Doha, 29 November 2016 - QNB, the leading financial institution in the Middle East and Africa, has announced its official sponsorship of the second World Bowling Singles Championships, which will be held at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha from 2 to 9 December 2016.
The event, which is split up into two separate tournaments, one for men and one for women, is held every four years. The first World Bowling Singles Championships were held in 2012 in Cyprus, with Tokyo set to host the third edition of this championship in 2020.
Commenting on the importance of this event, Mr. Abdulsalam Abbas, President of the Arab and Qatari Bowling Federations and Deputy Chairman of the tournament’s supreme organizing committee, said: “Qatar was chosen to host of the second edition of this important event because of the success achieved by the Qatar Bowling Federation in hosting international tournaments, particularly the H.H the Emir Cup and the Qatar International Open Bowling Championships, both major international events.
Meanwhile, commenting QNB’s sponsorship of the tournament, Mr. Salman Abdulghani, Chairman of the tournament’s supreme organizing committee and Honorary President of the Qatar Bowling Federation, said: “We at the Qatar Bowling Federation are proud of the participation of a leading institution like QNB as an official sponsor, in order to contribute to the success of this event which will see the participation of more than 137 players from over 50 countries.”
For his part, Mr. Yousef Darwish, General Manager – QNB Group Communications, said: “We are pleased to participate in this international sporting event as part of QNB Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, highlighting the Group’s keenness on giving back to society and promoting the development of sport across its international network of operations.”
The Qatar Bowling Center, the event's venue, is one of the famous destinations in the country, as it features over 32 bowling lanes, and is considered the main venue of this sport.
The Bank’s support for sport in Qatar includes both local and international sporting events. Efforts are focused on driving interest, awareness and participation in traditional sports as well as promoting the major popular sports of the country: football, basketball, handball, and volleyball.
QNB Group is present, through its subsidiaries and associate companies, in more than 30 countries across three continents providing a comprehensive range of products and services. QNB Group staff exceeds 27,300, operating through 1,200 locations and 4,300 ATMs.