With just three days before Qatar marks the ninth edition of National Sport Day (NSD), public and private organisations are all set for the celebration having prepared a rich lineup of events and activities aimed at promoting health and fitness through sport.
Qatar is one of the few countries which give strong impetus on the importance of sport through a nationwide observance of National Sport Day.
Since the initiative was launched in 2012, the holiday has successfully brought people from all walks of life and ages together in celebration of sport, while encouraging them to stay fit and active.
The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), along with various national sports federations, has announced it will mark the day by offering a wide-ranging programme of sports activities and demonstrations to the public.
QOC will organise a Team Qatar Sports Village at Barahat Msheireb in Doha from 8am until 8pm. A diverse range of sports for all ages including athletics, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, table tennis, boxing, wrestling, taekwondo, karate and judo, in addition to gymnastics and martial arts workshops and on-stage entertainment from football freestylers and sport jugglers will be held during the event.
Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) has prepared more than 20 unique events for all members of the community to enjoy including Run&Bike - a new team event presented by Aspetar, the popular Fun Run for all members of the community, obstacle-course race, sports competitions and challenges such as badminton, basketball, running, hammer throwing, plyometric challenges, children’s gymnastics, wall climbing and football related activities.
Qatar Foundation has designed a programme for the whole community — from aspiring athletes and sports enthusiasts to those completely new to exercise — including obstacle course races, yoga sessions, full-body workouts, and sports tournaments to be held at the Ceremonial Court, the Green Spine, Oxygen Park, and Multaqa (Education City Student Center), starting at 8am.
At Katara Cultural Village, 54 public and private entities are organising different events and activities including a wide array of sports, medical checkups and health advice, activities for persons with special needs, air show, performances and marine competitions.
Qatar Shell and Qatar Football Association (QFA) are teaming up once again to organise many family-oriented activities at Katara as part of the award-winning Koora Time programme.
Running from 7am to 5pm, the event will offer families the opportunity to participate in a variety of football and fitness activities for all age groups in a fun and non-competitive environment.
Marked every second Tuesday of February, National Sport Day is a pioneering initiative which encourages everyone to participate in sporting activities.