The event is set to offer organisers a crucial test ahead of hosting the World Championships later this year. He chairs the Doha Organising Committee and will hope the Asian Athletics Championships provide a positive test event for the World Championships. The Championships, featuring around 2, athletes from countries, are scheduled to take place from September 27 to October 6.
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Cricket will return to the next Asian Games at Hangzhou after the Olympic Council of Asia OCA added it to its sports programme for the next edition of the continental event. Cricket has struggled to grow beyond its traditional bases and was last played at the Olympics in the Paris Games. The Asian Games remains the largest multi-sports event that features cricket and Guangzhou and Incheon included both men's and women's competitions.
Doha was the first city in its region and only the second in West Asia following Tehran in to host the games. It was the first time that all 45 member nations of the Olympic Council of Asia took part in this event. Also, Eurosport broadcast the event, marking the first time that the European continent could watch this Asian sporting event.
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Jump to navigation. India's middle-distance runner PU Chitra won the country's third gold medal at the Asian Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday by finishing on the top step of the podium in the women's m event. Chitra had won the gold medal in the women's m race in the Asian Athletics Championships held in Bhubaneshwar.
After that, a second countdown projection on the stadium floor began to signal the starting of the opening ceremony. A group of 2, young people then used flares to form the national flag followed by the message with the Arabic and English greeting of "asslamualaikum" "peace upon to you". A group of children, led by Nasser Khaled Al Kubaisi, then sang Qatar's national anthem after the raising of the national flag by the Qatari Armed Forces personnel.
Qatar have won their first major football title by beating four-time champion Japan in the Asian Cup final on Friday. It was an improbable run to glory for the Gulf nation as it prepares to host the World Cup. The victory in Abu Dhabi against one of the favourites came only hours after tournament organisers announced they had dismissed a challenge by the United Arab Emirates UAEwhose football association had challenged the eligibility of two Qatar players hours after Qatar beat them in the semi-final.
India with 17 medals 3 Gold, 7 silver and 7 bronze finished fourth in the tournament. The four-day event saw participation from 63 nations across the world. Bahrain topped the tally with 11 gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze, followed by China with 10 gold, 13 silver, 7 bronze and then Japan with 5 gold, 4 silver, 9 bronze.