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Qatar slams GCC decision to cancel Gulf volleyball championship

Kids play volleyball at sunset [File photo]
Kids play volleyball at sunset [File photo]

A Qatari official criticised the decision of the sports committee in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to cancel a volleyball game that Qatar was going to host.

Qatar Volleyball Federation President Ali Ghanim Al-Kuwari said: “The federation received a correspondence from the volleyball committee of the Gulf Cooperation Council about the cancellation of all the Gulf championships that were previously scheduled due to the current crisis in the region.”

Al-Kawari explained that Qatar was supposed to host the Gulf youth championship next September, but the decision clearly meant the cancellation of that competition.

The Qatari federation will be taking legal measures in order to preserve its rights, and to prove the damages that occurred as a result of this decision; there are agreements and commitments that the federation had to sign with a number of companies, hotels and institutions in order to organise this championship.

Since 5 June, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have severed ties with Qatar and imposed “punitive measures” on the grounds that it “supports terrorism”; an accusation that Doha denies and says that it has been facing a campaign of “fabricated lies”.

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