The international Artistic Gymnastics World Championship wrapped up this weekend in Doha. The competition, organized by the International Gymnastics Federation, garnered special attention this year as Simone Biles became the first American to win a medal at every Championship event as well as the most decorated female gymnast in history. Her record-breaking performance came after a 14-month hiatus from sport and only a week after her hospitalization with kidney stones.
It is fitting that Simone Biles would make history for gymnasts and female athletes in Qatar, a country that has made profound strides in female participation in sports in the last two decades. In 1998, the Qatar Athletics Federation hosted the first women’s sporting event in Qatar. Sheikha Moza founded the Qatar Women Sports Committee in 2000, and in 2012 Qatar proudly sent women to participate in the Olympics for the first time – with female shooting competitor Bahiya Al Hamad carrying the nation’s torch.
Qatar is a proud participant and host in international sporting competitions. Previously, Qatar has hosted the Asian Games in 2006 and in 2022 Qatar will host the World Cup.
(Image Source: World Gym Doha 2018)