Qatari gymnasts gear up for Asian Junior Championships in Jakarta

Qatar Gym NT 2018

Doha: The Qatari gymnasts started their training session for the 15th Junior  Asian Championships here on Sunday.

 The Asian competition, which will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, from April 24-28, is considered to be an important one as it will be qualifying event for this year's Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

 "Our goal is to give the gymnasts good training schedule which can boost their chances in the Asian event," Qatar Gymnastics Federation (QGF) Secretary General Mohamed Al Jaber told "The QGF would want each and every gymnast to be adequately prepared for all future competitions."

Asked about QGF's future goals, Al Jaber added, "We want to raise the sport's profile in the country. We've been doing our bits to promote it in the schools. I would also like the Qatar Olympic Committee for their unstinted support for gymnastics. They’ve really helped us to develop the sport.”


Qatar will benefit if AGU Ex-Co approves certain proposals, says Al Hitmi

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Doha: The Qatar Gymnastics Federation (QGF) President Ali Ahmed Al Hitmi attended the Asian Gymnastics Union (AGU) Executive Committee meeting here last Sunday. 

“We had a fruitful and positive discussion on a wide range of topics. Most of the members are confident that the proposals put forward by the various Technical Committees and AGU Presidential Commission will have a positive impact on the sport’s development in the continent,” said Al Hitmi. 

The MAG, WAG, RG and Acro had presented couple of proposals including changes in some statutes besides the AGU Presidential Commission urged the Ex-Co to consider them before passing it to the AGU Congress for approval.

“Qatar will also benefit if those proposals are approved. We want to develop the sport by having qualified judges and coaches. We should have a way forward thinking,” added Al Hitmi, who is also a FIG Ex-Co member.



Season’s Greetings


The Qatar Gymnastics Federation wishes happiness, good health, sporting success in the New Year, and above all, lots of Gymnastics! 

QGF holds General Assembly Meeting


Doha: The Qatar Gymnastic Federation (QGF) held its annual General Assembly meeting last week, where the 2017 financial report was presented and approved by the Board of Directors, headed by its Chairman and QGF President Ali Ahmed Al Hitimi.

The board also discussed on the budget for the next year and the relevant financial expenses as well as the minutes of the last General Body meeting. 

QGF Secretary General Abdulrahman Al Jaber, Assistant Secretary Abeer Al Buainain, Finance Secretary Abdulrahman Al Qahtani, Board Member Mohammed Abdullah Al Maraghi were present at the meeting. 

Yitzhak Murtada Al Hashemi, Saleh Salah Al Yazidi and Mana Ahmed Al Ja’al from the Qatari Olympic Committee (QOC) Sports Department also attended to oversee the General Assembly get together.

 Among other things that were discussed were the international event organised by QGF including the FIG World Cup in Doha from March 22-25 and joint training camps with Great Britain and Indonesia. 

Besides, the members also discussed the participation of senior gymnasts Ahmed Al Dayani and Ahmed Moussa in the artistic competitions including the FIG Artistic World Championships in Montreal, Canada, and fourth Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, where Al Dayani won a bronze in the pommel horse.

The Board Members also applauded the national team's participations and achievements of Qatari juniors Abdullah Al Harith, Raslan Saoud and Tamim Karib at the Asian Youth Championship in May. 

Al Jaber thanked QOC for its unstinted support in his vote of thanks, 

“We thank the QOC President Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani for the continuous support to develop the sport in the country,” said Al Jaber. 





QGF honours outgoing artistic coach Gevorgyan


Doha: The Qatar Gymnastics Federation (QGF) honoured outgoing artistic national coach Edward Gevorgyan at a ceremony last week.

I’m happy that I could contribute to the sport’s growth in Qatar. It had been a fabulous experience working with nice and warm-hearted people. My sincere thanks to QGF for giving me an opportunity to work here,” said Gevorgyan. “There’re some exceptional boys and girls who would become richer in experience through their participation in international tournaments.”

Born in 1964 in Yerevan, Armenia, the 53-year-old was best known for his one-arm vaults. His decade-long stint with the Qatar national team has helped the sport grow.

“We will miss his extraordinary work ethics which had helped our gymnasts reach a certain level,” said QGF President Ali Ahmed Al Hitmi. “Besides being an excellent coach, Edward also enjoyed a good rapport with the players who gained a lot under his training.” 

In fact, Qatar owe its improvement to the Gevorgyan, a former Soviet team member, and also Romanian Olympian Razvan Selariu.

“Edward is one of the best coaches who did a wonderful job. As a scout, he helped us find a lot of young Qatari gymnasts and gave them the right direction,” Al Hitmi added. 


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