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With just 200 days to go to the start of the Asian Games, the organizers are upbeat about the prospects for the finest sporting spectacle in the history of the Asian Games. 

The 200-days-to-go milestone is seen as a time to reflect on what has been accomplished and to reinvigorate everyone involved for the home run.

Qatar and its capital Doha have always been synonymous with sport. It is as much part of our culture and heritage as our reputation for heartfelt generosity, hospitality and entertainment - qualities that are ingrained in the people of Qatar.

When it comes to organizing sports events, Doha is an expert and enjoys worldwide recognition as a centre of regional and international sport. The numerous high-level championships across a range of sports demonstrate the city's and its people's passion and skill for hosting top quality events that attract top athletes from around the world.

The Doha Asian Games Organizing Committee (DAGOC) has been busily preparing for the phenomenal sporting event taking place in Doha 2006-The Doha Asian Games 2006

The First Asian Games took place in New Delhi in 1951 and welcomed 11 countries participating in just 6 sports. Now, 55 years later, the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006 is expecting 44 countries and regions who will participate in 39 competitive sports. The number of women athletes has been steadily rising over the years and Qatar expects around 2000 female athletes in 2006.

The Asian Games have come a long way since 1951 to become the second largest sports event in the world after the Olympic Games, comprising half the world's population.

 

The Doha Asian Games Organizing Committee successfully ended their search for the official mascot of the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006. Orry a Qatari Oryx was chosen based on his credible background, not only is he a great sportsman but his beliefs are in par with those of the city of Doha.

The Doha 2006 Torch Relay will begin with a lighting ceremony in Doha, Qatar on 8 October 2006. This ceremony will signify the beginning of the longest relay in the history of the Games; travelling over 50,000 kilometres to 15 countries and regions in more than 50 days.

It will be a unique occasion for people around Asia to share the spirit of the Games, infused with QatarÕs culture and hospitality. The Doha 2006 Torch signifies the sense of pride and friendship that, when carried by each of the 3,500 Torchbearers in participating Asian countries and regions, will bear the dignity and ambitions of Qatar.