Qatar has been named as the host nation of the next three editions of the annual International Federation of Modern Pentathlon (UIPM) Champion of Champions event.
The tournament, first hosted by Doha in 2013, will see the top 36 UIPM ranked athletes compete for one day in the Qatari capital to claim the crown for the best male and female modern pentathletes in the world.
The agreement, signed by Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) secretary general Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatar Modern Pentathlon Federation (QMPF) President Fahad Saad Al Qahtani and the UIPM President Klaus Schormann, means the 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions will be held in November.
"We are delighted that our Champion of Champions event will be hosted in Qatar for the next three years," Schormann said.
"We were extremely impressed by Qatar's hosting of the event in 2013 and our athletes excelled in Qatar's outstanding facilities.
"Qatar is a fantastic destination for sports events and we are very proud that this event will inspire the development of a new generation of modern pentathletes in the region and to the growth of our sport across the Middle East.
"Modern pentathlon was created by the founder of the Olympic Movement, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, and promotes education through sport.
"There is no better sport to develop the youth of today and we look forward to working closely with the Qatar Olympic Committee and Qatar Modern Pentathlon Federation to create an exciting future for our sport."
The hosting rights for the UIPM Champion of Champions is just the latest major international sports event to be awarded to Qatar, with the nation having just staged the Men's World Handball Championships earlier this year.
It is also due to host the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world in 2022 - the FIFA World Cup - as well as a number of other tournaments in the years leading up to it.
Sheikh Saoud said it is an honour to add modern pentathlon to the list.
"We are delighted to have signed this agreement to host the 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions of the Champion of Champions event in Doha," he added.
"The 2013 event was the first modern pentathlon event ever to be hosted in Doha and it was a huge success.
"We are excited that we now have a fantastic opportunity to build on this success and it will be an honour to work closely with the International Federation of Modern Pentathlon to showcase this Olympic sport in Qatar and across the whole of the Middle East, and assist with its global development.
"Doha has become a true global sports hub thanks to its hosting of a multitude of world-class sports events, which include the 2014 FINA (International Aquatics Federation) World Swimming Championships, 2015 World Championships in Handball, Boxing and IPC (International Paralympic Committee) Athletics, as well as the 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships and 2019 IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) World Championships in Athletics."
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