatar’s Bashar Hussein bags a double at the Fifth West Asian Billiards and Snooker Championship in Amman, Jordan.

Al Arabi regain the Qatar Volleyball League title after beating Al Rayyan in the penultimate round.

Camels 1 beat Hurricanes 38-12 in the final to win the inaugural Qatar Sevens Rugby League.

Ace Qatari driver Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah wins again at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.

Qatar win the International Handball Tournament for Men at home.

Former Qatar football league champions Qatar Sports Club and Mesaimeer are relegated to the second division.

The ASPIRE Academy’s Umair Zaman emerges as Under-19 category winner at the Luxembourg Open tennis tournament.

El Jaish retain the Emir’s Cup handball title.

Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah storms to victory at the Sealine Rally.

Thailand’s Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn beats the UAE’s Mohamed Sehab in the final to win the Asian Snooker Championship.

Qatar survive Lebanon’s challenge to emerge as Asia Rugby Championship Division 3 West Central winners.

 

MAY

El Jaish beat Lekhwiya 2-1 to emerge as Qatar Cup football champions. 

Al Rayyan spikers edge El Jaish in a five-set thriller to lift the Qatar Cup. 

El Jaish paddlers win the Emir’s Cup to complete a sweep of domestic titles. 

Al Shaqab’s Galileo Gold triumphs at the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, England.

El Jaish beat Lekhwiya 27-23 to clinch Qatar Cup handball title. 

El Jaish handballers complete a hat-trick of domestic titles by winning the Emir’s Cup, defeating Al Gharafa 21-16.

Qatar bag three bronze medals at the Doha Diamond League. 

Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah wins his 10th Jordan Rally. 

Croat Luka Bonacic is named as Al Ahli’s football coach. 

Al Arabi defeat El Jaish in straight sets in the Emir’s Cup volleyball final to seal a domestic treble. 

Beach volleyball team crashes out in the last-16 of FIVB World Tour Antalya Open.

Lekhwiya stage a comeback against Al Sadd after being two goals down to win their first Emir’s Cup football title. 

Al Rayyan finish as runners-up at the GCC Clubs Basketball Championship in Dubai.

Wanderers retain Qatar Indoor Hockey League title. 

 

JUNE

The Aspire Academy ties up with Qatar Fencing Federation with an aim to develop future champions.

Qatar make their debut at the FIVB Volleyball World League. 

High jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim wins Birmingham Diamond League gold.

Qatar win 3x3 Under-18 Basketball World Championship in Kazakhstan.

Qatar’s Ibrahim Moaaz Mohammed bags discus throw gold at the Asian Junior Championships in Vietnam. 

Al Shaqab Racing’s horse Qemah wins the Royal Ascot Coronation Stakes. 

Uruguayan Gerardo Pelusso takes over as Al Arabi football coach.

Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah wins the Italian Baja to extend his lead at the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. 

The beach volleyball team books Rio berth by dominating Continental Cup in Australia. 

 

JULY

Weightlifter Faris Ibrahim qualifies for Rio Olympics.

The Qatar Olympic Committee fetes national beach volleyball team for Olympic qualification. 

Boxers Thulasi Tharumalingam and Hakan Erseker book Olympic berth.

Al Shaqab Racing’s horse Zelzal emerges as champion in the Prix Jean Prat Group I in France.

Roberto Piazza steps down as Qatar volleyball coach.

Qatari discus thrower Mohammed Ibrahim Moaaz and 400M runner Abdalelah Haroun win gold at World U-20 Championship in Poland.

Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah storms to his fourth successive win at the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies in Spain.

 

AUGUST 

The Qatar Cricket Association hosts three-day ICC coach-educator course.

Sheikh Jassim bin Thamer Al Thani is elected as the new president of Al Gharafa Sports Club.

Abdullah Al Tamimi wins PSA Australian Open squash title. 

Qatar emerge as champions at the GCC U-20 Volleyball Championship in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Mutaz Essa Barshim wins silver at the Rio Olympics with an effort of 2.36M.

El Jaish football club sign former Barcelona and AS Roma midfielder Seydou Keita.

Akram Afif makes La Liga debut for Sporting Gijon.

Qatar’s Abdulaziz Al Kuwari finishes 10th at the Rally of Germany.

Qatar’s Al Arabi finish as runners-up at the Asian Clubs Volleyball Championship in Myanmar.

Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah retains the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies title after his win at the Poland Baja.

Qatari swimmers top the GCC Junior Championships in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

Mutaz Essa Barshim strikes gold at the Lausanne Diamond League meet. 

 

SEPTEMBER

Qatari hoopsters retain the GCC basketball title in Sharjah.

