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The Qatari capital gears up to become the first Middle Eastern city to host the Road World Championships 2016

Over 1,000 cyclists hailing from 75 countries will fight it out against each other at the Road World Championships (RWC) 2016, taking place this month for the first time in Doha, Qatar. Organised by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Doha, the championship, which is slated to take place between October 9-16, will witness the presence of almost 30,000 cycling fans from across the world.

What is RWC?

RWC is an annual event, which the UCI has been organising since 1921. The first edition took place in Denmark. By hosting the UCI RWC in Doha 2016, Qatar will become the first Middle Eastern country and the second Asian country to stage it after Japan in 1990. The air is filled with excitement in the capital in anticipation of the big event. Recently, Sheikh Khalid bin Ali Al Thani, chairman, Local Organising Committee, and children from Doha came together at the Aspire Zone to celebrate the ‘One Month To Go’ countdown event.

What will be unique

As per reports, the organising committee is going all out to make RWC an unforgettable experience for sport lovers. Passing through most famous locations of Doha, the broadcasting will be through very outstanding parkour with the surroundings of the pearl – Qatar, Qatar Foundation, Lusail and AspireZone. “The racers will pass by famous locations such as Education City, which features famous international universities, the Aspire Zone with its iconic sport venues, and the sport complex of Lusail,” Sheikh Khalid was quoted as saying. The Arabian hospitality, windy weather and surroundings will add a different flavour to the championship. Johan Lammerts, Dutch national coach said, “The first 150 kilometres through the desert with crosswinds from all different angles will be tough. The countries with a strong sprinter will probably try to take control, but a lot of other countries like Italy, Belgium and Spain may prefer an open race.”

Emerging sports capital

Qatar has a rich sporting heritage and it’s further positioning itself as one of the world’s premiere sports destinations. Building on the interest generated when it hosted the Asian Games in 2006, the country has gone onto establish itself as a bona fide ‘Land of Sport’, highlighted by the fact that it is playing host to dozens of top-class events every year. In 2010, FIFA selected Qatar to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The UCI World Road Championships 2016 will be one of several international sports events hosted in Qatar this year. Earlier this year, Doha had hosted the World Nine-Ball Pool Championship and coming December it, yet again, will host the World Bowling Championships. Doha has also been selected as host of the 2019 World Athletics Championships.

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