Posted on October 16, 2011

Leading players from the Egyptian National Volleyball Team, also members of Al Ahli Sports Club, have made a surprise visit to the Egyptian Languages School to thrill local Egyptian students with a special masterclass demonstration as part of a promotional tour ahead of the Arab Games Doha 2011.

The school visit is just one of an ongoing series of events organised by the Arab Games Organising Committee (AGOC) created especially to reach out and inspire young people in the local community during the exciting countdown to one of the biggest sporting events in the Middle East.

The three icons of international volleyball that visited the school included national sports stars: Abdulla Abdull Salam Abdulla, Ahmed Salahudeen AbdNaeem, and Mahmoud Rao’of AbdlKhader. During the visit the star players conducted an interactive coaching session in which the students got to learn about new skills and techniques as well as gain an insight into team work, fitness and tactics.

Speaking following the star visit to the Egypt Languages School, Hassan Abdulla Al Mohammadi, Manager, Promotion, AGOC said: “In just over 50 days Doha will welcome the very best Arab Athletes from 22 countries for an Arab Games of world-class international standards. As hosts of the Arab Games for the first time the countdown in Doha is a period of great excitement and pride. We wish to share that excitement and let all communities in Qatar feel part of the Arab Games. In Qatar sport is our past, our present and within our vision of the future. It is extremely powerful and can help influence our future generations for the good by instilling valuable lessons for life regardless of sporting ambitions or abilities. All our young people can benefit. To have such role models as the Egyptian National players celebrate the excitement of the Arab Games is very special.”

With an admirable Arab Games track record of success have hosted the first Arab Games and three in total, Egypt have  participated in all previous 11 Arab Games, amassing an impressive haul of medals with a total of 53 gold, 88 silver, 67 bronze medals won since the first games in Alexandria in 1953. Arab Games Doha 2011 will see 288 men and 133 women compete for Egypt.

Having attending the schools visit Mr. Hamad Al Obaidly, Arab Games Marketing, said: “Once again the Egyptian National team preparing for the Arab Games Doha 2011 are expected be major challengers for top honours so it is particularly pleasing to have such world-class athletes reaching out the Egyptian community in Qatar.  Beyond delighting the students with their skills and talents, the players kindly offered advice on teamwork, dedication and fair play aspects of life we can all learn from. Today is a further example of the AGOC’s commitment to all communities in Qatar.”

Commenting after leading the Volleyball masterclass, Abdulla Abdull salam Abdulla said: “To see the joy of the faces of the students made this visit very rewarding for all of us. I was really impressed with the enthusiasm and talent on display as some of the students took their very first steps in volleyball as well as their excitement for the forthcoming Arab Games. Hopefully the young students will have learnt something they can put into practice. I also hope we’ve made some new friends and fans today that will come out in force with all other Egyptians to support the Egypt National teams when the Arab Games Doha 2011 commence on December 9th.”

The visit by the Egyptian stars is the first in a series of special athletes visits to schools, with some of Qatar’s finest athletes lined up to visit local schools in coming weeks as part of an ambassador program.

“The Arab Games are a unique celebration that will unite all communities in Qatar through sport and culture. Everyone can enjoy the experience.  As Doha makes its final preparation we hope to make new sporting heroes will be created and thousands of young people inspired by new role models through the athlete ambassador program”, continued Al Obaidly.

 The Arab Games Doha 2011 games, which are scheduled to take place from December 9th – 23rd, will feature 22 countries, close to 30 sports, and over 6,000 athletes and officials, in one action-packed multi-sport event. Follow all the latest news on