Aspire Zone Foundation Ramadan Sports Festival finishes on a high note

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Ghadeer Ahmed

Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) has brought the fifth annual Ramadan Sports Festival (RSF) to a close, adding another sports mega-event, which attracted more than 1000 participants in 11 different sports over two weeks, to its list of achievements.

For the duration of RSF, AZF’s indoor and outdoor venues hosted members of the community taking part in Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Futsal, Cricket, Tennis, and Table Tennis tournaments, as well as a walking competition around Aspire Dome and many other family-focused activities.

Commenting on the conclusion of RSF, Mr. Abdullah Aman Al Khater, Chairman of the Ramadan Organising Committee at AZF, said: “We have successfully concluded the fifth edition of RSF and are proud of our accomplishments, both from an organisational perspective and in terms of the level of engagement from the community, which has exceeded expectations”.

He added: “This year’s edition had several memorable moments for organisers and participants alike, including large numbers of participants in the pre-Iftar walking competition around Aspire Dome. The festival’s success is a testament to our efforts to promote physical activity amongst members of the local community during Ramadan”.

Hyper Spikers win Ladies’ Volleyball tournament; Barcelona take home Junior Futsal title.

On Friday, Aspire Dome hosted the final rounds of this year’s RSF as the Junior Futsal and Ladies’ Volleyball tournaments came to a close. In Junior Futsal, team Barcelona stunned Brazil 3-1 in the final to bring home the title. Bayern and AK Legend then battled for third place in a closely fought match that ended in a draw and a penalty shootout that Bayern went on to win.

In Ladies’ Volleyball, tournament favourites Hyper Spikers continued their superb run, seizing the tournament from team Aktor in a thrilling finale. Team TWS earned the third place title.

RSF in numbers

150+ matches.

70+ hours of competition.

90 teams.

49 referees.

620+ male participants.

120+ female participants.

100+ junior participants.

40 participants with special needs.

Local community is the real RSF winner

The success of RSF demonstrates AZF’s efforts to encourage members of the local community to adopt healthier lifestyles through its provision of exciting, accessible and enjoyable sports, complete with year-round events and tournaments that take place in the Foundation’s various facilities. Such success can be attributed to AZF’s world-class logistical and technical capabilities that have equipped it with the capacity to organise, host and manage mega events of this size.

List of RSF winners

The first place title holders in this year’s RSF are as follows:

Ladies Tennis (adults category) – Dura Abbasi

Ladies Tennis (juniors category) – E N Servanti

Men’s Basketball – Team Doha Ballers

Staff Futsal – Team Mediterranean United

Men’s Football – Team Munshat Abdullatif

Beach Soccer – Team Katara

Men’s Volleyball – Team Soul Riders

Ladies’ Volleyball – Team Hyper Spikers

Junior Futsal – Team Barcelona

Cricket – Team Blasters

Table Tennis for Persons with Special Needs

o Physical disability – Khaled Al Yafei

o Visual disability – Hamad Al Marri

o Mental disability – Mohammad Mousa

o Hearing disability – Abdullah Taleb

AZF motivated by RSF success to organise further tournaments

The triumph of this year’s RSF will not end with Ramadan, however, but will continue throughout the year. The success of new tournaments such as cricket, both in terms of participation and spectatorship, has created new incentives for AZF to innovate and expand its year-round calendar of events and look into ways it can cater to the interests of a wider segment of the local community.