Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) has finalised its first qualification round for Qatar’s Strongest Man (QSM 2018), scheduled on 7 December at Aspire Park.
The QSM 2018 organising committee will hold the final round of qualification tests this weekend, followed by a technical meeting early next month to familiarise the eight finalists with the competition’s rules and regulations.
The first phase of tests attracted over 25 contestants, including last year’s open category title holder Christopher Oketch and a number of promising participants who want to claim the title. Only the eight strongest and fastest participants who successfully completed the physical challenges will proceed to the actual competition. Challenges include a 200-kg deadlift, a farmer’s 20-metre walk while carrying 120-kg in each arm, and a giant 160-kg tire flip.
The event is much anticipated by sports-enthusiasts in Qatar. Though QSM is only once a year, contestants tend to train regularly to achieve better physical health to compete. This is actually one of AZF’s main aims – to promote an active and healthy lifestyle throughout the year.
The event is sponsored by Sports Corner, Ooredoo, De Boer, and Kidzania.
AZF will also organise a series of accompanying community activities for families during the event. Activities will include a fan zone and play area for children, as well as a variety of local food and beverage stands.