Qatar’s focus on Sport comprises of four major pillars:
Direct investment in sports industry
Hosting of major sporting events
Elite sports development
At the international level, sports events and athletes help raise Qatar’s regional and global profile, and result in enhanced national pride. International sport is also a powerful tool for international engagement and diplomacy.
Through sport, Qatar is forging close ties and improving relations between nations worldwide. It is also making strong progress as a global sports hub that offers a range of first-class sports facilities and hosting large numbers of regional and international sporting events.
Being a world-class center for sport thanks to the efforts of the QOC, Qatar has become the ideal choice for hosting some of the world’s biggest international sport events, including the Asian Games 2006, the AFC Cup 2011, the Arab Games 2011, the 2014 World swimming championship, the 2015 World Men’s Handball Championship, the 2016 Road Cycling championship, the 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, the 2019 IAAF Athletics World Championships, the 2022 FIFA World Cup QatarTM, and the 2023 Twentieth (20th) FINA World & Master Championships.
In addition, Qatar hosts an annual calendar of events on the championship circuits of their respective sports. These include: Commercial Bank Qatar Masters (golf), Qatar ExxonMobil Tennis Open, Tour of Qatar (cycling), Qatar International Rally (motor sport), Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar (Moto GP), Qatar Total Tennis Open, F1H2O UIM World Championship (power boats) and the IAAF Diamond League (athletics). Qatar also stages high profile equestrian events.