The qualifications event start today for the Doha Challenger FIG World Cup. The Doha Cup, as one of the ‘B’ Series Cups is an apparatus cup. Gymnasts can compete in all events if they choose, but there is no all around. 165 gymnasts from 24 countries will compete.
Gymnasts to note who will be taking part are Brazil’s Daniele Hypolito, China’s new seniors Tan Sixin and Yao Jinnan who wowed at the Cottbus Cup will compete as well as MAG Zou Kai, Ashleigh Brennan, Larissa Miller and Prashanth Sellathurai of Australia, Joceyln Hunt of Great Britain and Madeleine Gardiner and Christine (Peng Peng) Lee of Canada. The Couch Gymnast has a great preview of the gymnasts above and more who are competing this week. View a list of all gymnasts competing here.
Hosts Qatar have six gymnasts competing, two WAG (Aljazy Al-Habshi & Shaden Wohdan) and four MAG (Nasser Alhamad, Mahmood Alsadi, Ahmed Aldayan and Malek Alyahri). Mohammed Al Jaber, Secretary-General, QGF, said:
“Qatar will have two girls and four boys competing in the championship. They have been in training for quite some time now. We hope this event will give them a good opportunity to show how well they can do against the world’s best,”.
Gymnasts Aljazy Al- Habshi and Nasser Al Hamad hope to compete well:
“I hope I can do well in this championship. We are preparing ourselves for the Pan Arab Games (to be held in Doha later this year). I have trained well.” – Al – Habshi
“I was injured for a little over six weeks but now I am fully fit. I am a regular at gymnastics championships. Hopefully i can do well. World class gymnasts will be in Doha and this is a good opportunity for all of us.” - Nasser Al Hamad
Best of luck to all gymnasts competing in the event.