Posted on October 26, 2015

Qatar Minister of Youth and Sports H.E. Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali honored the signing ceremony of a collaborative research agreement between Qatar University’s (QU) Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) and Qatar Sports For All Federation, which was held yesterday at the university.

The agreement was signed by SESRI Director and QU Acting VP for Research Dr Darwish Al-Emadi and Qatar Sports For All Federation President Mr Abdulrahman Al Dosari in the presence of QU President Dr Hassan Al-Derham, as well as several officials from QU and Qatar Sports For All Federation. The study aims to explore the trends in participation in sports and physical activities among Qatari nationals -- adults and students, and define the number of nationals from different ages and genders who practice sports and physical activities, and their preference for the type of sport, the timing and season to practice sports activities, as well as the best sports venues.

In the terms of the agreement, experts from both institutions will conduct a four-phase study during 13 months starting November 2015. The study includes two separate surveys for adults and school students. The survey among adults will be conducted quarterly during one year and will comprise a total of 2.000 successful interviews by the final phase while the survey among school students will comprise a total of 800 successful interviews by the final phase.

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Commenting on the agreement, Dr Darwish Al-Emadi said: “We are pleased to partner with Qatar Sports For All Federation in this important study that contributes to providing findings on sports development and challenges, and to assessing the community’s awareness on the role of sports in ensuring a healthy lifestyle. This also underlines SESRI’s commitment to addressing topics that are of the interest of the society and aligned with national ambitions to advance a vibrant sports culture and the positioning of Qatar as a key international sports destination, primary of which is the hosting of the FIFA World Cup 2022.”

Mr Abdulrahman Al Dosari said: “This agreement will generate important results through the development of Qatar’s Sports Sector Strategy and the execution of plans and programs focused on evidence-based data, which will enable us to measure and guide spending on sport activities properly.”