Posted on February 13, 2018

Qatar Minister of Development Planning and Statistics H.E. Dr Saleh bin Mohammed Al-Nabit and Qatar University (QU) President Dr Hassan Al Derham, staff, faculty, students and their families joined celebrants across Qatar yesterday in observing the annual National Sports Day, the second Tuesday of February each year as per the Emiri Decree No. 80 of 2011.

Through its Sports and Recreation Section in the Student Activities Department, QU conducted a series of sporting and fitness events on its campus and at Katara. The activities headlined “#sports_unite_us” aimed to promote sports and healthy lifestyles throughout the community. They were organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics, Community College of Qatar (CCQ), Internal Security Force (Lekhwiya), and Katara, the official host.

At QU Women’s Sports Hall, QU female students and staff participated in fitness and aerobics activities.

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At Katara, the activities program included physical and fitness training for kids and adults, as well as sports and health awareness activities. A sideline exhibition featured health booths presented by members from QU College of Health Sciences and QU Sport Science Program in conjunction with QU Physiotherapy and Sport Injuries Section at the Student Activities Department. Visitors were provided with information on sportive and healthy lifestyles, fitness, and nutrition, as well as free testing of vital signs and body composition. A booth for women was presented by QU female coaches with the aim to raise awareness on the importance of physical activity for women.

Also on the program were self-defense and equestrian performances and cross-fit activities presented by Lekhwiya, as well as various sports activities that suit all ages organized by CCQ and supervised by student volunteers. Dr Hassan Al Derham said: “Qatar University is keen to strengthen its presence in the local community. To achieve this, the University has built a large number of partnerships and collaborations with government institutions. Our participation in the National Sports Day highlights our commitment to raise community awareness about the importance of sports in the daily life and health-related issues.”

CCQ President Dr Ibrahim bin Saleh Al Naimi said: “We are pleased to participate in the events of the National Sports Day for the third consecutive year. This participation plays an important role in driving forward the partnership between governmental institutions and organizations from civil society. This partnership contributed to uniting our efforts to reach the largest segment of the public through the organization of various sports activities which attracted thousands of citizens and residents of all ages to commemorate this annual event. The National Sports Day is the cornerstone to build an active and healthy community at the physical, social and mental levels. The Community College of Qatar is keen to encourage its students to participate in the events of the National Sports Day and to make physical activity a part of their daily lives due to its positive impact on their academic achievements.”

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QU VP for Student Affairs Dr Khalid Al-Khanji said: “The celebration of the National Sports Day is part of QU’s ongoing efforts to raise community awareness about the importance of physical activity to boost the learning process. This event brings people of all ages to interact together. It also highlights QU’s mission to shape a healthy generation physically and mentally by encouraging them to adopt a healthy lifestyle.” QU Student Services and Activities Director Mr Abdulla Al-Yafei said: “The National Sports Day reflects the spirit of cooperation and collaboration among community members. The event is also considered as a good opportunity for students to unlock their skills and demonstrate their teamwork, volunteerism, and leadership.”

Manager of Sports and Recreation Activities at QU Student Activities Department Ms Asmaa Al-Naemi said: “We are pleased to attract each year a huge number of visitors to our booths that we present in cooperation with partners from QU community and the wider community. Our sports experts and volunteers were on hand to provide visitors with vital signs tests and fitness advices.” Aquatic Center Section Head at QU Student Activities Department Mr Walid Dessouki said: “This event serves to strengthen links between various entities of society and to highlight the importance of collaboration and teamwork. It also provides the students with the opportunity to interact with members of the community, in line with the department’s mission to equip students with organizational and leadership skills.”