Novak Djokovic Forced to Withdraw from French Open with Knee Injury

Paris, Defending champion Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the French Open due to a knee injury.

The world number one suffered the injury to his right knee during his five-set win over Francisco Cerundolo on Monday.

Djokovic revealed after the match that he would undergo a scan on Tuesday to determine whether he would be able to continue at the tournament. The MRI scan has subsequently shown the 37-year-old tore the medial meniscus in his right knee, forcing him out of the grand slam.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Fifth, Sixth Round of AFC Joint Qualifiers to Take Place June 6, 11

Kuala Lumpur, The Preliminary Joint Qualification, Round 2 for the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027 will conclude in the coming days with Matchdays Five and Six to be played on June 6 and 11.

Six of the slots for the next phase of the FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers were filled after Matchday Four in March, with Australia, Iraq, Islamic Republic of Iran, Qatar, Uzbekistan and United Arab Emirates confirming their spots, which also meant tickets to the AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027 Finals.

That leaves only 12 places available for the third round of the FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers – which will offer eight confirmed spots to the Finals with an additional berth available through a playoff, according to AFC report posted on its website.

Only 12 Asian nations have appeared at the FIFA World Cup Finals but with the continent having a confirmed allocation of eight for the 48-team global showpiece in 2026, the door is open for new faces to take their place among the globe’s best when the
United States, Canada and Mexico co-host the tournament.

Korea Republic are seeking an 11th consecutive and 12th overall appearance at the FIFA World Cup, with Japan – at seven – the second highest team in terms of participation. Australia, Islamic Republic of Iran and Saudi Arabia have featured in the Finals five times each.

The 18 teams who do not advance to the third round of the FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers will instead challenge for the remaining six AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027 places. Joining them in final round of the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers will be Bhutan, Maldives, Laos and the victors from the playoffs between Sri Lanka and Cambodia, Timor-Leste and Mongolia and Brunei Darussalam and Macau.

Four of Asia’s six representatives at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 have already confirmed their third round spots in the 2026 qualifiers, with Korea Republic and Saudi Arabia the odd ones out. Both teams, however, will be confident of confirming their tickets over the next two matchdays. Asia’s other r
epresentatives at the 2022 Finals were Australia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan and hosts Qatar.

Qatar (Group A), Japan (Group B), Iraq (Group F), United Arab Emirates (Group H) and Australia (Group I) will head into the final two matchdays determined to maintain their perfect records, having each won their previous four matches.

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Qatari Beach Volleyball Team Ranks 15th in FIVB World Ranking

Lausanne, The Qatari men’s beach volleyball team (Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan) ranked 15th in the Federation Internationale de Volleyball’s (FIVB) World Ranking revealed Monday.

During their latest participation in world championships and tours during the past period, the Qatari team managed to garner 5,800 points in total.

The Swedish team (David Ahman and Jonatan Hellvig) top the FIVB World Ranking with 8,140 points, followed in second place by the Brazilian team (George Wanderley and Andre Stein) with 7,640 points.

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Kuwait Disabled Sports Club qualify for semi-final West Asai clubs championship

AMMAN, Kuwait Disabled Sports Club of wheelchair basketball have cruised into the semi-final of the 8th future generation championship of West Asia clubs currently held in Jordan’s capital, Amman, and will last until June 7.

The team defeated Tuesday their UAE’s rivals, Khorfakkan Club for the Disabled, 68-38 to top the group in the tourney featuring seven clubs.

Speaking to KUNA, Shafi Al-Hajri, head of the club, said the Kuwaiti team deserve this qualification as the players have performed well.

The team will meet Wednesday, tomorrow, the second position in the other group, he noted, stressing that Kuwaiti players would do their best in this game to qualify for the final.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

LIC Launches New F1 QatarGP Brand Campaign

Doha: Lusail International Circuit (LIC) launched a brand campaign for the new Formula 1 Qatar Airways Qatar Grand Prix 2024 race. The event will take place from November 29 to December 1 under the slogan “Where Hearts Are Racing.” As part of the 2024 season build up, LIC’s new QatarGP brand campaign was unveiled to audiences Monday.

