Doha, 16 January 2021 - Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) President Sheikh Ahmed Al Fahad Al Sabah praised the distinguished organisation of the Doha World Judo Masters 2021, which concluded on Wednesday at the new-look Lusail Multipurpose Hall, with the participation of 399 athletes - 215 male and 184 female players - from 69 countries. In a statement, the OCA President said that Qatar organised in a short time more than one competition successfully and remarkably, and it received great praises, which is not new for Qatar.
“The Doha World Judo Masters has been added to the list of successful tournaments organised in Doha, especially in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) conditions, and we are happy to return to Doha once again, the sports capital of the Asian continent.” “During my meeting with the various judo sports leaders and those present in the championship, all of them praised the good quality of the Qatari organisation, and considered it one of the best Masters tournaments,” he explained.
He congratulated President of the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) H E Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, the Organising Committee of the championship, International Judo Federation (IJF) President Marius Vizer, and President of the Judo Union of Asia (JUA) Obaid Al Enezi for the great success of the championship, wishing Qatar more success in hosting other tournaments in the future. On Wednesday, the International Judo Federation President Marius Vizer also lauded Qatar’s organisation of the season-opening event.
“The Doha World Judo Masters is a great success from all points of view,” said Vizer. “We have great champions and fantastic organisation despite the global health situation. The local organising committee did everything possible to make the event a success,” the IJF chief said.
“I want to thank the authorities of Qatar and the Amir His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, as well as the national federation of judo, their President Mr. Khalid Hamad Alatiya and his team, who did an amazing job," he added. “We must also recognise the efforts of the Qatar Olympic Committee and its President, His Excellency Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani. Everyone can be really proud of what was done in Doha. We had the best of the best athletes in the world present.
All of them shall be congratulated and especially all the winners." "In 2023 we’ll be back in the city for our World Championships, the flagship event of our organisation. We are all looking forward to it,” he added.