The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) announced on Wednesday, 6 September 2023, that 180 athletes will be representing Qatar at the 19th edition of the Asian Games, which will run from 23 September to 8 October 2023, in the Chinese city of Hangzhou.
Most notably, Team Qatar stars will be competing in 27 sports disciplines, including shooting, athletics, basketball, boxing, chess, cycling, esports, equestrian, football, fencing, gymnastics, golf, handball, Juji Karate, sailing, squash, swimming, tennis, taekwondo, triathlon, table tennis, volleyball, 3x3 basketball, beach volleyball, weightlifting, and Archery.
Qatar beach volleyball team will kick off their campaign in the games on Tuesday, 19 September 2023, four days away from the event's opening ceremony - while Qatar football and volleyball teams will begin fighting for top honours on Wednesday, 20 September 2023.
Defending champions, the Qatar handball team will begin participation on Sunday, 24 September 2023, in Group B with South Korea and Hong Kong.
Team Qatar claimed the men's handball gold medal at Incheon 2014 Asian Games after a 24-21 victory over hosts South Korea in the final match and they defended the title at Jakarta-Palembang 2018 Asian Games after beating Bahrain 32-27 in the final match.
With the outpouring of hard work, team Qatar is looking to open a new chapter of achievements in the Hangzhou Asian Games and take Qatar's incredible sports record to a greater level - backed by big support from wise leadership.
On his behalf, HE QOC Secretary-General Jassim bin Rashid Al Buainain appreciated Team Qatar's participation in these games. He said together we can make these games memorable and successful.
His Excellency continued, saying: that Qatar will have a significant presence in the upcoming edition of the Asian Games, represented by 180 athletes who aspire to deliver impressive performances and reach the podium. We wish all our athletes the best of luck and hope to continue the successes achieved in previous editions, showcasing a positive image of Qatari sports in this major Asian event.
Source & cover image credit: QNA
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