Posted on December 13, 2014

Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Secretary General of the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), yesterday (Thursday) launched the Qatar Active Campaign — one of the projects of the Sport Sector Strategy 2011-2016 — on the sidelines of the Olympic Day at Aspire Park here yesterday, said The Peninsula. “Today we are witnessing the launch of the Qatar Active Campaign and Sports strategy. We are happy to have you with us and we would like to wish the people who are doing this activity all the best and best luck,” said Sheikh Saoud during the launch ceremony.

“This Active Campaign is one of the strategies which come under Qatar Vision 2030 and it goes with the sports strategy,” he added. The Active Campaign will continue till 2016. “The campaign will go till the end of 2015 and beginning of 2016. It coincides and consists with many activities that will be held every year, activities have already been going on, and it is for the social aspect we have to focus. As we know sports strategy has two parallels, one of them is active sports and the other one is elite sports,” added the QOC official, who is also the President of Qatar Basketball Federation.

FIBA offcials, who are here for the FIBA 3x3 tournament, were also present on the occasion. The project reflects the high interest the country accords to human, global and sustainable development with the sport sector being one of its priorities and is expected to provide tangible benefits in the form of fit and healthy citizens in the long run. The Qatar Active Campaign features some 30 activities per year, being held throughout the year. Besides sport, entertainment activities will be covered under the campaign.

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The project will target all male and female age categories, with specific activities for people with special needs. The Sport Sector Strategy is looking forward to achieve key results including increasing the participation of local community in sport , enhancing and integrating planning for the general and specialised sports facilities, as well as Increasing and enhancing the process of grooming, managing and improving the performance of sports talents.

Meanwhile, children from different schools, both boys and girls, took part in the Olympic Day celebrations. The school children had an opportunity to try their hand at different games, you name it and the officials were at hand to guide the children and explain the nuances of the particular game. Some tried their hand at boxing, under the supervision of the coaches from the Qatar Boxing Federation. The Qatar Sailing and Rowing Association, Qatar Shooting and Archery Association. Qatar Golf Association, Qatar Volleyball Association, Qatar Cycling Federation, Qatar Gymnastics Federation, Qatar Fencing Federation, Qatar Equestrian Federation and Qatar Handball Association were all in full force during the Olympic Day trying to attract the youngsters.

Each of the stalls set up at the venue attracted students, the biggest draw and the most popular stall turned out to be handball followed by volleyball. The children tried their hand at handball and if they were on target from the penalty spot, they managed to pick up a gift gifts. The volleyball stall ranked second in popularity and quite a few students managed to get a few balls which was given away as part of the promotion drive.

Children also watched with keen interest as the jockeys went about through the drills of Showjumping the horses over the barricades. The students were not the only ones who tried their hand at the game, QOC General Secretary Sheikh Saoud and FIBA officials, who were the few guests at the ceremony, tried their hand at Archery having a shot at the make-shift archery targets set up by Qatar Shooting and Archery Association.