I wonder if anyone in the local blogosphere has written about the recent Asian Games that took place in Doha earlier this month. The Qataris have managed to organize a really great sports event, and they are already talking about bidding to host FIFA World Cup in 2018. I don’t have much to say about the Asian Games: the Sydney-esque opening ceremony was spectacular, and I enjoyed watching some of the competitions.
I just wanted to point to this report by Chris Turner for the IAAF about Saudi athletes. He compares our homegrown talents who won 9 gold medals in the Asiads to the imported athletes of Bahrain and Qatar, and he thinks they may have the potential to compete in World Championships and the Olympics Games.