Together they enjoyed a first-look at exciting new visuals, along with the Formula 1 Qatar Airways Qatar Grand Prix 2024’s campaign platform ‘Where Hearts Are Racing’ – further evidence of how motorsport has become deeply ingrained into Qatari society and LIC’s mission to empower and excite fans and families through showcasing the stories and action that Formula 1, Formula 2, and F1 Academy has to offer.

Amro Al Hamad, Executive Director of Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation and CEO of LIC, said, “At LIC, we are dedicated to delivering a world-class experience for all our fans and participants. LIC has established itself as a world-class hub of motorsports, hosting a range o
f premier motorsport events while providing state-of-the-art facilities for spectators and fans alike. With that in mind, the Formula 1 Sprint Race will be returning this year, and with the introduction of the F1 Academy and FIA Formula 2, we are poised to deliver an unforgettable experience. Our landmark ten-year agreement ensures that LIC will continue to be a premier destination for motorsport and F1 enthusiasts for years to come.” He further commented, “Ticket sales are going very strong, and we have a limited number of tickets available in some categories. I encourage all fans to secure their tickets and enjoy the event. We look forward to welcoming fans from around the world to experience the excitement and passion that define racing at LIC.” Additionally, Fatima Al Qaedi, Marketing and Communication Manager at LIC, added “As we approach the Formula 1 Qatar Airways Qatar Grand Prix 2024, we are thrilled to unveil our new QatarGP campaign, ‘Where hearts are racing.’ The campaign aims to create a platform
that connects the emotions of drivers with those of the fans attending the QatarGP and to tell the stories that focus on the exceptional event experiences happening both on and off the track at LIC.

It seeks to create emotional connections and long-lasting memories through the experiences felt at Lusail International Circuit during race weekend, whether you’re a driver winning a race, a fan watching F1 live for the first time, getting an autograph from a racing hero, being inspired by future stars on the track, enjoying music and entertainment, or just soaking up the electric atmosphere at our venue.” Dr. Buthaina Al Janahi, Head of Communication at Qatar Tourism: “I am pleased to witness the unveiling of Lusail International Circuit’s new visuals for QatarGP, the most prominent round of the most famous global championship in car racing, along with the inspired Formula 1TM Qatar Airways Grand Prix 2024 campaign platform ‘Where hearts are racing’. The launch of the anticipated championship in Qatar affirms th
at tourism and sports represent two vital pillars for diversifying the nation’s economy and supporting sustainable development in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.” She added, “There is no doubt that hosting major tournaments contributes to familiarizing visitors with our cultural heritage, identity and authentic values. At Qatar, we welcome racing fans who will flock to Qatar to attend the Formula 1 Qatar Airways Grand Prix 2024, we are confident that they will enjoy a rounded tourism experience with the events and offers provided by Qatar Tourism across Qatar’s calendar of events, making Qatar an attractive tourist destination for visitors throughout the year.”

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Real Madrid Announce Signing of Mbappe

Real Madrid have confirmed the signing of World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe on a five-year deal.

The France striker will officially join the 15-time European champions on July 1, the day after his contract with Paris St Germain expires.

Mbappe, 25, announced earlier this year he would leave PSG this summer.

A statement from the Spanish club read: “Real Madrid and Kylian Mbappe have reached an agreement for him to be a Real Madrid player for the next five seasons.” Mbappe is currently with the France squad preparing for Euro 2024 and will formally link up with Real after his involvement in the tournament ends.

He will join a club on a high after they captured their record-extending 15th European title with a victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final on Saturday. This came after they secured the La Liga crown last month. The transfer comes six years after Mbappe joined PSG from Monaco.

He won six Ligue 1 titles with PSG and scored 256 goals in 308 appearances for the club. He also won the F
rench Cup four times. .

