THE season-opening Qatar Volleyball Association (QVA) Cup, which begins on October 3, will be a keenly-contested affair this year.
The tournament has generally been a low-key event as most of the Qatar internationals have been giving it a miss. But with Qatar pulling out of the Asian Volleyball Confederation Cup, the national players will consider the event as an ideal way to get into the match groove.
Holders El Jaish have an impeccable record in the tournament, having won three of the four editions held so far (2012, 2013 and 2015).
Al Arabi ended their quest for a hat-trick of titles in 2014 and would be keen to retain the crown.
Arabi begin their campaign against Qatar SC on the opening day while champions Jaish take on Al Khor the following day.
The tournament will conclude on October 12.