Qatar may have been a controversial choice for the 2022 World Cup but the small Persian Gulf nation is nevertheless pushing ahead with its campaign to become a big player on the international sports scene.
Government officials announced Tuesday that the nation will contribute $1 million toward international research headed by the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency. The money is to go toward developing techniques for catching cheaters using performance-enhancing drugs.
"Qatar is first and foremost a sporting nation," said Sheik Saoud bin Abdulrahman al Thani, secretary-general of the nation's Olympic committee.
The donation comes about a week after the oil-rich nation beat out Eugene, Ore., to host the 2019 world track-and-field championships.
Qatar's donation answers a call from the IOC, which initiated the move for more anti-doping research by pledging $10 million for the effort and asking for matching gifts.
New Zealand, South Korea, Turkey, China, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. had previously stepped forward with pledges.