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Qatar aiming to increase MotoGP appeal

Qatar aiming to increase MotoGP appeal

Qatar aiming to increase MotoGP appeal

The president of the Qatar Motorcycling Federation, Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Attiyah, accompanied by Board Member and Assistant General Secretary, Mohammed Saad Al Marrikhi, have given a press conference at the Losail circuit outlining the activities carried out by the country's sporting institutions to promote MotoGP in the Arabic state.

The president was quick to outline the pride and excitement Qatar had at hosting a MotoGP race for the second year running.

As a committed motorcycling fan, Al-Attiyah confirmed that the federation wanted to set-up more activities related to the sport in his country. It's for that reason that he wants Qatar to be granted wild cards for the World Championship and also wants to set up a racing academy in the country to help the progression of young riders. He pointed to Qatar's two representatives in the Spain's CEV Buckler championship as good examples of the potential there is in the Gulf state.

Another of his objectives is to increase the number of MotoGP fans in a country where the most popular sports are currently football, golf, camel racing and rallying – another sport that Al-Attiyah practices. Amongst the future projects that the federation has to this end is the improvement of facilities at Losail, including the construction of hotels around the circuit.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, MARLBORO GRAND PRIX OF QATAR

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