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Could the Tour of Qatar return in 2018?

Josh Cunningham
23 Jan 2017

Suggestion from new federation president that the race could be back next year

Mohammed Al-Kuwari, the newly-elected president of the Qatari cycling federation, has made suggestions that the country's home race, the Tour of Qatar, could return to the calendar in 2018 after it was lost due to funding shortages this year. 

'Among the international events that the Federation will organize next year, the most important will be the Tour of Qatar,' he said to the Qatar News Agency, according to AFP. 

Held annually in February the race had been a staple early season fixture on the UCI calendar since its 2002 inception, and since 2012 it has ranked as a .HC event, providing a warm weather environment for riders to rack up some safe racing kilometres before the Spring Classics. The Women's Tour of Qatar was introduced in 2009, and in 2016 the country even hosted the World Championships. However, due to a supposed funding shortage, it was announced that the Tour of Qatar, a race organised by ASO, was to pulled for the 2017 season. 

'During the coming period,' Al-Kuwari said of the race's sabbatical, 'the Federation is planning to organise strong local events in a bid to discover local talents to represent the Qatari national teams.'

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