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Qatar leaving no stone unturned in pursuit of sporting success

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

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.







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