“In addition to guidance on diet and nutrition, incorporating exercise and physical activity also play a pivotal role in leading a healthy life,” Raza Shah said in a statement. “Islam lays emphasis on a simple diet combined with physical exercise. Sound health and fitness are, in fact, necessary to fulfil the requirements of three of the five pillars of Islam."
"It is indeed praiseworthy that the people of Qatar, under the guidance of their visionary leadership, observe the second Tuesday of February of each year as National Sport Day,” he said.
“Sports and exercise are essential for the achieving individual and collective excellence,” the envoy stressed. “It adds to enhanced performance by promoting healthy competition, teamwork, perseverance and discipline.”
“Sports boosts the physical and mental health of society," Raza Shah said. "A designated and state-sponsored Sport Day promotes and educates citizens on the ways to reduce health risks associated with an inactive lifestyle, such as coronary heart disease and diabetes."
He continued: "Qatar has emerged as a sporting capital of Middle East and will be hosting the first ever FIFA World Cup 2022 in the region. It will also host the Asian Games in 2030, besides other major sporting events.”
“Qatar houses some of the best sporting venues and stadiums of the world. The development of sports infrastructure in Qatar has been remarkable,” Raza Shah added. “The emergence of Doha as the sporting capital of Middle East is a manifestation of the vision of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.”
"I especially urge upon the Pakistani community to benefit from the state-of-the art sporting facilities in Qatar to maintain a healthy lifestyle and improve and look after their physical and mental well-being,” the ambassador said.