Sports is Life... slogan for National Sport Day 2022

QNA
2022-02-07 | Since 3 Month

HE Abdulrahman Musallam Al Dosari

Doha, 7 February 2022 - The National Sports Day (NSD) Committee announced that the activities will be held this year under the slogan “Sports is Life” to express the importance of dedicating a sports day to the State, and to mark the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the launch of the National Sports Day.

Adviser to the Minister of Sports and Youth, and Chairman of the NSD, HE Abdulrahman Musallam Al Dosari said in a press conference at Lusail Sports Hall, that the Sport Day contributed greatly to raising awareness of the importance of sports in the lives of individuals and society, revealing the update of the application of the Qatar Sports for All Federation (QSFA) which includes many useful and modern technological features.

Al Dosari added: “Undoubtedly the figures regarding the contribution of the Sports Day to raising awareness of the importance of practicing sports reveal a significant increase in the number of sports practitioners of different ages in public parks, gyms, walking and cycling paths, where the number of bicycle practitioners has increased through Increasing walking and cycling paths, which will reach 2,500km, upon completion of the project.”

Al Dosari noted that the infrastructure established by the state and the facilities of the World Cup made Qatar a huge sports field, pointing to the importance of sport and its ability to help prevent chronic diseases, enhance self-confidence, and rapprochement with others, because sport is participation, and it has an impact in all aspects, it reduces the cost of going to hospitals and makes practitioners happy, which confirmed by science, in addition to the fact that the Sports Day initiative was launched from Qatar, and it found a huge global resonance.

Regarding the update of the “Sports for All Federation” application, Al Dosari explained: “When updating the application, we were keen to keep pace with the times and meet the aspirations of community members with a new and advanced set of modifications, including the walking competition that will accompany the National Sport Day for 3 days from 8-10am, the first three winners who score 15,000 steps over those days will receive QR10,000, QR7,000 and QR5,000. 

The application will also allow the possibility of creating special groups for the NSD that will provide users to participate in group activities with different sports activities, and provide common challenges by sending a link to the competition, it will also facilitate the follow-up of the health status, in terms of the appropriate number of steps, and health information, and sends notifications to the user to encourage him to non-stop exercise.”

NSD Chairman, explained that all events this year are held in the open air, with the participation of 15 people who completed the vaccination doses in group events, and five individuals who did not complete the doses, such as children at the age of twelve for individual games, provided that they confirm they are free of COVID-19, with  ‘Ehteraz’ application with green status.

Al Dosari added that “organisers must adhere to the maximum limit of 15 people in a group. These limits are applicable for all sports, and it is only allowed to remove the mask if the sport requires high effort.”

The head of the National Sports Day Committee revealed that Lusail Sports Hall will be allocated for women, in presence of a full crew of women to practice gymnastics, fitness and other games in complete privacy. 

Regarding the sports events held by state institutions, the head of the State Sports Day Committee noted that all state institutions organize various sports events for their members and affiliates in accordance with Amiri Resolution No. 80 of 2011 allocating a sports day for the state, to encourage everyone to participate in sports activities with family members and colleagues, adding that: “the standards of the health protocol for organising sporting events were sent in coordination with the Ministry of Public Health, and we left the organisers the freedom to choose the venues for the events, such as Aspire, Katara, Msheireb, Al Rayyan Gardens and Al Bidda, plus all walking and running tracks and sports stadiums.”

Regarding the organisation of activities for children in schools, Al Dosari explained that there has been coordination with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, and sports activities have been launched for children in schools, the QSFA has ongoing programs in cooperation with the Ministry to take advantage of sports classes in schools, to provide programs and events for children to raise their culture of sports, a summer program is also organised to teach them new and diverse sports such as swimming, archery, horse riding and self-defense, with the aim of discovering and developing children’s hobbies.

Regarding the calendar of the QSFA, which he chairs, Al Dosari, said that the calendar includes 575 sports events throughout the year, the largest launched by the federation since its inception, and the number of participants in all previous events exceeded about a quarter of a million participants. 

NSD Chairman revealed a study conducted by the QSFA in cooperation with Qatar University, which indicated that awareness of the importance of practicing sports had risen to 86%. A 365-day activity program has been dedicated to teaching the correct ways to practice walking and choosing the appropriate sport for each age group under the supervision of a number of specialized trainers. Among the most important updates launched by the QSFA is the possibility of booking sports facilities through maps, in addition to purchasing tickets from one place, depending on the “barcode” of each ticket.


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