Doha: Qatar’s Ahmed Tijan and Abdullah Nasim saw off a strong Omani challenge to emerge champions in the West Asia Beach Volleyball Zonal Tour at the Aspire courts on Monday.
Ahmed and Nasim scored a 21-19, 21-19 win over Haitham Al Sharqi and Mazen Al Hashemi in a hard-fought final. The Oman players came up with a skillful display, catching even Ahmed off guard at times. They waged a tough battle but Ahmed’s experience and Nasim’s solid display helped the hosts wriggle out of tight situations.
Whenever the Qatari duo hit a nice rhythm, Ahmed’s thunderous smashes and Nasim’s solid play at the net were a treat to watch. And they combined well at just the right moments, pulling away to set wins even as their rivals closed in. The victory was the culmination of an impressive run for the host team, who did not drop a set in four matches.
Palestine’s Ibrahim Qassiya and Abdullah Al Arqan finished third with a 21-14, 21-13 win over Syria’s Ibrahim and Yasser.
Ali Ghanem Al Kuwari, President of the West Asia Volleyball Federation and the Qatar Volleyball Association, handed over the trophies. Also present was QVA Beach Volleyball in-charge, Mohamed Salem Al Kuwari.