Qatar to send first woman to Olympics


Nada Arkaji is set to be the first female swimmer to represent her country Qatar at the Olympic Games in London.

She will join other female hopefuls wanting to represent Qatar at the games this summer.

"I am so proud that I am the only swimmer to represent my country and I hope I will achieve good results. I do encourage girls to carry on with any sports activity, especially swimming."

She has been training in preparation for the games in July six days a week at the Olympic pool in Qatar's capital city, Doha.

"I train every day for two hours except for Friday. My parents, my school and my coach have been very encouraging and hopefully I will win in the long run. I have great ambitions and am very excited to train every day."

The 17-year-old swimmer is part of Qatar's 2020 Olympic bid team, and was present upon submitting the country's candidacy to the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland.

"I feel Qatar is giving numerous opportunities for athletes; students are very excited about sports and are doing so much in this field."

The IOC handed Qatar two wild-cards for female athletes which made Arkaji, and sprinter Noor al-Malki eligible for London.

Arkaji is taking this opportunity to focus on training and not bringing home a medal.

Qatar has high aspirations in hosting a future Olympic Games, and is planning to construct a high-performance training facility in Doha especially for female athletes.