Qatar's athletes have begun "intensive" preparations for their home World Beach Games ©QOC

Qatar's athletes have begun "intensive" preparations as the Gulf country aims for a good showing at their home World Beach Games in October.

The Middle Eastern nation stepped in to host the inaugural edition of the Association of National Olympic Committees event at short notice in June after American city San Diego pulled out.

Organisers in California were unable to raise the funds necessary to stage the event and Qatar are now keen for sporting success on home soil.

They will compete in eight sports between October 12 and 16 – 3x3 basketball, beach volleyball, beach handball, karate kata, beach tennis, beach wrestling, open water swimming and aquathlon.

"Team Qatar has begun intensive preparations ahead of the inaugural edition of the ANOC World Beach Games Qatar 2019," the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) said.

"Most of the athletes are already in training camps and the national sports federations have developed detailed training programmes to prepare their athletes for the competition and ensure a very successful outing.

"Beach sports have witnessed a huge development in the country over the years with teams representing the country winning medals at major regional and international competitions."

More than 1,300 athletes are expected at the event from around 90 countries.

Qatar has stepped in to replace San Diego as hosts ©ANOC
Qatar has stepped in to replace San Diego as hosts ©ANOC

A total of 14 disciplines across 13 sports will be competed in during the Games.

The action will be split between the Katara and Al Gharafa beach venues in Doha.

Naji Al Amri, Qatar's Chef De Mission for their home event, said: "Qatar's delegation will be participating in eight sports events during the competition. 

"This poses a challenge for our athletes and that is why the federations, in cooperation with the QOC represented by the sports affairs department, have developed a detailed training programme to adequately prepare Team Qatar for this inaugural edition of the competition. 

"We believe that the team will give their best and bring great glory and honour to the country.

"We are proud of our female athletes' participation in the Games, especially in swimming and tennis events in addition to the other sports where they will compete with the world's top athletes."