Doha: The Qatar Cycling and Triathlon Federation (QCTF) President Dr Mohammed Al Kuwari took part in the Ironman Triathlon 70.3 race in Antalya, Turkey, last week.
The 35-year-old, perhaps, is one of the very few sports federation heads who actively takes part in competitions, and has become a role model for the sport in the country.
“I love endurance where one can challenge his or her limits. It was a great feeling and experience to run in the middle of the nature. It was difficult, but was worth,” Al Kuwari told www.dohastadiumplus.com.
He finished with a total time of 7:16:20secs covering swimming, bike race and running to finish 615 in a field of more than 1000 participants.
Surgeon by profession, Al Kuwari, who was elected as QCTF head early this year, is a bariatric specialist at the Al Emadi Hospital.
Along with his twin brother Dr Abdulaziz, they are keen on promoting a healthy lifestyle through the sport.
“We want to concentrate and popularise local competitions. I want to see more amateur tournaments. It’ll help to develop the sports culture,” he said.
Asked if Qatar will host an Ironman competition, Al Kuwari said, “I would love to have one here sometime in future.”
The QCTF had started ‘Women on Wheels’ programme at the Losail International Circuit early this year to encourage lady riders.
Besides, the annual Royal Air Maroc league and Doha Triathlon were also started under his leadership to popularise cycling.
“We’ve already kick-started our journey. I want to see cycling competing with football,” he added.