Fahad Al Mohammed has said the Qatari triathletes are looking forward to competing at this week’s QNB Asia Triathlon Cup, Doha 2021 which kicks off at the Lusail Marina tomorrow.
In a Q&A session, Mohammed said Qatari athletes have been in training since August for the home event. He will be joined by Ebrahim Alromaihi, Saad Almejali, Mubarak Alajji and Eid Al Bordaini in the Qatar squad.
Q: Tell us about your preparation for the Elite competition this week?
A: We attended a training camp in Slovenia in August. We are very excited looking at this event. After we wrapped up the camp, we headed back and then trained in Qatar with my coach. We have been attending four to five training sessions in Qatar every week. We have also been training individually. So that’s how we have prepared.
Q: What do you think about the level of competition in Doha?
A: You know the level of competition is very high. We are not elite class like the athletes who are present here but we are trying to be like them. But we are confident that we will give our best. We will learn as we go and try to do well.
Q: Where did you train in the summer?
A: We had a training camp in Novo Mesto in Slovenia. An amazing, beautiful country for cycling especially. We had extensive sessions in running, cycling and swimming. We were there for three weeks,
Q: What are your long-term goals? Would you be looking at the Asian Games in 2022?
A: Yes, God Willing, we are working on that. We want to participate in Asian Games and other GCC events or international meets. We are training with that in mind.
Q: What’s your take on the increase in the number of Qatari athletes?
A: Yes, it is very encouraging to see more and more athletes from Qatar taking active part in triathlon events. The numbers are increasing over time. We encourage other young Qatari athletes or youngsters to come forward and be part of this sport.
Q: What are the other events you have featured in recent times?
A: I participated in an ANOC event. It was a duathlon - running and cycling. And there was another continental cup in Egypt where I did well.