Qatar today added to its growing sports events portfolio, becoming the first country in the Middle East to be awarded the right to stage the AIBA World Boxing Championships, in 2015.
The biennial competition, which will feature 10 weight categories and act as the men's qualifying event for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, will be held in the capital, Doha.
The decision was taken by the executive committee of AIBA, boxing's governing body, at its meeting in Jeju, Korea.
Ching-Kuo Wu, president of AIBA, said: "I would like to congratulate the city of Doha for the impressive proposal they have put together. The presentation we received today really confirmed the motivation the city and the entire country show in delivering the best AIBA World Boxing Championships ever.
"It is very exciting for AIBA to explore new horizons and we are looking forward to visit Doha in 2015."
Yousif Al Kazim, secretary general of the Qatar Boxing Federation, added: "We are delighted with the trust and confidence of the AIBA executive committee. We have no doubt that the AIBA World Boxing Championships Doha 2015 will be one of the best in the history of the sport and that new standards will be set in this brand new region for AIBA."
AIBA opened the bid process for the 2015 championships in February, and confirmed in April that the national boxing federations of Qatar, Thailand, Russia, Vanuatu and Venezuela had met the deadline to express interest in staging the event.
The latter three countries dropped out during the bid process.
In addition to the boxing championships, Qatar will become the first country from the Middle East to host cycling's UCI Road World Championships in 2016. It will also stage the FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in 2014, the World Handball Championships for men in 2015 and soccer's 2022 Fifa World Cup.
The country is also considering mounting bids for athletics' 2019 IAAF World Championships, after Doha lost out to London for the 2017 edition, and the 2024 Olympic Games.
Baku in Azerbaijan staged the AIBA World Boxing Championships in 2011, and Almaty in Kazakhstan will play host this year.