Qatar confirms sending third female athlete to London Olympics 2012

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Bahia Al Hamad, 2nd left, at a medals ceremony during 2011 Arab Games. Photo - Qatar Olympic Committee

Qatar Olympic Committee confirmed on Sunday it is sending air rifle shooter Bahia Al-Hamad to compete at the London Olympics.

Al-Hamad, 19, is the third woman of the Qatari contingent and will compete in the 10 metres competition. She won a silver medal in the team event at the Arab shooting championships last month.

She was also her country’s most successful athlete at the 2011 Arab Games in Doha with three gold medals and two silver.

“We are absolutely delighted that we have been able to secure another place for one of our young female athletes at London 2012,” Qatar Olympic Committee general secretary Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said in a statement.

“We are grateful to the IOC (International Olympic Committee) for their support in helping make this happen.”

The other two women are swimmer Mohammed Wafa Arakji and 100 and 200 metres sprinter Noor Al-Malki in the Qatar team.

“Athletes like Bahia, Nada and Noor will also provide inspiration to the next generation of female Qatari sportswomen.”

Qatar is bidding to host the 2020 Games, along with Madrid, Tokyo, Istanbul and Azerbaijani capital Baku.

Source: Reuters

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