week of February 07, 2015

Doha Celebrates Fourth Annual National Sports Day

Camilla Greene
Qatar Olympic Committee
The Pearl-Qatar
Aspire Zone
Katara Cultural Village
Sports Village

Doha has been gearing up for Qatar National Sports Day since Saturday with a Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) Sports Village erected on the Corniche, offering an array of activities including horseriding, football, volleyball, table tennis, gymnastics, boxing and shooting, alongside bowling, electronic games and the sale of healthy food. The prize-giving ceremony for this year's BeFit Program will also take place on Sports Day. Events run from 3-10PM every day up to and including National Sports Day, when the Sports Village will be open from 8AM. Sheikh Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Thani, head of media at QOC, said: “We aim to get all of Qatar trying new sports, meeting new people and taking steps towards leading an active and healthy lifestyle.”

Residents will be hard pressed to choose between all that’s on offer on Sports Day itself. These include the Doha Dash (expected to attract over 5000 runners to Lusail International Circuit), Aspire Zone’s Fun Run and Family Cycling, the first synchronized swimming lessons ever to be held in Qatar, as well as almost 100 events held at Katara Cultural Village alone.

Katara’s line-up includes classes organised by the Qatar Basketball Federation, Qatar Weightlifting and Bodybuilding Federation, Qatar Tennis Association and Qatar Cycling Federation, while at The Pearl-Qatar a Qatar Tourism Authority sponsored walk and range of beach sports will keep residents occupied until nightfall. Not to be outdone, Education City is providing student sports classes for all ages and abilities. These include, among many others, interactive wheelchair basketball and special-needs table tennis. Qatar Museums will further offer a range of family sporting activities and entertainment, including a paintball shoot, bubble football and a snow area.

For more information see Doha News

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