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Qatari National Team Loses First Match in Asian Volleyball Challenge Cup

The Qatari volleyball team lost to their South Korean counterparts by 2-3 on Monday at the beginning of Group C matches of the Asian Men’s Volleyball Challenge Cup, currently being held in Bahrain, and continues until June 10, qualifying for the World Challenge Cup.

The match was strong between the two teams and lasted for five rounds.

The Qatari team lost first set by 16-25, then won the second by 25-19, and lost in the third game by 16-25, then came back to win the fourth by 25-22. The score was equalized by two sets each, extending the match to the fifth game, which won by the Korean team 20-18.

The Qatari national team will play on Tuesday its second match in the tournament against the Indonesian national team.

The Qatari national team participating in the tournament includes 14 players, led by Argentine coach Camilo Soto.

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QSFA Unveils Details of East to West Ultramarathon 2024

Doha: Qatar Sports For All Federation (QSFA) on Monday announced the details of Qatar East to West Ultramarathon 2024, in collaboration with Qatar’s athletics team.

The event is an international race that extends from Doha corniche, Sheraton Hotel to Dukhan Beach, at a distance of 90 km.

This came during a press conference held at Lusail Multipurpose Hall and set Dec.13 as the date for Ultramarathon 2024. The event offers an opportunity for all people from both genders whose age is over 18 to participate.

QSFA Director of Events and Activities Abdullah Al Dosari affirmed that the 2024 edition is distinguished considering the huge turnout that has been rising in crescendo on yearly basis, emphasizing that the previous edition drew roughly 1000 participants from both genders from 73 nationalities, of whom 733 men and 267 women from all nationalities.

Al Dosari highlighted that Ultramarathon is a major event organized by QSFA throughout the year and draws 29 runners in collaboration with many bodies in the c
ountry, stating that Ultramarathon is characterized by a record distance of 90 km, and it was originally a small project among young runners.

He added that in the coming period partners of the event, along with all details about the prizes for winners will be announced through QSFA application, indicating that the registration period will extend for six months to offer the opportunities for runners to be ready in a better way.

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President of KFA to QNA: Preparations for Gulf 26 in Progress

Doha: President of Kuwait Football Association (KFA) Abdullah Ahmad Al Shaheen affirmed that the preparations to host the Arabian Gulf Cup (Gulf 26), which will be held from Dec. 21, 2024 until Jan. 3, 2025, are proceeding regularly in light of the unification of all efforts under the leadership of Kuwaiti Minister of State for Youth Affairs Dr. Amthal Al Huwailah, in addition to the permanent and fruitful cooperation and coordination between the Sports Authority and KFA.

In an interview with Qatar News Agency , President of KFA said that everyone in Kuwait is seeking to accomplish all organizational matters, in light of the unlimited support of HH Amir of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

Gulf 26 tournament will represent a new starting point for Kuwaiti sports, which has overcome many difficulties in the past to witness stability at all levels, which paves the way to optimism towards a prosperous future, Al Shaheen added.

In regard to the progress overgone by stadiums that wil
l host this significant event, President of KFA revealed that after approving Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium and Al Salibikhaet Stadium to host Gulf 26, the work in progress has not stopped, especially in Al Salibikhaet Stadium, to address some technical observations within a specific time frame agreed upon with the Gulf Union delegation, which visited the state of Kuwait on various occasions.

He pointed out that constant communication has been taking place between KFA and the Arabian Gulf Cup Football Federation under the presidency of HE Minister of Sports and Youth and President of the Gulf Federation Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Thani, regarding many matters related to hosting the tournament.

Al Shaheen commended the close relations between KFA and its Qatari counterpart, adding that many points of view and opinions are heard on various topics related to football, as well as constructive cooperation at all levels, whether through exchanging experiences or seeking help from referees of bot
h sides.

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Italy, Portugal Qualify to UEFA European U17 Championship Finale

The Italian and Portuguese U-17 national football teams qualified for the final match of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) European Under-17 Championship 2024, held in Cyprus.

