Qatar wins Cycling

The International Cycling Union has announced that Qatar has won the right to stage the 2016 World Road Cycling Championships.

The announcement came on the final day of the Board of Directors Session of the International Cycling Union, which was held at the end of the 79th World Championships hosted by Holland between 15 to 23 September 2012. The Italian city of Florence will host the next edition of the event in 2013. It will be followed the Spanish city of Ponferrada, in 2014, then by the American city of Richmond in 2015, and by Doha, Qatar in 2016.

His Excellency Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Secretary General of the Qatar Olympic Committee, Chairman of the Qatar Bid Committee for the World Road Cycling Championships, Doha 2016 dedicated this success to His Highness the Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, as well as to His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Heir Apparent and President of the Qatar Olympic Committee who attach great importance to the development of sport in Qatar.

Sheikh Saoud expressed his great pleasure to see Qatar hosting the World Road Cycling Championships, 2016, affirming that this will strengthen the reputation of the country as an international sport destination and that it confirms the continuous of Qatar in hosting a number of major sports events due to the know-how of its youth and to the excellent sporting facilities available in the country.

Sheikh Saoud added: “we are proud of the confidence placed in the State of Qatar”. He said that the country is ready to host this championship and other international sports events, underlining that Qatar would be the first Middle East country to host such an important cycling event, which will enhance the popularity of this sport in the region. It is worth mentioning that in the Asian level, this championship was only hosted once by Japan in 1990.

He praised the good work done by the bid team, and the efforts of the Qatar Cycling Federation headed by His Excellency Sheikh Khalid Bin Ali Al Thani, member of the Executive Board of the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), President of the Federation and Vice Chairman of the Qatar Bid Committee. He explained that the preparation for the bid started a long time ago, within the frame of the QOC Vision and strategy aimed at hosting major international sporting events in line with the objectives of the Qatar National Vision 2030. 

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