Qatar Olympic Committee celebrates its 40th Anniversary on March 14

Doha, The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) is celebrating its 40th anniversary on March 14.

The anniversary coincides with the decision to form the committee on March 14 of 1979 under the chairmanship of HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al-Thani and membership of the presidents of the sports federations. The organizational and supervisory bodies of Qatar Sports have passed several formations since the 1950s, under the chairmanship of the Minister of Education then HE Sheikh Qassem Bin Hamad Al-Thani, until the first Board of Directors was established under the chairmanship of HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

The beginnings of the sports movement in Qatar and football in particular date back to the late 1940s. It all started with emergence of oil exploration companies in the country, where its foreign employees from Asians, Europeans and others practiced many forms of sports activity that were not common to citizens such as football Cricket, tennis, golf, etc.

This new activity attracted the attention of the population and their passion for these sports and football in particular. At first, they took the foreigners to play and then moved to their neighborhoods (Al Furjan) and gradually became their local teams and took Aaron among themselves and soon those teams that turned out to sports clubs. In the absence of the sports federations, neighborhood teams (Al Furjan) organized football matches between each other and the winner would get a cup. In 1963, the first official league was launched.

Sports clubs in Qatar have been established and established over the past 30 years (1950-1980). These clubs participated during the 30 years in the various sports activities that were held under the auspices of the sports federations and the Qatar Olympic Committee when they appeared. These clubs and teams had a prominent and important role in publishing Sport, prosperity and development in that period of time.

The emergence and development of sports in the fifties and sixties of this century and the enthusiasm and collective and individual initiatives led to the flourishing of the sport movement and its steady growth even in the absence of modern regulatory bodies and institutions. This development should have been accompanied by the development and growth of football stadiums, Clubs, and from these old stadiums have been lost and faded away, including the effects of the history of football in Qatar, such as: Dukhan City Stadium, Mesaieed Stadium, Gulf Club Stadium, Shell Old Stadium, Shell Stadium and High School Stadium (Doha Stadium currently).

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee