Elite Athletes at Ooredoo Doha Marathon shed spotlight on Qatar’s Sports Tourism
The sixth edition of the Ooredoo Doha Marathon, held on Friday 12 January 2018, saw 2,400 participants from 83 nationalities take part. To help raise the event’s profile internationally, 19 elite athletes from across the globe were invited to participate in the half marathon event; they were competing for $50,000 in prize money, with equal prize funds for both the men’s and women’s events.
The marathon is Qatar’s largest mass-participation sports event and includes a full marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K events for adults and youth as well as 3K and 1K events for children.
Qatar recognises sports’ power to bring people together and is using events such as this one to amplify its message of welcoming the world.
Rashed AlQurese, Chief Marketing & Promotion Officer at QTA commented, "We are pleased to have collaborated with Ooredoo as Sports Tourism Partner for the sixth edition of the Ooredoo Doha Marathon 2018. Our support comes as part of QTA’s efforts to build the sports tourism sector to attract sports fans and athletes from all corners of the globe.” He added, "We are delighted to have hosted a distinguished field of international athletes to participate in the Half Marathon event to echo Qatar’s message of welcoming the world and shed a spotlight on the country's tourism capabilities and world-class sports facilities. We look forward to extending our support to numerous local and international sports events in Qatar in the months and years to come.”
● Qatar continues to witness developments in its infrastructure and sports facilities, making it a preferred destination for some of the world’s leading sports clubs and federations to host training camps.
● The Ooredoo Doha Marathon 2018 was a celebration of sports’ power to bring people together against the backdrop of the capital city’s iconic cityscape.
● Qatar hosts close to 80 sporting events and world-class competitions across a multitude of sporting disciplines annually.
● Qatar is the first Middle Eastern country to earn the rights to host the World Championships in Athletics (2019), FIFA World Cup (2022) and the FINA World Swimming Championships (2023).
● The marathon capitalises on the country’s pleasant sunny winter weather when daytime temperatures average at 23°C.
▪ Short soundbite with Sir Mo Farah, 6-time world champion and 4-time Olympic gold medallist, one of the greatest athletes of all time. (in English)
▪ Shots of international field of athletes participating in the Half Marathon event
▪ Shots of elite athletes enjoying various tourist attractions across Qatar
▪ Shots of elite athletes enjoying the majestic dunes of Qatar’s Khor AlAdaid