This comes after that Italy defeated Denmark with a clean goal scored by AS Rom U17 player Federico Coletta, thus, leading Italy to the finale for the 4th time in its history.

Portugal, on the other hand, secured its position at the finale after defeating Serbia 3-2 earlier today.

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FIBA Asia Praises Doha’s Organization of West Asia Super League

Doha: June 02 – The Asian basketball federation (FIBA Asia) praised the successful organization of the second edition of the FIBA West Asia Super League (WASL) Final 8 by the Qatar Basketball Federation, which was held for the first time in Doha and concluded Saturday.

In a statement Sunday, FIBA Asia commended the outstanding organizational efforts made by the Qatari federation, which contributed to the success of the championship on all levels, including the technical, logistical, and marketing aspects, thereby enhancing Qatar’s position as a capable sports destination capable of successfully hosting major sporting events.

The tournament saw the participation of eight teams, including: Al Riyadi Beirut and Sagesse SC from Lebanon, Manama from Bahrain, BC Astana from Kazakhstan (Central Asia), Kuwait SC and Kazma SC from Kuwait, Shahrdari Gorgan from Iran, and Tamil Nadu from India (South Asia).

Al Riyadi emerged as champions of the FIBA West Asia Super League 2024 following an 100-90 overtime win over Sa
gesse in the final on Saturday night at the Lusail Multipurpose Hall.

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QSFA Wraps Up Katara Dash Race in Katara Hills

Doha: The Qatar Sports For All Federation (QSFA) concluded the Katara Dash Race held at Katara Hills, amidst a distinguished participation of all age groups.

330 participants took part in the race, among them 188 Qatari male and female runners.

QSFA Director of Events and Activities Abdullah Al Dosari said that through organizing such races, QSFA aims to create a suitable environment for all to engage in sports, expand the reach of sporting competitions, and promote a sports culture and an active lifestyle, in addition to enabling the youth to develop their athletic abilities.

Al Dosari expressed his happiness with the large turnout of Qataris in all QSFA races and their remarkable records, which comes to show their interest in sports and physical activities.

The QSFA Director of Events and Activities said that the federation holds its races across the country, including at Sealine in the south, Fuwairit in the north, and the Theeb run in the west. He added that the federation does so, in order to introd
uce participants to Qatar’s many landscapes, its sea, desert, natural reserves, and cultural sites.

The 2.5-kilometer dash for boys aged 6-10, saw Abdullah Mohammed win the first place, while Abdullah Shareef came in second, followed by Abdulrahman Al Kuwari in third.

As for those aged 11-16, Walid Al Ibrahim came in first, followed by Abdulaziz Al Kuwari in second place.

The open category saw Abdulaziz Al Ghamdi secured first place, while Ahmed Al Muhannadi topped the Masters category.

As for the girls’ dash for ages 6-10, the first place was won by Yara Mansour, while Hasa Mohammed came in second place, and Hasa Nasser Al Muhannadi secured the third place.

The 11-16 age range saw Aisha Khaled Al Obaidli claim first place, followed by Heba Mohammed Ibrahim in second, and Maryam Ramadan in third.

The women’s open category was won by Aliya Al Hamad, while Franciseniel Caparros won the masters category.

On the other hand, the 5-kilometer race was filled with competitiveness and enthusiasm, showcasing rem
arkable physical strength and endurance, during which Abdulaziz Ahenda won first place in the men’s open, followed by Abdulwahab Osman in second place, and Abdulaziz Al Obaidli in third.

Ahmed Al Muhannadi topped the Masters category, followed by Ahmed Al Naimi in second place, and Ali Al Bouainain in third.

As for the women’s open, Amani Saud came in first, followed by Aziza Rateb in second place, and followed by Beha Rubin in third place.

The women’s Masters was claimed by Amra Myusik in first place, followed by Annalyn Baptista in second place, and Gina Gooder in third place.

Source: Qatar News Agency