The world gets the chance to see how Qatar puts on a global sporting event, the World Handball Championships, involving 24 teams. The event takes place from Jan 15- Feb 1 2015.
Qatar, who have been coming under increasing scrutiny over their labour practises
since they were awarded one of the top sporting events in the world in 2022, the football world cup.
They will now get the chance to show the world that they can put on a successful global sporting event early next year.
Handball is a fast paced team game that was first played in Germany and Scandinavian countries at the end of the 19th century.
The first competition hosted by the International Amateur Handball Federation (IAHF) , took place in Germany at the 1936 Berlin Games. This led to the handball world championships played in Germany two years later in 1938.
Date written/update: 2014-07-05