Doha the home for the Qatar Open in 2011 and also for the inaugural Peace and Sport Cup
Photo By: Adel Hakouz
2011 Qatar Peace and Sport Cup (Click here to access this section)
The Peace and Sport Table Tennis Cup, an historic table tennis tournament aimed at encouraging dialogue and good relations between nations, will take place in Doha, Qatar on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd November 2011.
Based on “Ping Pong Diplomacy”, the famous event that provided the catalyst for better US-China relations back in 1972, the Peace and Sport Table Tennis Cup aims to use the power and core values of sport as a driving force to promote peace and unity.
Organized by the Qatar Table Tennis Association with the support of the Qatar Olympic Committee, under the leadership of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and the guidance of Peace and Sport, the event will see elite players compete over two days before an audience of key government officials and diplomats from 10 competing nations. In the doubles events, partnerships will be created with players from different nations symbolizing the unifying objectives of the event.
As Joël Bouzou, President and Founder of Peace and Sport, explains: “Sport goes far beyond competitions and games. Many historic and recent examples demonstrate that it acts as a major political lever that can serve as a mediator in the international diplomatic arena.”
“This is the driving ambition of this tournament which I hope will allow us to reach a stage where we can bury the quarrels of the past, encourage dialogue between certain countries and more globally, promote mutual understanding and peace.”
The ten nations to compete in the first Peace and Sport Table Tennis Cup are: the People’s Republic of China, India, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), the Republic of Korea (South Korea), Pakistan, Qatar, the Russian Federation and the United States of America.