Twelve Qatari athletes are set to compete in the London Games this summer, thus making up the biggest ever contingent of local stars to participate in the world’s biggest sporting event.
The Doha-based carrier will provide a fitting send off to the athletes as they prepare to join thousands of sporting stars from across the globe for the 30th Olympiad in the British capital.
The Qatari athletes are, between them, competing in four key disciplines – shooting, swimming, table tennis and athletics – during the two-week event between July 27 and August 12.
The partnership between the two local organisations was signed by Qatar Olympic Committee Secretary General Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker at a press conference held at the Qatar Olympic Committee headquarters in Doha.
Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani expressed his delight at Qatar Airways becoming a key sponsor of the Qatar Olympic team for the forthcoming London Games.
“I would like to express my thanks to Qatar Airways, like other leading national companies, in supporting the sports sector in our country in a big way,” said Sheikh Saoud.
“As we meet with Qatar Airways today, preparing to head to London with our athletes, this sponsorship will further demonstrate that one of the biggest companies in Qatar is committed to backing our athletes to achieve great success next month.”
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said that supporting the Qatar Olympic Team fitted well in the airline’s overall strategy to back key sporting events, especially those that focus on local talent.
“In just over a month, 12 young men and women from our country will compete for national glory in London,” said Al Baker.
“The global spotlight will be on the British capital during 2 weeks of gruelling competition that will see our talented athletes take on the world’s best. The nation should take pride backing our sporting stars and cheer them on. At Qatar Airways, we are delighted to lend our support to Team Qatar promising to give them a flying send off to the world’s largest sporting event.”
He added: “As the nation’s sporting ambassadors, I am sure they will demonstrate the high spirit that they have embraced, having worked hard towards selection for this great tournament. Dedication, determination and commitment are what our athletes have focused on through years of training and sacrifice to be the best in what they do.
“On behalf of Qatar Airways, I tell them to enjoy the moment, cherish the moment and live the moment. We look forward to flying them to London and sincerely hope they return to Doha armed with many medals.”
Qatar Airways operates five flights each day between Doha and London Heathrow, together with 10 services each week to Manchester in northern England, offering two key gateways and great travel options to the UK.
With the global spotlight on London this summer, Qatar Airways looks forward to carrying even more passengers, especially sports fans, from around the world to the UK for a summer of fun and excitement as Olympic euphoria gathers momentum.
Qatar Airways is one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, currently operating a modern fleet of 109 aircraft to 116 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.
Since the beginning of the year, Qatar Airways has launched flights to Baku (Azerbaijan); Tbilisi (Georgia); Kigali (Rwanda); Zagreb (Croatia), Erbil (Iraq) and Baghdad (Iraq), with many more planned during 2012.
Over the next few months, Qatar Airways launches services to a diverse portfolio of new routes, including Perth, Australia (July 3); Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (July 25); Mombasa, Kenya (August 15); Yangon, Myanmar (October 3), Maputo, Mozambique (October 31) and a date yet-to-be-announced to the Serbian capital Belgrade.
About Qatar Olympic Committee
The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) was founded on 14 March 1979. The mission of QOC is to put sport and physical recreation activity everywhere in Qatar so as to have harmonious development of men and women in a true Olympic spirit and in accordance with the Olympic Charter. QOC strategy revolves around two main matters, first being the education and encouragement of all people living in Qatar to adopt sport practice in their lives and second is the development of talented athletes to achieve high end results. Programmes are carried out by the QOC all over the country to maintain this strategy for our youth, both male and female, in promoting sports.
About Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways currently has orders worth over US$50 billion for more than 250 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and A320 Family of aircraft. Skytrax is the only global independent passenger survey monitoring airline standards and is considered the ultimate benchmark for excellence in the airline industry. In addition to winning Skytrax’s prestigious Airline of the Year 2011 award last summer, Qatar Airways was named Best Airline in the Middle East for the sixth year in a row, and its Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport was named Best Premium Service Airport for the second consecutive year in 2012. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com
Qatar Olympic Committee
Hassan Al Mohammadi, Head of Media
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