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February 20, 2016

Li Ling Improves Asian Pole Vault Record to 4.70m- Day 1 Asian Indoors

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Li Ling Improves Asian Pole Vault Record to 4.70m Another of the evening’s standout performances came in the women’s pole vault where it was China’s Li Ling who dominated. After winning the competition at 4.40m, she added first attempt clearances at 4.50m,… Read More
Feb 19, 2016 4119

Day 2 Preview - 7th Asian Indoor Championships

2016-02-19 - Day 2 Preview - 7th Asian Indoor Championships Seven titles will be up for grabs on day two of the 7th Asian Indoor Championships on Saturday (20 Feb) with Olympic triple jump champion Olga Rypakova commanding much of the spotlight. The… Read More
Feb 18, 2016 3622

Doha to stage best ever Asian Indoor Athletics Championship says Dahlan Al-Hamad

Feb 18, 2016 – Doha. Speaking to a large gathering of journalists on the eve of the 7th AAA Asian Indoor Athletics Championships, Asian Athletics Association (AAA) and Qatar Athletics Federation President Major General Dahlan Al Hamad didn't mince words about… Read More
Feb 17, 2016 2886

84th Asian Athletics Association Council Meeting Doha

Asian Athletics Association Council Meeting begins – IAAF President Lord Coe, QOC Secretary General Dr. Al Kuwari and AAA President Al Hamad officially opened the two-day meeting Doha, 17 Feb 2016 - International Association of Athletics Federations President… Read More
Feb 10, 2016 3781

Olympic gold medallist Olga Rypakova and World Indoors champion Mutaz Barshim lead Asian Indoor Championships’ stellar line-up 

Doha, 10 Feb 2016 - The reigning triple jump Olympic champion, a 2014 World Indoors gold medallist and the winners of 14 disciplines from the previous edition of the Asian Athletics Association’s flagship indoor competition, may be found among the list of 432… Read More
Feb 03, 2016 2454

Musaeb Abdulrahman Balla eyes Asian Indoors glory and record

Doha, 3 Feb 2016 - 2015 had been outstanding for Musaeb Abdulrahman Balla, but it seems that the best is yet to come for the 26-year-old Qatari middle-distance runner. The 800m reigning Asian indoor and outdoor champion has high hopes for 2016, starting from… Read More
Jan 19, 2016 3693

Records are expected to tumble in Doha’s 2016 Asian Indoor Championships

Doha, 19.01.2016 - With exactly one month remaining until the multi-event athletes will set foot in Doha’s magnificent Aspire Dome arena for the Women’s Pentathlon 60m Hurdles heats, to commence the 7th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships action, quite a lot… Read More
Dec 21, 2015 2724

Qatar pledges to organise a memorable sporting event at the 7th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships

Mutaz Barshim to lead Qatar team’s quest to thrive Doha 21.12.2015 - Qatar vigorously prepares to dynamically enter the 2016 athletics season with yet another prestigious international event, the 7th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships, staged on its soil,… Read More

Mutaz Barshim to lead Qatar team’s quest to thrive

Doha 21.12.2015 - Qatar vigorously prepares to dynamically enter the 2016 athletics season with yet another prestigious international event, the 7th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships, staged on its soil, QAF announced today at a press conference held in InterContinental Doha the City Hotel.

Asian Athletics Association and Qatar Athletics Federation President, Major General Dahlan Al Hamad revealed that approximately 450 athletes coming from 36 Nations will come to Doha to take part at AAA’s top indoor competition, among them the High Jump Olympic bronze medalist Mutaz Essa Barshim, who was among the speakers at the Press Conference. Moreover, along with the number of the officials the guests from all delegations will be more than 600.

“We at Qatar Athletics Federation feel very happy and proud to host yet again this prestigious event in Doha. This is another high class competition in line with our Nation’s Vision for 2030 and once more we have set high standards in organising such an important sporting event, as we aim to continue building a lasting legacy as ideal organisers of major sporting activities at global, continental or regional level.”

The 7th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships will be held from February 19 to February 21 in the Aspire Dome, the venue which successfully hosted the IAAF World Indoor Championships in 2010 and the 3rd Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in 2008.

“Throughout all these years we have gained valuable experience in hosting large-scale athletics events with a global impact, a mission that will be culminated with the hosting of the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships,” said Mr. Al Hamad, who added that Qatar team’s objective is to rank first, just like two years ago in Hangzhou, China:

“Qatar may boast of having one of the youngest and most talented teams worldwide. At the 7th Asian Indoor Championships we expect to field a full-strength squad of more than 25 male and female athletes. Two years ago we topped the medal table with 5 golds. We are optimistic that the home advantage will guide our athletes to repeat that feat, and furthermore demonstrate their enormous potential ahead of the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Portland, USA.”

The 7th Asian Indoor Championships will be one of the very last chances for the Asian athletes who haven’t made it thus far, to meet the qualification

standard for Portland. Aspire Zone’s fast track will surely assist many of them fulfill their task and qualify for the World Indoor Championships.

Speaking on behalf of his fellow compatriots, the reigning World and Asian Indoor High Jump champion, Mutaz Essa Barshim stated he will do everything to help the team duplicate its 2014 heroics, while he also admitted that he will attack again the world record both indoors and outdoors.

“I want to thank QAF for bringing this important competition in Qatar. First of all I want to stay healthy and then do everything possible to compete at the highest level. It will be a very difficult season with so many great competitions ahead, like the Asian and the World Indoor Championships and of course the Olympic Games in the summer.

“I will try to beat the world record indoors and outdoors on 3-4 occasions this year, starting from the World Championships in Portland” said Mutaz, who will be soon leaving Doha to continue his training in Poland. He also said that he will restrict his indoor appearances this season comparing to previous years.

Abdel Hakeem Al Ameri, QAF Head of Technical Committee & Competition and Director for the 7th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships stated that many foreign delegations have already asked to come to Doha well before the Championships to boost their winter training preparations:

“Our fine weather and the ideal facilities and conditions we may offer, have attracted the interest of various countries who have asked us to accept them before the Indoor Championships for training camps.”

The 7th Asian Indoor Championships is supported by Aspire and Aspetar, two giant Qatari organisations in the sports’ industry and trusted partners of QAF in recent years.