Doha, 14 February 2023 - The activities of the 12th edition of Qatar National Sports Day began across the country, an annual tradition and an unprecedented initiative by the State of Qatar aimed at raising awareness of the importance of sport and its role in societies, making it an essential part of the daily life of individuals.
130 events are being held across the country in parks and sports facilities such as Doha Corniche, Aspire, The Pearl, Qatar Foundation, Lusail, Al Shamal, Al Sheehaniya, Al Wakra, and in all parts of the country.
More than 100 entities are participating in organizing sporting events this year, and have made them available to everyone since the early hours of this morning.
Every year, all state institutions are keen to participate in this sporting event, turning Qatar into a large stadium in which tens of thousands of citizens and residents from all segments of society practice different types of sport.
Qatar Sports Day receives great attention, as this distinguished event has become popular with all people of all ages living in Qatar, citizens and residents, who are keen to enjoy a distinguished sports day in all regions of the country.
All sports activities of the 12th edition of the Sports Day this year are held under the slogan "The Choice Is Yours" to express the importance of allocating a sports day for the state.
This edition's slogan "The Choice is Yours" reflects many values that focus on the goals of community sport by encouraging individuals to exercise for a healthy life, as sport is no longer just entertainment but rather a strategic choice for the state, evidenced by hosting large sporting events and prestigious status attained by the State of Qatar.
The slogan also embodies the adoption of healthy lifestyles to improve the psychological and physical health of individuals and to prevent many chronic diseases such as diabetes, pressure and heart disease, while organizing activities that target the elderly.
The Qatar Sport Day contributed significantly to raising awareness of the importance of sport in the lives of individuals and society. Since the first edition of the Sport Day, awareness of the importance of sport has increased in Qatari society, a matter which contributes to the realization of Qatar Vision 2030 through the development of the human element in which the State of Qatar have been investing over the past years.
The State of Qatar has an infrastructure that promotes practicing sports activity with the availability of pedestrian and cycling paths, totaling 2,643 km, more than 100 sports facilities in the country, and a group of parks, facilities and beaches.
Organizing the Sports Day in the State of Qatar every year aims to uphold the importance of sport, its moral and human values and its health benefits, to educate citizens and residents on the importance of sport in daily life, and to encourage them to practice it throughout the year.
The State of Qatar marked the first Sports Day in February 2012, after the issuance of Amiri decision No. 80 of 2011, that dedicated Tuesday of the second week of February of each year as a sport day for the country, during which ministries, government agencies and other public bodies and institutions organize sport events in which staff and their families participate in order to raise awareness of the importance of sport and its role in the lives of individuals and societies.