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Sport in Qatar

Football is the most popular sport in Qatar. Other popular sports include basketball, handball, volleyball, camel racing, horse racing, and cricket.

The Qatari national football team's greatest footballing achievement was when they won the Gulf Cup twice, first in 1992, and again in 2004. The Youth team also reached the final of the 1981 FIFA World Youth Championship, where they lost 4-0 to West Germany in the final.

Al Sadd are the most successful sports club in the country, with dozens of titles won across all major sports.

Qatar hosted the AFC Asian Cup in 1988 and 2011. It has also hosted the Gulf Cup twice.

Qatar has hosted the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, a European Tour golf event, since 1998,[1] and the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, an ATP World Tour event, since 1993.

The largest Sporting event hosted in Qatar was the 2006 Asian Games, hosted in Doha. There were 46 disciplines from 39 events contested. The Games were marred by the death of South Korean equestrian rider Kim Hyung-chil in a fatal accident during competition.

During December 2011 Qatar was by the first time the AFC Futsal West Asia Champion winning 3-2 in the final against Kuwait. The coach is the Portuguese Francisco Baptista. Not long later they lost 8-0 in the official AFC Futsal Championship from Iran but with the new coach Abdelila Benaim.

Major Sport events in Qatar

  • 2004 - Asian Handball Championships - hosted
  • 2004 - ITTF World Team Table Tennis Championships - hosted
  • 2005 - Asian Basketball Championships - hosted
  • 2005 - World Weightlifting Championships - hosted
  • 2005 - West Asian Games - hosted
  • 2006 - Asian Sailing Championships - hosted
  • 2006 - Asian Games - hosted
  • 2008 - Asian Indoor Athletics Championships - hosted
  • 2008 - Asian Youth Wrestling Championships - hosted
  • 2008 - Asian Optimist Sailing Championships - hosted
  • 2009 - Asian Fencing Championships - hosted
  • 2009 - FIVB Club World Championships - hosted
  • 2009 - ISF World Gymnasiade - hosted
  • 2010 - IAAF World Indoor Championships - hosted
  • 2010 - ISAF World Junior 470 Sailing C’ships - hosted
  • 2011 - Asian Football Cup - hosted
  • 2011 - Arab Games - hosted
  • 2012 - Asian Shooting Championships - hosted
  • 2014 - FINA Short Course World Championships
  • 2015 - IHF Handball World Championships
  • 2015 - Doha 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships
  • 2015 - World Amateur Boxing Championships
  • 2016 - UCI Road Cycling World Championships
  • 2018 - FIG Artistic World Gymnastics Championships
  • 2019 - IAAF World Championships
  • 2022 - FIFA World Cup

Annual Events

  • since 1993 - ATP Tennis Tournament doha
  • since 1998 - Commercial Bank Qatar Masters
  • since 2004 - FIM Moto Racing World Championships
  • since 2008 - FEI Equestrian Global Champions Tour
  • since 2008 - WTA Tour Tennis Championships
  • since 2010 - IAAF Diamond League
  • since 2010 - IHF Handball Super Globe
  • since 2010 - FIVB Club World Championships

Failed Bids

  • 2020 - Olympic Games


Basketball is an increasingly popular sport in Qatar. The country won several medals at the Asian Basketball Championship and even qualified for the Basketball World Cup. This is especially noteworthy because of the country's small size.

See also


  1. ^ "Facts and Figures - Commercial Bank Qatar Masters". The PGA European Tour. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 

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