al-Ali practices table tennis in Spain
al-Ali practices table tennis in Spain

QATAR’S sport minister has been touring Spain’s top sporting venues in order to gain inspiration from the country’s sporting prowess.

Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser al-Ali picked Spain as his first official visit overseas last week.

He hopes to grow the popularity of sport in Qatar, football in particular, ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Alongside Spain’s minister for sport, Miguel Cardenal, al-Ali spent two days meeting up with some of the country’s top sport stars and touring the most emblematic sporting facilities on offer.

Meeting up with swimmer Mireia Belmonte, badminton champion, Carolina Marín, taekwondo’s Joel González and tennis player, Garbiñe Muguruza, al-Ali covered all the bases.

His trip also included a visit to Barcelona’s Nou Camp football stadium.