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Posted On: 1 August 2009 05:58 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

UK squad for Commonwealth Games likely to train in Doha

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British sportsmen who will be taking part in the 20th Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi are expected to train in Doha, a spokesperson for Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) has said. A British sports delegation has visited Doha on a two-day tour to discuss possibilities of holding training camps for the British national teams in Doha in preparation for the 20th Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi from October 3-14. Donald Barker, director of the Commonwealth Games in Britain, headed the delegation that included David Faulkner, representative of British Hockey Federation, Professor George White, specialist of sport sciences, Dr Mickael Lomso, medical manager of national teams and Willy Johnson, security official. The visitors were taken on a tour of Aspire, Lusail shooting range, and the hockey field at Al Rayyan Sports Club. “Barker and the accompanying delegation were surprised by the modern sport facilities in Qatar which they rated as best in the world and also plan to host a training camp in Qatar, as it is not too far from India.” The QOC official quoted Barker as saying that Britain would take part in 17 different sports and around 550 delegates including athletes, coaches and team managers would be heading to India. The training camp will be held for five to 10 days. Team managers will visit Doha in the beginning of October to prepare for the camp. The head of the delegation extended his appreciation towards the QOC officials, Sport Affairs Department, and Public Relations and Marketing department for their warm welcome. The Commonwealth of Nations, usually known as the Commonwealth, is an intergovernmental organisation of 53 independent member states. Most of them were formerly parts of the British Empire. Queen Elizabeth II chairs the organisation that was founded in 1981.