Aspire Dome will host the 48th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships that Doha is set to stage this week beginning on Thursday, 25 October for the first time in the Middle East.
The World Championship, which serves as the first qualification event for Tokyo 2020 Olympics, is the world’s biggest gymnastics competition. Ali Al Hitmi, Executive Manager of the Local Organising Committee of Doha 2018 said the team at Aspire are providing them with logistics support that will ensure the best services for the athletes and officials at the competition venue.
With more than 600 athletes from 78 different nations participating, the venue has set up six training halls, a warm-up hall and the competition hall, all under Aspire Dome. In addition, 800 temporary seats have been added to comply with the required minimum of 6,000 seats by the International Gymnastics Federation, for the World Championships.
A fan zone area has also been set up allowing spectators to optimise their experience. With days away from the opening, preparations are in the final stage to welcome gymnasts, officials and spectators to Aspire Dome.
Aspire CEO Mohammed Al Suwaidi, said they will do their best to stage a special event that will represent Qatar in the best possible way. Aspetar, the medical partner of the World Championship is also on site and will provide medical services.
Aspire Dome has the capacity to host 13 different sporting events simultaneously. As part of Aspire Zone, it previously hosted the Asian Games in 2006, the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, the 2011 Arab Games as well as an annual event in the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup series since 2009. Qatar is the first Arab country to host the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships. Only Japan and China have organised it in Asia.
To learn more about the 48th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, visit worldgymdoha18.com. You can also follow the event on social media through @DohaGym2018. Tickets are still available at Virgin Megastores and online through this link.