Qatar Foundation to Celebrate National Sport Day 2018

Press release
Published February 11th, 2018 - 08:51 GMT
Members of the community enjoy pony rides as part of Qatar Foundation’s National Sport Day activities.
Members of the community enjoy pony rides as part of Qatar Foundation’s National Sport Day activities.

Qatar Foundation (QF) is set to celebrate National Sport Day on Tuesday, February 13, with a host of fun and exciting sports activities suitable for the whole family.

QF’s National Sport Day program will kick off with a 2km walkathon, setting out from the Education City Student Center at 8am. A 40km cycle and a 50km ultra marathon will take place for more experienced athletes, both starting at the Ceremonial Court at 8.20am.

AL SHAQAB is set to stage a day-long sporting festival, titled ‘The Challenge’, where members of the community are invited to compete in teams across a series of challenging physical activities. The event, which runs from 9am to 4pm, is for those over the age of 16 and will include activities that focus on strength, strategy, balance, concentration, and competition.

Additionally, QF’s Oxygen Park will host a range of events on the day, including tennis, football, treasure hunt, rope jump, kangaroo sack race, beach tennis, pony riding, and an array of fun children’s activities. Ladies-only activities will also be offered at the Education City Student Centre, and at AL SHAQAB from 4.30 to 6.30pm.

There will also be family-oriented activities taking place at the QF Recreation Center, including swimming for children with autism, goal ball – a football activity for the blind – as well as a gymnastics and trampoline display, a squash tournament, and slalom football – blindfolded football to raise blind awareness – among others. QF will also host outdoor games and activities on the Green Spine and at the Ceremonial Court throughout the day.

Mrs. Machaille Al-Naimi, President of Community Development, QF, said: “National Sport Day provides us with a wonderful opportunity to inspire the public to become more active. Our events, which feature a range of fun, family-friendly activities, cater to all ages and athletic abilities. We really want to encourage the entire community to come down to Education City on Tuesday with their friends and families and make the most of our facilities. 

“Community development is at the heart of everything we do, and through our various activities and initiatives, including National Sport Day, we strive to foster a socially engaged society and encourage the mental and physical well-being of all community members,” Mrs. Al-Naimi concluded.

Sponsors of QF’s 2018 National Sport Day events include Vodafone, Platinum sponsor; Sidra Medicine and Astad, Gold sponsors; and Centerpoint, Silver sponsor.

This year marks the seventh annual National Sport Day since its launch by His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. QF’s National Sport Day festivities are part of a wider, year-round campaign that aims to encourage Qatar’s population to live active, healthy lifestyles.

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Qatar Foundation

Qatar Foundation was established in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, as a vehicle to convert the country's current, but temporary, mineral wealth into durable human capital.

Through its threefold mission of education, scientific research and community development, Qatar Foundation is helping build a sustainable society where the sharing and creation of knowledge will enhance quality of life for all. 

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Al Wajba Area
PO Box 5825
Doha, Qatar
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+974 (0) 4 480 6117
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