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Qatar leaving no stone unturned in pursuit of sporting success
卡達竭盡全力追求體育成功

Qatar’s Al-Rayyan player Sayaf Al-Kurbi, left, fights for the ball with Ahmed Otaif, right, of Saudi Arabia’s Al-Shabab during a football match in Doha on April 2.
卡達艾雷恩隊員Sayaf Al-Kurbi(左)與沙烏地阿拉伯阿爾沙布巴隊員Ahmed Otaif(右)四月二日在一場於卡達度哈舉辦的足球賽上搶球。

Photo: AFP
照片:法新社

Increasingly under the international spotlight after earning the right to host the 2022 World Cup, Qatar is leaving no stone unturned in its quest to become a sporting superpower.

With a population of around 2 million people, of which only 300,000 are Qatari nationals, outnumbered approximately six-to-one by foreign workers, Qatar certainly does not have the kind of wide pool from which to pick and choose talent that countries such as China or the US enjoy.

Yet just as Qatar has proved keen to recruit foreign nationals to boost its sporting teams, so too has the emirate scouted the world to find the best people in a raft of pursuits outside the direct sporting sphere but related to it that could help enhance its competitive ambitions.

Whether doctors, coaches, strategists or specialists in any number of walks of life, Qatar has attracted them to the blazing heat of the desert to take part in the most ambitious of sporting projects.

(AFP)

在贏得二0二二年世界杯足球賽主辦權後,卡達日益成為國際矚目焦點,因此正卯足全力成為體育界的超級強國。

由於卡達約兩百萬的人口中只有三十萬是卡達籍,外籍勞工跟卡達人的比例高達六比一,卡達不可能擁有像中國或美國這樣能從中挑選優秀選手的廣泛人才庫。

但正如卡達過去一直努力招募外國選手加入其體育團隊,卡達現也正在全球努力物色體育圈以外、但和體育相關領域的大批頂尖人才,來協助強化卡達的競爭雄心。

不論是醫生、教練、策士或各行各業的專家,都被卡達請到這個炎熱的沙漠國度,參與最野心勃勃的運動計畫。

(法新社/翻譯:俞智敏)

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