Doha, 14 April 2020 - Several Qatari and international sports stars have joined the Aspetar Community Initiative, providing remote fitness exercises to athletes as well as the public, aiming to positively influence fitness maintenance during their stay at home.
Nasser bin Saleh al Attiyah, Qatari superstar, is the latest to join Aspetar’s initiative. The world rally champion, along with experts, provided a series of exercises for beginners’ level athletes on Thursday, through a live broadcast on Aspetar’s YouTube channel.
Qatari athlete Mariam Farid, and Ahmed Tijan, member of Qatari beach volleyball team are also participating in Aspetar’s initiative.
The list of participants will expand in the upcoming days to include the participation of other Qatari sports stars, including professional Qatari boxer Sheikh Fahad bin Khalid bin Jassim al Thani, who competes in the light weight medium category under the umbrella of the Association of Professional Boxers in Spain, Ahmed Morgan, member of the Qatari national beach handball team, and motorcycle racer Saeed al Sulaiti, Al Rayyan football player Sebastian Soria, and Rima Taha, Qatar national team athlete in addition to many other stars who will be announced later.
The participating stars expressed their happiness in taking part in Aspetar’s initiative in terms of cooperation and contribution to the service of sports and community in light of the outbreak of coronavirus. Looking at the positive consequences, they’ve advised everyone to remain active and following the directives and preventive measures to stay at home
Confirming its pioneering role in providing outstanding health services, and to contribute to the health education of athletes, Aspetar -- Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, has posted a detailed video featuring reliable home exercise workouts for athletes while staying at home.
Commenting on the initiative, Mohamed Khalifa al Suwaidi, Director General of Aspetar said, “We are happy to present this community initiative. We urge everyone to exercise and maintain physical fitness as it is one of the ways to overcome the consequences of this global epidemic.”
He added: “I cannot thank everyone enough who has contributed to this initiative from the Qatari sports stars, which shows their willingness to provide what they can to serve the community. Their participation has added great value to achieving the goals of this initiative. We look forward to more stars’ participation in the upcoming sessions.”
The series of videos aims to benefit from the time of social distancing imposed by the spread of COVID19, and to get athletes maintain their fitness during their stay at home, while “social distancing” or physical distance is followed, since majority of sports competitions and gatherings for training in clubs remain postponed.
The exercises are provided by a team of physical coaches at Aspetar. They are easy to be followed by the public, without the need for any gym equipment which makes it convenient and easier to apply at home.