Showcasing the importance of sports in the development of the individual and the society, Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has planned wide range of sport programmes to celebrate Sports Day, in addition to programmes of social and cultural importance.
Nasser Ali al-Mawlawi, Ashghal president, has issued a resolution constituting a Sports Day activities committee headed by Abdulla Saad al-Saad, the public relations and communications manager, and Mohamed Taleb Ballan Saber as director of events. The committee has formed six teams including the media team headed by Khalid Abdullah al-Mannai, the technical team headed by Hamad Nasser al-Nuaimi, the ceremonial team headed by Abdul Aziz Alfahidah, the services team headed by Faisal al-Qassimi, the secretariat headed by Lolowa al-Naimi, and the finance committee headed by Fatima al-Flamerzi.
Motivated by the corporate slogan of Ashghal, “Qatar deserves the best”, the Sports Day activities committee has developed their slogan “Sports make you the best” and planned a wide range of activities and programmes commensurate with the status, age, and nature of the individuals to ensure maximum community participation in the National Sports Day and to raise awareness of the importance of sport and its role in the lives of individuals and the community.
The Sports Day activities committee has planned many exciting events for its employees and their families during the day, which include six championship games including football, basketball, table tennis, billiards, cricket and a marathon race. These games shall be conducted in two sessions; the qualifying matches in the morning session followed by the final matches in the evening.
Also planned are special events to suit all ages, including telematch, kids sport events, family events and moral awareness programmes on the importance of sport and healthy living in human life.
The programmes include quiz competitions for children on the importance of sports, special awareness programmes for the public to familiarise them with the sport projects carried out by the Authority such as provision of some public parks with sports facilities for football, volleyball, handball and basketball and provision of stadiums and sports halls for schools.
The marathon race will cover a distance of three kilometres on the Al Rafaa Street (Festivals Road), divided into three age groups: 18-30 years, 30-45 years and 45 and above. Further, the organising committee has arranged valuable prizes for the winners of the top five in each category. The technical team has sought the co-operation of Qatar Athletics Association to oversee the race.
The cricket tournament will be organised in co-operation with Qatar Cricket Club, such that the qualifying matches will take place in the morning followed by the final match at 4pm.
The winner and runner-up shall be awarded with prizes, trophies and medals, in addition to special prizes for the best player.
The grand finale will be held at Dahl Al Hamam park, reserved for Ashghal Sports Day with special permission from HE Sheikh Abdurrahman bin Khalifa al-Thani, the Minister of Municipality and Urban Planning. Events at the park will begin from 8am where there will be four games such as football, basketball, table tennis and billiards.
Moral and religious sessions including quiz competitions will be held under the supervision of Abdul Rahman al-Harami, director of Qatar Radio programme ‘Kaif asbaht’, in addition to a Harley ride conducted by a team from Qatar Rider Harley.
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