Doha is the first city in the Middle East, which will host the World Championships in the history of Artistic Gymnastics. National pride is at stake, for the three Qatari gymnasts who will represent the host country, in the Aspire Dome. The Qatari team is not expected to compete for medals, but its members want to show their compatriots the strides that they have made in the last couple years.
The experienced Ahmed Al Dyani and the 18year olds Ahmed Nabeel Mosa and Jana Elkeky will represent the State of Qatar in the 48th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships (October 25th – November 3rd). The head coach of the Qatari national team, Razvan Selariu talked to ProTV about the goals that his gymnasts have set.
“Our dream is to qualify one or maybe both Ahmed and Nabeel to the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020. The first for a Qatari gymnast. We cannot do that this year in Doha, because we don’t have a full team (of five gymnasts), maybe we try next year in Stuttgart”.
The Romanian coach, a bronze medalist in the 2004 Olympic Games in the team event, has been working with the program for the last ten years.
“I am very proud of our gymnasts. They are very dedicated to their training and they combine it with their studies. We have worked hard for these Championships and we hope that we will show the progress that we have made”.
Al Dyani and Mosa will compete in the All-Around event, while Elkeky will compete in the balance beam, the floor and the vault. Selariu concludes that “if all things go as planned, Al Dyani will be very strong in the pommel horse. How strong? Even to finish among the very best in the world”.