Qatar win men’s title at the Arab Table Tennis Championships.

Qatar retain title at the 12th GCC Gymnastics Championships in Doha.

Jefferson Pereira and Cherif Younousse emerge as Arab beach volleyball champions.

Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah lands his 12th Middle East Rally Championship title.

Qatar go down 0-1 to Uzbekistan in the FIFA World Cup qualifier at home.

Qatar Stars League football begins.

Qatar’s Abdulrahman Abdelqader wins shot put silver at the Paralympic Games in Rio.

Jorge Fossati is named Qatar’s national football coach.

Michael Laudrup takes charge as Al Rayyan football club’s new coach.

 

OCTOBER

Hassan Al Haidous scores the winner as Qatar beat Syria in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Asian Zone qualifier.

Al Gharafa sign defender Rashid Sumaila on loan from Kuwait’s Al Qadisiya. 

The UCI Road World Cycling Championships starts in Doha.

The Qatar Olympic Committee honours Rio Games medallists Mutaz Essa Barshim, Abdulrahman Abdelqader and Sarah Masoud.

Bashar Hussein comes second in 9-Ball Pool at the inaugural Asian Billiard Sport Championship in Fujairah, the UAE.

Champions El Jaish begin their Qatar Handball League title defence in style, beating Al Khor 31-18.

Qatar dominate beach volleyball at the Fifth Asian Beach Games, winning gold and silver, at Danang, Vietnam. 

Qatar win the Under-15 team title of the Second GCC Championships at Khalifa International Squash Complex, beating Kuwait 2-1 in the final.

Gymnast Duha Al Habshi wins all-around and uneven bar gold medals at the Arab Championships in Tunis, Tunisia.

El Jaish bow out in the AFC Champions League football semifinal after losing 3-5 aggregate to Al Ain.

Qatari hoopsters lose to the US 11-12 at the FIBA 3x3 World Championships quarterfinal in Guangzhou, China, to finish fifth. 

 

NOVEMBER

Qatar return with a valuable point despite playing second fiddle to China in their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Kunming.

ASPIRE Academy hands over the ‘Kun Riyadi’ project model, aimed at providing strategic direction and identifying the key initiatives of sports sector, to Qatar Olympic Committee. 

Lekhwiya hold Qatar Stars League football champions Rayyan despite playing with 10 men in the last quarter.

Qatar Stars League football sides Al Wakrah and Al Kharaitiyat sack their coaches Jose Mauricio and Amr Osim respectively.

The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy launches Accessibility Forum to help people with disabilities attending the 2022 World Cup.

Qatari boxer Yahya Saleh claims bronze in bantamweight (52kg) at the 33rd Felix Stamm International Championship in Warsaw, Poland.

Qatar field the biggest squad at the World Military Championships in Losail, where competitors from 50 countries took part.

Camels retain the Qatar Sevens League rugby title, beating Doha 22-5 in the final at the Aspire ground.

El Jaish falter at the final hurdle, losing 23-25 to Saudi Arabia’s Al Noor, at the 19th Asian Clubs Handball League in Amman, Jordan.

Tala Alaa Abujbara wins the women’s CW1X title, the only gold for the hosts, at the inaugural GCC Rowing Championships in Doha.

Zman Awal lives up to her top billing by winning horseracing’s Al Wakra Cup, the Class 2 feature race.

 

DECEMBER

Al Gharafa give a fitting tribute to their former coach Caio Junior, who died in the Chapecoense plane crash, by rallying to beat champions Al Rayyan in the Qatar Stars League.

The Race of Qatar to remain as the World Touring Car Championship’s season-ending event in 2017.

Qatar to again host the season opener of 2017 Middle East Rally Championship from February 2 to 4.

Ahmed Mohammed Abdulrab Al Shaabi gets re-elected as Qatar Handball Association chief.

Al Rayyan start their Qatar Basketball League title defence on a confident note, beating Al Ahli 93-75. 

International fencing federation’s Executive Committee member Velichka Hristeva wants Qatar to bid for the 2019 Worlds.

Barcelona beat Al Ahli 5-3 in a friendly football tie at Al Gharafa Stadium.

Ali Ghanim Al Kuwari gets elected unopposed as the new president of Qatar Volleyball Association. 

Qatar’s Saleh Al Kaabi stages a tremendous fightback to clinch the Second Saudi Golf Federation Open in Riyadh.

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani gets re-elected as Qatar Football Association president.

AC Milan beat Juventus on penalties in the Italian Super Cup final at Al Sadd Stadium.

FIDE Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships gets under way at Ali bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena.

Dr Thani Abdulrahman Al Kuwari gets elected as the new president of Qatar Athletics Federation.

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