Sport in Qatar

Qatar's sports culture combines with the traditional sports of Arabia's desert society and the modern western sports.

Traditional sports in Qatar include Arabian horse racing, camel racing, and falconry, which were all rooted in the country's nomadic past. Contemporary western sports such as basketball, golf, swimming, football (soccer), table tennis, and volleyball are widely played. However, football overwhelmingly became the most popular sports by the expatriate population.

Due to the influence of these western sports, this makes football as the most popular and most played sport in Qatar. One notable football players in Qatar is Mansour Muftah Faraj Al-Abdullah. He was the top scorer in the Qatar Stars League a record 4 times, as well as being the top scorer for the Qatar national team till this day with 53 goals.

The 15th Asian Games is Asia's Olympic-style sporting event that was held in Doha, Qatar in the Khalifa International Stadium last December 2006. Doha was the first city in its region and only the second in West Asia (following Tehran in 1974) to host the Games. It was the first time that all 45 member nations of the Olympic Council of Asia took part in this sporting event. Eurosport broadcasted the event, marking the first time that the European continent could watch this Asian sporting event.

Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to Qatar. Football is clearly the most popular sport in Qatar, and has been given a even greater boost with the country being awarded the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Popular sports of Qatar

Traditional Sports

Qatar's Sporting Success

Athletes from Qatar

Qatar Sports trivia

Qatar at major events

Past sporting events hosted in Qatar

Upcoming sporting events in Qatar

Annual sporting events held in Qatar

Sporting Facilities in Qatar

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