DOHA: The Saudi Arabian national team has qualified for the 2022 World Table Tennis Championships after beating Uzbekistan 3-2 at the 2021 Asian Championships in Qatar on Wednesday.

The tournament in Doha will run until Oct. 5, and the win means that the Saudi team will achieve their target of finishing in Asia’s top 10 for the first time.

Saudi Arabia was represented in the tournament by Abdulaziz Al-Abbad, Ali Al-Khadrawi, Abdulaziz Bushelby, and Nayef Al-Jadaei, while the technical staff from Egypt were led by Youssef Sayed Rabie.

The competition’s opener had seen the Saudis beat hosts Qatar 3-0, and they followed that up with another straight-sets victory over Mongolia later in the day.

Last night’s win confirmed qualification for the World Championships in China next year.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Bar, president of the Saudi Table Tennis Federation, congratulated minister of sports and chairman of the Saudi Olympic Committee, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, and sports fans in the Kingdom on the qualification.

He said: “The Greens deserved to reach the World Championships after producing positive results and performances throughout the Asian Championship.”

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