Posted on October 30, 2011

At Doha’s City Center Mall this weekend, basketball players of all ages from across Qatar competed in the exciting 3 on 3 basketball tournament organised as part of the eagerly anticipated build-up to Arab Games Doha 2011. A total of 16 schools participated in the event, which was full of energy and brought forth some of the brightest players in Doha.

The adults final match was won by Sustainable Energy against Jack’s, with a score of 13-12. Wakra Boys earned 3rd place in the adults final match.

On the other hand, the schools final match was won by Tareq Ben Ziyad School against Ahmad Ben Hanbal School, with a score of 11-9. Ali Bin Jassim School earned 3rd place in the schools final match.

The showpiece event, known as the ‘Arab Games 2011 – 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament’ featured some of Qatar’s most talented local players within the dramatic setting  of the busy mall’s exhibition area, with large crowds enjoying the intense sporting action on a specially built court.  

Captains of the winning teams were awarded their trophies by dignitaries from the sports industry , including members of AGOC.

Hazem Tayarah, Captain, Sustainable Energy, found the event to be a platform for him to perform in front of a large audience.

“This was such a fantastic experience. I am glad that more different kinds of sporting events are coming up in Qatar, and giving young sports fans like me the chance to present our talents,” he said.

Ahmad Al Behari, Captain Tareq Ben Ziyad School, is excited that his school will be actively attending all events that are part of the upcoming Arab Games.

“We are so excited to be a part of Arab Games Doha 2011. My peers and I are also looking forward to more events like 3 on 3 Basketball, which will include other sports in a similar environment,” he said.

Organised by the Qatar Olympic Committee and the Arab Games Organising Committee (AGOC),  in partnership with Qsports Leagues,  the 3 on 3 tournament has been created as part of an ongoing series of events designed by the AGOC to reach out to and inspire young people in the local community during the countdown to one of the biggest sporting events in the Middle East.

“Young individuals have the opportunity to compete in a sport as part of a school curriculum or in a tournament once in a while, but community-oriented activities like the 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament encourage regular practice and interaction between diverse groups that share a common interest,” said Khalil Al-Jabir, Deputy Executive Director, AGOC.

“As organisers of the upcoming Arab Games, which Qatar will host for the first time, we support activities like the 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament because they give us a platform to raise awareness about the games, while giving fresh players an opportunity to showcase and cultivate their talents,” he said.

 

After months of organisation and logistical preparations, the Arab Games 2011 – 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament presented basketball hopefuls on the lookout for a challenging weekend activity, as well as an opportunity to meet likeminded individuals.

Hassan Abdulla Al Mohammadi, Manager, Promotions, AGOC, said:

“I am grateful to my teams at AGOC and Qatar Olympic Committee, as well as the entire team of QSports, for their tireless efforts at making this event so enormously successful. From the feedback we have been receiving, it seems that people were looking out for such interactive, even slightly informal, sporting events to keep active through the weekend. With an escalating demand for more, I would say the 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament exceeded our expectations.”

Hailed the best player of the tournament, Abdulrahman Jamal, a student at Hamad Bin Abdulla Bin Jasim School and a player at Al Sadd Club, said:

“I enjoyed the tournament, it was quite a challenge, and I enjoyed competing against real good players. It was very well-organised, and I would love to participate in future tournaments especially if they are 3 on 3, as they offer a larger court to compete on.”

 

Ghanim Al Mohannadi, Director, QSports, said:

 

“The 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament is the materialisation of over two months of hard work. Collaborating with AGOC has been a truly wonderful experience, and we hope to organise many similar events in the lead up to Arab Games Doha 2011, which I am positive will be a very successful event.”

 

Beyond watching the high-speed shootout on court fans were able to go beyond being spectators to actually take part in the basketball action with a daily free throw competition and some fantastic prizes up for grabs. 

“As Arab Games Doha 2011 draws near, it is important for the entire nation to be engaged in activities like the 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament for all communities to get involved and understand the value of sport in our daily lives,” said Khalid Al Mohannadi, Executive Director, AGOC.

“Sport challenges and inspires people to develop Olympic values of excellence, respect, and friendship – our goal is to host an Arab Games, not only of Olympic standards, but also Olympic values,” he said.

The upcoming Arab Games Doha 2011, which are scheduled to take place from December 9-23, will feature 22 countries, close to 30 sports, and over 6,000 athletes and officials, in one action-packed multi-sport event. Follow all the latest news on www.arabgames2011.qa

 

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