Sports in Qatar have taken big strides in recent years as reflected in the impressive performance of various Qatari teams that participated in regional and international contests. Qatar succeeded in hosting and organizing several tournaments which made it an important venue for international sporting events. The hosting of the Asian Games in 2006 is the shining example of Qatar’s sports achievements.
Qatar hosts several international championships on annual basis, such as the Golf Masters International Tournament, Qatar Motor Rally, Athletics Grand Prix, Qatar Desert Horseracing Marathon and Equine Beauty Contests. Qatar also provides the venue for Women Tennis Association events, Qatar International Table Tennis Tournament and Hurdle International Championship in addition to other continental and international sports events.
Qatar holds the distinguished record of hosting the first ever Moto GP race under Flood Light. Valentino Rossi & Casey Stoner are our local heroes. The same circuit plays host to International Super Bike racing annually.
Qatar Open Tennis Tournament is a prestigious international event, annually attracting scores of the world first class players.
The Arabian Gulf water with its cadet blue color and the region's deep blue sky provide the most favorable conditions for boat sailing. The International Regatta, nicknamed "Sail the Gulf", attracts the participation of competitors from many countries.
Qatar International Desert Marathon is a real test for both man and beast, where competitors do the standard marathon distance of 42 km and 200 meters. The event attracts media people from all over the world to participate in the excitement and the suspense.