Maersk Oil Qatar has joined Qatar University and Texas A&M University at Qatar in spreading support for the Men’s Handball World Championship that starts this Thursday evening in Qatar.

Maersk is a prestige sponsor of the tournament, which is expected to draw up to one billion TV viewers worldwide over the next fortnight. As part of its handball sponsorship, Maersk representatives joined handball mascot Fahed in handing out free tickets to students from Qatar University and Texas A&M University at Qatar during visits to each campus this week. Maersk Oil Qatar’s Managing Director, Lewis Affleck, said:

Maersk is committed to supporting Qatar’s development through partnerships with respected institutions like Qatar University and Texas A&M University at Qatar, so we’re delighted to strengthen those bonds with our prestige sponsorship of the 24th Men’s World Handball Championship 2015. Sport is an integral part of Qatar’s social and economic development, so we are proud to support such an important event that contributes to these goals and with a worldwide audience it makes perfect sense for Maersk as a global company.’

The Maersk Group has a long history of operating in Qatar with several business units – including Maersk Oil, Maersk Line, Svitzer and Damco – playing key roles in the country’s development.

Associate Vice President for Student Life and Services at Qatar University, Dr Abdulla Al Yafei, said:

The Men’s Handball Championships mean a lot to Qatar so we were delighted to join Maersk Oil Qatar in spreading the word, and distributing tickets, to students on our campus. Good luck to all the teams taking part.

The dean and CEO of Texas A&M at Qatar, Dr Mark H Weichold, said:

Maersk Oil Qatar plays a very important role in supporting Texas A&M at Qatar to enrich studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and we are happy to support them as they sponsor the 24th Men’s Handball World Championship. Many of our students will attend as spectators, so it was fantastic to see Maersk representatives and mascot, Fahed, on campus, drumming up support for Qatar and its sporting culture.’

As part of its handball sponsorship, Maersk Oil Qatar will activate a number of its local social investment partnership programmes to raise awareness and encourage positive behaviour change particularly around public health challenges facing Qatar. The Action on Diabetes screening bus will be positioned outside the main tournament stadium at Lusail throughout the 2015 Handball Championships, with healthcare professionals on hand to test fans and offer advice on avoiding Diabetes or managing the condition.

Another programme sponsored by Maersk Oil Qatar, Students for Road Safety, will position its driving simulator, at the main 2015 Handball Championship venue to raise awareness and illustrate positive road behaviours to fans, who will gain expert guidance from advanced driving trainers.