Olympic Games 2016: Qatar reaching for gold
It is now the eighth time that Qatar enters the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Qatar’s Olympic team at Rio 2016 is three times as big as it was during the 2012 London Olympics where the team won two bronze medals. Since its debut at Los Angeles 1984 Qatar’s selection has grown continually bigger. This year, the country has sent its strongest team ever to Rio.
Qatar competes in ten disciplines with 38 athletes including handball, track & field, shooting and table tennis and this time, Qatar is reaching for gold.
The country’s athletes already had a great start. Qatar´s handball team beat Croatia in their first match at Rio Olympics with a score of 30:23 and has a good chance of winning the next rounds. During the Handball World Cup in Qatar 2015, the team made it Vice Champions. In Rio 2016, it is one of 13 teams competing and has great ambitions.
Commenting on the Handball team’s qualification, Team Qatar’s Chef de Mission Mohamed al-Fadala had said: “Qatar’s National Handball team’s recent success in the Asian Olympic Qualifiers is a perfect example of one of the main things QOC hopes to achieve by hosting world-class events such as the Men’s Handball World Championships, which is to raise the level of our athletes by allowing them to compete against the very best in the world.”
Another chance to fulfill Qatar´s golden dream could be World Junior champion 2010 Mutaz Essa Barshim who is one of the world’s most interesting high jump talent. He holds the national and Asian record with a best mark of 2.43m which can be seen as a great achievement. This jump gave him not only great recognition but also sole possession of the second-highest jump of all time.