22 universities will participate in the 9th GCC Sports Tournament

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Dr Maryam Al Mannai

Doha: The Organizing Committee of the Ninth Edition of the GCC Sports Tournament for Universities and Higher Education Institutes, led by Dr. Maryam bint Hamad Al Mannai, Vice President of Student Affairs at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) and Chair of the Tournament Committee, announced that 22 universities and educational institutes from across the GCC have confirmed their participation.

The tournament is scheduled for February 4-10, 2023.

During the first phase of registration, from October 20 to November 1, reserved for early registrations, the organizing committee received applications via online application forms and priority was given to universities that expressed interest in participating. .

Three universities in Qatar have confirmed their participation, including tournament host HBKU, Qatar University (QU) and Doha University for Science and Technology (UDST). Throughout the region, the University of the United Arab Emirates will participate; thirteen registered universities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals; the Islamic University of Madinah; University of Taif; Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University; Taibah University; King Khalid University; King Abdulaziz University; King Faisal University; Kassim University; Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University; Jouf University; University of Jeddah, Majmaah University and Saudi Electronic University. From Kuwait, Kuwait University and the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training have confirmed their participation, as well as Sultan Qaboos University of Oman and the University of Technology and Applied Sciences.

The registration of universities in each game was executed based on the interests of the participating entities. Twelve universities have registered to compete in padel and volleyball; 13 for football; 14 in swimming and table tennis and 18 university students will compete in athletics (track running).

The second phase of registration started on November 1 and will continue until November 21. At this stage, the names of the participants for each sport will be registered in addition to the accompanying delegations, limited to 50 people per delegation in total.

In football, the number of players authorized per team will be a minimum of nine and a maximum of 18 players, in addition to a coach. In table tennis, between 6 and 12 are allowed, in addition to a coach. For swimming and athletics, there will be a minimum of four and a maximum of 16 participants, plus a coach. In padel and table tennis, between three and five players are allowed, in addition to a coach. The administrative delegation must include up to two administrators, in addition to a head of delegation.

Commenting on the registration process, Dr. Al Mannai said, “We are delighted with the great participation of universities and higher education institutes from GCC countries to participate in the ninth edition of the tournament.

“A record number of 22 universities and institutes registered. This indicates that the upcoming edition will be technically exceptional in every way. These entities will participate in six matches, including padel, swimming, volleyball, table tennis, football and athletics.

Dr Al Mannai added: “We hope everyone will enjoy a special atmosphere. We will do our best to organize the tournament in the best way. This huge gathering of youngsters in the GCC region is one of the biggest gains Qatar and HBKU could make by hosting this tournament.

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