The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) are providing the opportunity for everyone and anyone to train with Qatar’s sporting heroes at the Team Qatar Village in Doha’s Aspire Park on 13th February. Over 14 different sporting activities will be on offer from 8:30am-4pm with Team Qatar athletes on hand to provide tips, advice and demonstrations.
NSD was first established in 2012 with the aim of uniting the nation in a shared celebration of sport and inspiring people to lead active and healthy lifestyles, and since then has grown in strength and numbers year upon year. This year’s NSD is set to be the biggest and best so far with a total of 72 events taking place across multiple locations in Qatar from early morning until late afternoon, with thousands of people expected to turn out to participate and enjoy sport. Speaking ahead of NSD, Secretary General of the QOC, H.E. Jassim Al Buenain, said:
“National Sport Day is all about seizing the opportunity to try new sports, kick-start a healthy and active lifestyle and generally share and spread the fun and enjoyment of participating in sport with friends and family. There are no better people to inspire and encourage budding athletes of any age and ability than our sporting heroes and we invite everyone to come down to the Team Qatar Village, meet our athletes and join in our activities. Whether you have ambitions to be a future Olympic champion, or simply want to find a new sport to enjoy, there will be something on offer for everyone. We can’t wait to set Qatar alight through the spirit of sport once again this year!”
The strength of NSD and growth in sport in Qatar in general over the years can be seen by the significant increase in the number of athletes representing Qatar on an international stage, as well as the number participating at a grass-roots level. Team Qatar athletes will be available on NSD to meet the public, participate in the activities and answer questions, helping to spot new talent and inspire future sporting heroes! Key athletes in attendance will include members of Qatar’s 2018 Asian Championship winning handball team, Kamal Mallash, Abdulrazzaq Murad and Ahmed Maddady, gymnastics superstars Ahmed Nabil who competed in last year’s World Championships and 2014 Youth Olympian, Nadine Wahden, 3x3 basketball legend and 2014 World Champion, Yassin Ismail, and two-time World Junior Champion and senior world silver medallist in weightlifting, Fares Ibrahim, plus many more. Commenting on why people should try handball, Kamal Mallash said:
“Always try out new sports! Handball is one of the fastest sports in the world and I encourage everyone to give it a shot!”
All images courtesy of QOC
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