Buenos Aires, The players of team Qatar intensified their training sessions in preparation for the third Youth Olympic Games to begin on Saturday in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.
Young Qatari swimmer Yaqoub al-Khulaifi has been given the honour of carrying the Qatari flag during the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games. The 17-year-old qualified for the event on the basis of his strong performances at the Sarajevo International Swimming Championships in Bosnia and Herzegovina this year where he won the 50m butterfly gold and a silver in the 200m freestyle. He also clocked good times during the recent FINA World Cup in Doha.
Over 4,000 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees are competing in the Youth Olympic Games being held for the third time.
Athletes representing Qatar are hurdler Awab Baro, discus thrower Ahmed al-Haj, swimmers Abdul Aziz Mohamed and Yacoub al-Khulaifi and Equestrian player Mohamed al-Kashouti. In the previous participation in China, 23 athletes represented Qatar in handball, equestrian, shooting, swimming, table tennis as well as athletics. The first edition of the Games, which was held in Singapore eight years ago, saw the participation of six Qatari athletes.
Source: Qatar Olympic Committee