Doha, 2 November 2023 - The President of the Qatar Rugby and Hockey Committee (QRHC) Yousef Jaham Al Kuwari stressed the federations readiness to organize an exceptional edition of the Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy for men's and women's competitions, which will witness, for the first time, the participation of a record number of teams compared to the previous edition in 2017.
Al Kuwari said in a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA) that the participation of 22 men's and women's teams in the tournament is a record for the first time, especially since the previous tournament in 2017 in Doha witnessed the participation of a much smaller number of teams.
QRHC's President considered that Doha's hosting of the Asian championship reflects the great confidence that the State of Qatar enjoys within the Asian rugby federation, in addition to its superior capabilities that will ensure the success of the various tournaments held on its territory, adding that "We seek to organize an exceptional edition by all standards."
He confirmed that all preparations to host the tournament had been completed in a distinguished manner, considering that the success achieved by Doha in organizing many Asian championships previously was the impetus for the consensus of all Asian federations to entrust the organization of this major tournament to Qatar.
He explained that the Qatari men's and women's teams will continue to provide the best in the tournament that begins tomorrow, Friday, in which they will compete to win the title and qualify for the Asian Series, which in turn qualifies for the 2027 Rugby World Cup Finals.
He Pointed out that the QRHC supervised the preparation of the men's and women's teams well, by providing a strong preparation program for the tournament, whether through intensive training in Doha or by holding many friendly matches.
Al Kuwari concluded his statement to QNA by saying that the QRHC will continue to work hard to raise the level of the game, and increase the number of practitioners in the Asian Championship, which Doha is hosting for the second time after 2017, indicating that the organizing committee of the championship held many meetings during the last period in order to present an ideal edition.
For his part, Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the tournament and QRHC's Secretary-General Abdullah Aman Al Khater confirmed all preparations have completed for the start of the tournament tomorrow.
Al Khater said in a similar statement to QNA that the teams participating in the tournament began arriving in Doha some time ago, where the Saudi and Indian teams have arrived a week ago in Qatar and set up their camp here in preparation for the tournament. As for the rest of the teams, they arrived yesterday, and some of them arrived today. Three hotels in Doha have been designated as headquarters for the delegations.
He explained that the Qatari men's and women's teams continued their preparations to participate in the tournament. New coaches were also hired for the men's and women's teams in order to achieve good results.
Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the tournament stated that all tournament committees have been excreting their best efforts in order to make the event a success and to produce it in a way that befits Qatar's reputation and to be an addition to the series of successes achieved by Qatar in organizing various major continental or international sporting events.