Qatar Celebrates National Sport Day

The people of Qatar celebrated the country’s National Sport Day on 11 February 2014. The full programme of sporting events promoted healthy living for the whole population, as Qatar celebrated sport on this dedicated public holiday.

From cycling to swimming, football to basketball, tennis to taekwondo, countless free sporting sessions and social competitions, accessible to all, took place throughout Qatar. Building on the successes of previous years, Qatar National Sport Day 2014 aimed to bring the country even closer together through activity, leaving a lasting legacy for the local community. Based on the sporting principles of team building, inclusion and unity, participation and fun, fitness and health, National Sport Day has cemented its status as one of the highlights of Qatar’s community, sporting and national calendars.

Along with the extensive sporting events across the country, National Sport Day also focused on Qatari culture with a traditional Al Shawahef rowing championship. The event acted as a reminder of Qatar’s ancient sporting heritage and the role it has played in the country’s most recent developments.

The 2014 National Sport Day celebrations commenced in Qatar on 6 February with the opening of the QOC Sport Village. Encouraging the next generation of sport stars to learn new skills were Olympic shooter Bahiya Al Mansour and most-capped Qatari footballer, Adel Khamis.

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