The “3-2-1 Museum” of Qatar… a story of sporting inspiration

Doha- Ahmed Youssef: The “Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum 3-2-1” is the largest sports museum in the world and the first in Middle East, in what tells the legacy of sport and the Olympic Games. The museum, which is located in the Khalifa International Stadium, has become a major stop for fans of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, due to its close association with football, various sports and the history of the Olympics. The museum includes the oldest collections and the latest technology, documenting the importance of sport in Qatar and draws attention to the historic ball used in World Cup matches in Uruguay in 1930. The museum also keeps the shirt worn by Argentine footballer Diego Armando Maradona when he scored two goals against England in a quarter The 1986 World Cup final. An innovative museum. Through its interactive galleries, inspiring collections and innovative activities, the museum accompanies its visitors in an interesting journey to learn about the history of the Olympic Games, the stories of sports heroes from around the world and the history of the development of sport in Qatar. It also touches on the enormous impact that major sporting events organized by Qatar have had in recent decades. The museum, designed by the Spanish architect Juan Cibina, covers anarea of 19,000 square meters, making it one of the largest Olympic museums. It consists of seven galleries that house collectibles from around the world, from the beginnings of the sport to the current era. The museum consists of a main building that extends along one of the arches of the stadium, and another building connected to it in a circular shape, inspired by the five Olympic rings. Interactive Galleries The museum includes many galleries, including the “A World of Feelings”, which serves as a reception room offering an insight into the themes of the museum and the leading role of sport in Qatar. And the room “Global History of Sports” constitutes a journey through the history of sport in the world from antiquity to modern times. The gallery contains about 100 originals and reproductions, dating from the eighth century BC to the early twentieth century, accompanied by graphic, audiovisual and digital interactive elements. The Sala Olimpica accompanies visitors in a journey from the ancient to the modern Olympics and displays every torch from the Summer and Winter Olympics since 1936 in then. And inside the Teatro Olimpico in gallery, a video exhibition recounts the birth of the modern Olympic Games, and presents the geopolitical, social and technological factors that have allowed figures such as Pierre de Coubertin to contribute to the rebirth of the Olympic Games. On three floors, the “Athletes’ Hall” sheds light on 90 athletes from all over the world of the 20th and 21st centuries. Host Country The “Qatar – Host Country” room discusses how major sporting events have flourished, starting with the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, as well as other events that Khalifa Stadium has hosted since it opened in 1976. Through the room ” Qatar Sports”, the museum presents the inspiring story of the development of the sport in Qatar, from traditional games to international sports and organizing international competitions. This room reveals how sport was and still is essential to development in Qatar until the organization of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and sheds light on established sports activities in Qatar, such as falconry and camel racing. The last of the museum’s galleries, the ‘Activity Zone’, promotes sporting activities in throughout Qatar and encourages the adoption of healthy and active lifestyles. The room draws attention to the inspiring stories of people who have decided to adopt a healthy lifestyle, in in particular the boy from Qatar Ghanem Al-Muftah, born with caudal retraction syndrome. (Anatolia)