Amman International Marathon to be an Annual Athletic Tradition

Published November 1st, 2009 - 02:04 GMT

Prince Firas Ibn Raad, the Chairman of the  Board of Trustees for Amman International Marathon (AIM) said that the Centennial Parade on Friday, is a national source of pride that reflects the Capital achievements in the far and near past.

During his meeting today with Mayor of Amman, Omar Al Maani, the Prince addressed the voluntary, security and the media groups and agencies about the vision of the Marathon organizers, which will take place next Saturday; "the Marathon aims at creating an annual athletic tradition to enhance tourism, sport, humanitarian work, in addition to promoting cultural exchange with the peoples of the world".

The Prince, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, congratulated the Mayor and the Municipal Council members for the well organized parade, and said "the Centennial Parade had referred to 100 years of the Capital's past, and AIM will handle 100 years of the future".

The board of trustees Chairman announced that about seven thousand competitors are participating in this international athletic event until now, inviting, at the same time, Jordanians from all walks of life to support this initiative to give the world a civilized aspect of Jordan.

Then H.R.H expressed his gratitude to all governmental, national and private sectors that offered technical and financial support to help AIM do the job.

During the meeting, Mayor of Amman had also thanked the business and inhabitants of the city center, for their active participation in the Centennial, confirming the directions of His Majesty King Abdullah II, which focus on the development of the city center and improving the services quality.

Manager of Amman City, Eng. Ammar Gharaibeh, some of the Municipal Council members, officers from Public Security Directorate, Amman Municipality cadre, and some businessmen of the city center all attended the meeting, in which Al Maani stressed the importance of media in publicizing International Amman Marathon as being, in itself, a social event that gather all community groups together. And he asked the electronic media to focus on the racers as they pass through Amman streets.

Head of the organizing committee of the Marathon, Nabeel Abu 'Ata, declared that 26 countries are participating in this event, with 116 racers from abroad.

Commenting on the questions raised by the Head of Yarmouk Local Committee, Yehya Al Soud, regarding the people's activities during the Marathon, H.R.H said that the local community's role is to encourage and attend the activities and cheer the racers.

Finally the President of Bakeries' Owners Syndicate, Abdel Elah Al Hamawi, and businessman, Shafeeq N'eimat, complimented GAM for the success of the Centennial Parade.

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