GCC Games heating up with three days left

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Qatar, Oman and Bahrain's handball teams after the medal ceremony.

The second GCC Beach Games have heated up as Qatar tops the overall table with eight medals, including three gold medals, two silver medals and three bronze while Oman are close behind with a total of seven medals. The UAE sits in third place with four medals.

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Team Qatar continued their unparalleled performance in handball and defeated Bahrain in the final. The Qatari handball team took home the gold medal in front of their energetic fans, while Oman claimed the silver medal and Bahrain settled for bronze.

Qatar’s volleyball team also dominated the competition, blazing through both sets in the final against Oman’s second-team, to claim a 2-0 victory alongside a gold medal. Oman’s first-team won the bronze medals.

Commenting on the success of Team Qatar, Director of PR and Marketing at the Qatar Olympic Committee, Mohamed al-Fadala said:“We are very pleased with the performance of all of our athletes, especially the handball and volleyball teams. To see such an outstanding performance in an intensely competitive tournament is testament to all the athletes.

“It is our sincere hope that all the children here today who have witnessed the live sporting action will leave with a newfound passion for sports.”

Athletes compete in the sailing event

The UAE continued their winning streak in football after defeating Kuwait and Qatar to top the standings with 6 points, with Oman following close with just a one goal difference between them and the leaders. Kuwait sits comfortably in third place after demolishing Bahrain 6-1 on Monday.

Qatar took home more medals in Katara Cultural Village, where Open Water Swimming and Rowing are being held. Waleed al-Sharshani won the gold medal for Team Qatar in the Laser Standard Class, ahead of Bahrain who took silver and Oman who claimed Bronze.

Bahrain’s Jassim Showaiter managed to snag the gold in the Laser Radial class, ahead of Qatar’s Faris al-Bakri and UAE’s Saeed al-Zaidi.

Meanwhile Oman’s Khais al-Wahaibi stole the show in the Laser 4.7 Class event and won the gold medal while UAE’s Hamza al-Ali won silver and Team Qatar’s Abdulrahman Ajinah claimed the bronze medal.

The excitement on the beaches of Katara continued with Oman’s Zakaria al-Wahabi winning the gold medal in the Optimist Class, beating both UAE’s Abdullah al-Bishr and Oman’s Marwan al-Jabri who won silver and bronze.

With three more days left until the Closing Ceremony on Thursday 9th April at al-Gharafa Club, the 3×3 Basketball competitions will begin on Wednesday and conclude the following day, with Qatar considered as the favorites to walk away the overall champions. 

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QOC, ROTA and Qatari school children join in the celebration.

The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) has partnered with Reach Out to Asia (ROTA) to celebrate the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. The two organisations were joined by athletes participating at the GCC Beach Games and Qatari schoolchildren to mark the initiative’s second year.

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The focus of this year’s edition is to highlight the power of sport as a catalyst for social change, development and peace.

The QOC made the most of hosting the 2nd GCC Beach Games in Doha to promote the initiative across the whole of the GCC. Athletes, National Olympic Committees, school children and the general public have united with the QOC and ROTA to celebrate the UN initiative, which is supported by the International Olympic Committee.

Speaking from Al Gharafa Club, one of the venues of the GCC Beach Games, Mohamed al-Fadala, Director of PR and Marketing at the QOC and Executive Director of the Schools Olympic Program, said: “Sport is an incredibly powerful tool for social change and community development, and we are fully supportive of the work that the UN and International Olympic Committee are doing to build a better world through sport.

“The GCC Beach Games is a fantastic opportunity to promote this initiative as it unites different nations through sport and highlights the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle in all members of society.

“The Qatar Olympic Committee is also committed to ensuring that the promotion of this initiative is more than just one day of celebration.

“The theme of this year’s Schools Olympic Program was ‘Sport and Peace’ and we were able to educate our school children about the importance of sport in developing and uniting society and spread the Olympic values of friendship and respect.

“It is wonderful to have children from the Schools Olympic Program here today so that they can see first-hand the power of sport in action.”

Reach Out to Asia is a non-governmental organisation founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir of Qatar, and chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser.

It aims to provide those in need across the Asian continent with quality education and provide support to its neighbouring countries as they overcome developmental difficulties.

The UN’s International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, in conjunction with the IOC, offers the opportunity to promote sport and physical activity as a universal tool and driver for social change.  

The IOC are celebrating the Day through a digital campaign on its social platforms featuring stories of popular Olympians and sports people who have used their fame to give back and contribute to social change through sport.

They are encouraging National Olympic Committees, athletes and sports organisations around their world to tweet their support for the day using the hash tag #sport4betterworld. 

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