Dolphy, the fun-loving dolphin, was unveiled today by the ANOC World Beach Games Qatar 2019 Organising Committee as the mascot for the inaugural edition of the global multi-sport Games.
Dolphy personifies the spirit of the ANOC World Beach Games with a playful disposition, a perpetual grin, and a dedication to keeping the ocean and the environment clean. A social animal by nature, Dolphy welcomes anybody and everybody looking for elite beach, water and action sports to the beautiful Qatari beaches and ocean. Dolphy will be found swimming between the 14 different sporting events during the ANOC World Beach Games in Doha, providing boundless energy and optimism for both fans and athletes.
ANOC Technical Director Haider Farman said, “No animal better represents our emotional connection with the ocean than a dolphin, and Dolphy’s bubbly and inclusive personality perfectly captures the essence of beach sports. The ANOC World Beach Games is a truly global celebration of sport and Dolphy will help to welcome nearly 100 countries to Qatar in October. The Games is all about people coming together to enjoy sport and have fun in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and I have no doubt Dolphy will make a huge contribution to that mood of joy and entertainment.”
If he is not flipping out over the elite competition, Dolphy is preaching the benefits of protecting the environment, not only for the dolphins, but also for all his other friends in the sea and people across the world.
Director of Marketing and Ceremonies for Qatar 2019 Sheikha Asma Al Thani said, “We are happy to unveil Dolphy as the official mascot of the Games. Dolphy fully embodies the spirit of Qatar 2019, as the Games promises to be not just a competition, but an event designed to provide unparalleled entertainment and fun for the entire family. Dolphins exhibit temperaments that are associated with kindness and peace and they are driven to make those around them happy by creating an ambient tranquil atmosphere of peace and acceptance. These attributes resonate well with us in Qatar and we believe all participants will leave here with lasting memories of this historical event and our great hospitality as well.”
More than 1,200 athletes from 97 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) are expected to compete at the ANOC World Beach Games, which will formally begin with an Opening Ceremony on 12 October 2019. A total of 14 disciplines across 13 sports will be competed in during the Games, which concludes on 16 October. The ANOC General Assembly and ANOC Awards 2019 will follow the next day on 17-18 October.