Motor sport

QMMF welcomes motorsport family to Doha

Nasser bin Khalifa Al Attiyah, QMMF Chairman and FIA Cross-Country Commission Chairman, is seen with FIA President Jean Todt, Dr Mohammed Ben Sulayem (FIA Vice President, and a crowd of other senior officials on the first day of the two-day MENA and ASN Assembly in Doha yesterday.

DOHA: FIA President Jean Todt, FIA Vice-President Dr Mohammed Ben Sulayem and a host of other senior officials yesterday joined Qatari Nasser bin Khalifa Al Attiyah, QMMF Chairman and President from the FIA’s Cross-Country Commission, to discuss the future of offshore motorsport – various discussions.

Organized by the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF), the MENA and ASN assembly at the Radisson Blu Hotel attracted officials from 22 countries to discuss the future of the sport in these regions.

The participating countries are Algeria, Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

One of the objectives of this assembly is to increase the number of competitors in the region and the number of motorsport events.

“In order to achieve this, we plan to be aggressive in promoting and developing the sport domestically,” a QMMF statement said yesterday.

Training of officials will also be highlighted, the statement added.

QMMF Chairman Al Attiyah said, “We are very happy to have this high-level gathering of senior officials. This is the first time that we have hosted a MENA and ASN assembly in Doha. The increase in the number of participating officials indicates the intensity of our discussions.

He added: “This gathering will help us promote and increase the number of motorsport events and activities in the region.”