Posted on May 16, 2018

Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) is ready to welcome over 1000 sports enthusiasts to the Ramadan Sports Festival (RSF) 2018 competitions, which kick off on Monday, May 21st.

Over the past week, the organising committee has held several technical meetings with the teams and players taking part in RSF tournaments to brief them on rules and regulations. A draw has been held for each tournament to determine the teams competing in the group stages and finals.

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Men’s Football and Volleyball competitions take over AZF’s outdoor track and Aspire Dome’s indoor hall

AZF’s outdoor warm-up track and Aspire Dome’s indoor hall will host the men’s Football and Volleyball competitions during the Festival. The eight-day football tournament will start at 9:30 pm on Monday, May 21st at Aspire Zone’s warm-up track and will run until Monday, May 28th. The tournament will see four groups of twelve teams compete in a group stage before moving to the finals on May 28th. At the same time, RSF Men’s Volleyball competition will kick off in Aspire Dome’s indoor hall. Running for five days, this competition features 12 teams competing in four groups, with the winner eventually being decided on Friday, May 25th.

Cricket is back for the 3rd year and Hockey expands to include additional teams

Thanks to a carefully designed programme featuring a range of popular sports, members of the local community in Qatar will have the opportunity to watch ten teams competing over four days in the 3rd edition of RSF’s cricket tournament taking place on May 30th. Meanwhile, Aspire Dome’s multi-purpose hall will house the men’s indoor hockey tournament. Featuring eight teams, this will run from May 24th – 25th.

Separately, the men’s five-day basketball tournament will be held in the Dome’s indoor hall from May 27th to June 1st with 12 teams of nine players taking part. Ladies will also have ample opportunity to get involved and stay active during the Holy Month of Ramadan. RSF’s famous volleyball tournament, scheduled to run from May 26th to 31st, features seven teams this year and helps to fulfil AZF’s core objective of promoting healthy and active lifestyles among every community in Qatar.

On June 1st, boys aged 9 to 14 will have the chance to put their fitness to the test in the male fitness challenge in two age groups(9-11 and 12-14)at the Aspire Ladies Hall from 9:30 pm until midnight. In collaboration with the Qatar Paralympic Committee, AZF will organise the sixth consecutive Table Tennis competition for people with special needs on May 23rd. Last year, over 36 participants competed in three categories - visual impairment, physical impairment (sitting/standing) and hearing impairment - at the one-day event.

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Healthy Ramadan with Aspetar

Aspetar, the orthopedic and sports medicine hospital and AZF member, has launched a new “Healthy Ramadan” campaign to increase awareness of the importance of adopting an active and healthy lifestyle during the Holy Month. To further promote physical activity among community members, professionals and recreational athletes alike, Aspetar will share short health and awareness videos via its official social media channels, andwill then ask viewers questions that they can answer via the Facebook and InstagramStory feature to encourage viewers to engage with and take heed of its advice.

Step into Health

Meanwhile, Aspetar will organise a sports competition for AZF employees as part of its “Step into Health” programme during Ramadan. This competition will celebrate participants who walk the most each week and uses a smartphone app to calculate the number of steps. Interested sports enthusiasts can register by visiting The RSF 2018 is sponsored by Ooredoo Qatar (Official Sponsor) and Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana Company, Nissan Qatar (Main Partner).