Boost for sports in Qatar

Boost for sports in Qatar
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Published April 13th, 2017 - 08:57 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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As it is Lekhwiya and El Jaish have been quite dominant on the local scene
As it is Lekhwiya and El Jaish have been quite dominant on the local scene

The decision to merge Lekhwiya and El Jaish clubs into one entity called the Al Duhail Sports Club is undoubtedly a shot in the arm for Qatar as far as sports is concerned.

The merger is expected to take place after the 2016-2017 domestic season ends and would not only help in creating a more competitive domestic sports scene but will also ensure that Qatar has a really strong presence in international competitions, especially in disciplines like football, basketball, athletics and handball.

As it is Lekhwiya and El Jaish have been quite dominant on the local scene, winning several tournaments and also excelling in regional events. Their opponents will now have to deal with a super strong Al Duhail Sports Club and will have to raise their game a few notches if they are to compete at the highest level.

Lekhwiya have been Qatar’s top football side for a few years now. They created history when they won the prestigious Qatar Stars League on their debut in 2010-11. Since then they have gone on to win the tournament four more times, including this season under the guidance of coach Djamel Belmadi.

They are also doing well in the lucrative Asian Champions League in which they currently top their group and look set to qualify for the knockouts. El Jaish, too, have been among the top football teams in Qatar over the past few years although they were unlucky not to win the league on a couple of occasions.

No official reason has been given for the merger, but whatever it is, in the end it would only prove beneficial for Qatar.

© Gulf Times Newspaper 2017

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