The 19th Asian Games, hosted by the Chinese city of Hangzhou, will officially open 23 September 2023 and will run through 8 October 2023.
Qatar is participating the Asian Games with more than 183 male and female athletes, competing in 27 disciplines including archery, athletics, Basketball, Boxing, Chess, Cycling, E-Sports, Equestrian, Football, Fencing, Gymnastics, Golf, Handball, Jiu-Jitsu Karate, Sailing, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon, Table Tennis, Volleyball, 33 Basketball, Beach Volleyball and Weightlifting.
More than 12,000 male and female athletes from 45 countries are participating in the tournament, competing for 481 gold medals that will be distributed in 40 different sports, nine of which will qualify for the Summer Olympic Games scheduled in the French capital, Paris, next year.
This is the third time that China has hosted the Asian Games after Beijing 1990 and Guangzhou 2010. The tournament was scheduled for the summer of 2022, but was postponed to this year due to the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The games will be held in 54 sports venues, most of them in Hangzhou but also extending to five other cities, while the opening ceremony will be held at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Stadium, which has a capacity of 80,000 spectators, and will host athletics competitions and the opening and closing ceremonies.
Shooter Nasser Salih Al Attiyah and Qatar equestrian team rider Maryam Al Buainain will carry the flag of the State of Qatar at the opening ceremony.
Qatar won 13 medals including 6 gold medals in addition to 4 silver medals and 3 bronze medals in the last Asian Games which were held in Jakarta and Palembang Indonesia in 2018.
The Qatari flag was raised on Thursday 21 September 2023 at the 19th Asian Games village in China's Hangzhou.
H.E. Second Vice President of Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), Dr. Thani bin Abdulrahman Al Kuwari, H.E. QOC's Jassim bin Rashid Al Buainain, and chef de mission Rashid Adiba were in attendance, along with several QOC officials and representatives and sports federations.
During the flag-raising ceremony, the State of Qatar's national anthem was played. Adiba exchanged shields with the organizing committee representative and festive shows and carnival activities were performed.
Following the ceremony, the QOC Secretary-General met several Qatari athletes at the sports village and urged them to leave no stone unturned to showcase an honorable image of Qatari sports in the major Asian forum.
Source: Qatar News Agency
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