Posted on February 08, 2015

The activities around Qatar’s biggest ever National Sport Day are in full swing at the fun-filled Sport Village, behind Doha’s main post office, and the Qatar Olympic Committee has announced today that some of the nation’s best athletes will be at the Village on National Sport Day to take part in the activities with the public.

Children of all ages are encouraged to pass by the Sport Village on National Sport Day and see the Qatari sporting stars practice their trade first hand. Over 10 National Federations are offering free activities and entertainment for every age and fitness level and star athletes will be available to interact and instruct the public at 10 am on the 10th February. The Sport Village is open from 3pm to 10pm daily until National Sport Day on 10th February, when it will be open from 8am-10pm.

Since its inception in 2012, National Sport Day sees innumerable activities across Qatar for all ages and aims to give the people of Qatar an opportunity to kick start a future of healthy living. The Sports Village is once again the main hub of activity in Doha, ensuring the whole of Qatar can celebrate sport together in an electric, festival atmosphere. The Village will allow everyone to see and learn basic skills from the best of the best in numerous fun-filled sports including handball, basketball, boxing, golf, para-athletics and football, while providing fun and games for all the family.

Sheikh Hamad Bin Abdulaziz al-Thani, Head of Media at the QOC, said: “We are very excited to have the nation’s best athletes at the Sport Village on National Sport Day. Our stars will put on thrilling demonstrations of their skill, introduce the public to new sports and give training tips to all abilities. We hope that this will inspire a new generation of sporting heroes and encourage all of Qatar to try new sports, meet new people and take steps towards leading an active and healthy lifestyle.” 

QOC announce attendance of star 2 [qatarisbooming.com].jpgWith Qatar hosting a multitude of sports events over the next several years, including the recent Handball World Championships, as well as the World Boxing Championship and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships in October, the public will have the chance to come down, learn more about these sports and try them out first-hand.

Ahmed al-Mutawaa, one of Qatar’s star golfers, said: “It is always a pleasure to help children get a better understanding of golf. We hope our demonstrations and expertise will inspire the next generation of Qatari golfing stars. After another massively successful edition of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters this year, I cannot wait to see more of our own athletes competing in international tournaments, and trying out golf in the Sport Village could be someone’s first step to sporting glory.” In addition to the plethora of sporting, recreational and cultural activities on centre stage at the Sports Village, this year’s BeFit program winner will also be announced.

QOC announce attendance of star 3 [qatarisbooming.com].jpgEmad Asad, last year’s winner of the BeFit program, said: “My life has been completely transformed since starting the BeFit program. I weighed 135 kg on the 2013 National Sport Day, and now I have maintained my weight at 75 kg. It’s not just about the number on the scale though, exercise has become an integral part of my daily life and I am now much healthier than I have ever been before. I hope everyone taking part in the activities at the Sports Village walks away with a new love of sport as the benefits are invaluable.”

Featuring the traditional Al Shawahef Rowing Championship and the legendary sport walk, as well as the biggest ever line up of free events, 2015 is set to be the largest and most widely celebrated day of sport ever witnessed in the country.

Follow the Qatar Olympic Committee for more updates: @Qatar_Olympic www.facebook.com/qatarolympics www.instagram.com/Qatarolympic. Further details are also available on www.sportday.qa   

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