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Dolphy named mascot of World Beach Games

The Games will be held at four locations, starting at the Katara Cultural Village thirty days from today.
Mascot
Dolphy, the mascot of Qatar 2019.
Qoc General Secretary
QOC General Secretary Jassim bin Rashid Al Buenain at the beach soccer draw of the ANOC World Beach Games. Photo: Youssef Shaheen/QOC

The first-ever World Beach Games will take off with a spectacular opening ceremony at the Katara Cultural Village in Doha, thirty days from Thursday.

Marking the occasion, the mascot of the event – a fun-loving dolphin called Dolphy – was unveiled on Wednesday, with the hosts promising a memorable event at four locations in and around Doha from October 12 to 16.

The Games, which will also be known as Qatar 2019, is the brainchild of Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), with Qatar stepping in as hosts at the last minute.

SPORTS AND VENUES AT QATAR 2019

AquathlonKatara Beach
Basketball 3×3Katara Beach
Climbing BoulderingAspire Park
Beach HandballAl Gharafa
Karate Kata IndividualKatara Beach
Kitefoil RacingKatara Beach
SkateboardingAspire Park
Beach SoccerKatara Beach
Open Water 5km SwimmingKatara Beach
Beach TennisKatara Beach
Beach Volleyball 4×4Al Gharafa
WaterskiRitz Carlton Canal
WakeboardRitz Carlton Canal
Beach WrestlingKatara Beach

Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) Secretary General Jassim bin Rashid Al Buenain said, “With the hosting of the World Beach Games Qatar 2019, we are once again demonstrating our readiness to host another world-class event even at short notice.

“Preparations are in top gear and we can’t wait enough to welcome the world to Doha. We believe Qatar 2019 will set a great benchmark for future events”.

Events will be held at Katara Beach, Al Gharafa, Aspire Park and Ritz Carlton canal.

Capturing the spirit of the Games is ‘Dolphy.’ Speaking on the unveiling of the mascot, Sheikha Asma Al Thani, Director of Marketing and Ceremonies for Qatar 2019, said, “Dolphy is the official mascot of the Games and fully embodies the spirit of Qatar 2019 as the Games promise to be not just a competition, but an event designed to provide unparalleled entertainment and fun for the entire family”.

Sheikha Asma described the relevance of Dolphy to Qatar. “By nature, dolphins exhibit temperaments that are associated with kindness and peace and they are driven to make those around them happy by creating a tranquil atmosphere of acceptance.

“These attributes resonate well with us in Qatar and we believe all participants will leave here with lasting memories of this historic event and our great hospitality as well,” she said.

Although the event gets underway from October 12, the opening rounds of a few events will be held on October 11.