Doha: Qatar will open their Asian Games campaign on Tuesday when their handball team take on Malaysia in a preliminary round game, five days before the Opening Ceremony.
The Opening Ceremony will be held on the August 18 at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta.
Qatar, who are represented by 20 national sport federations, will compete in 30 events at the Games, jointly hosted by Jakarta and Palembang.
“With the directions of Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) President HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, we are committed to always support our athletes to train and achieve excellence," said QOC Secretary General Jassim Al Buenain.
Qatar will also compete in two new sports -- 3x3 basketball and air sports.
“Qatar is passionate about sports and we strongly believe in the power of sport is to unite, inspire, empower and educate people of all ages and abilities. The 2006 Asian Games has been a catalyst for Qatar's sport development. Hosting the Games in Doha holds a special place in our hearts. Today we stand behind our athletes and confident that they will make us proud. We hope that their success will inspire young athletes," Al Buenain added.
Qatar team includes 29 females, who will take part in new and exciting sports including shooting and taekwondo.
Al Buenain exuded confidence that Qatar will do well in the competition.
“It is with no doubt that our athletes will be holding a huge responsibility to showcase the Qatari sport at its best. The Games act as a great opportunity for our athletes to shine and gain wonderful experiences. I wish them luck," he said.