Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), participated in QF’s National Sport Day activities this morning at Education City.
H.H. Sheikha Moza was joined by a number of high profile officials, including H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, President of the Qatar Olympic Committee; H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry; H.E. Dr. Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, Minister of State; and Alistair Routledge, President of ExxonMobil Qatar, as well as thousands of visitors.
QF’s National Sport Day program kicked off with a 2km Walkathon around Education City, followed by a 40km Cycle and a 50km Ultra Marathon, which started out from the Ceremonial Court. Additionally, visitors to AL SHAQAB enjoyed a day of high-energy pursuits, under the title ‘The Challenge’, where participants competed in a series of challenging physical activities that tested skills such as strength, strategy, balance, concentration, and competition.
Mrs. Machaille Al-Naimi, President of Community Development, QF, said: “Our National Sport Day program highlights QF’s commitment to creating an active, sports-loving society, while encouraging the public to make long-lasting health and lifestyle changes. QF’s celebrations, which are designed to cater for all ages and athletic abilities, are part of a wider, year-round, and community-inspired campaign, aimed at fostering a socially-engaged society and promoting the physical and mental well-being of all.”
A range of activities also took place at QF’s Oxygen Park, including football, treasure hunts, jump rope, beach tennis, pony riding, and a selection of fun children’s activities. Families with young children also enjoyed games and sports at the QF Recreation Center, such as swimming for children with autism, goal ball – a football activity for the blind, as well as a gymnastics and trampoline display, a squash tournament, slalom football, and blindfolded football designed to raise awareness about loss of vision.
Furthermore, a range of ladies-only activities were held at the Education City Student Center, and at AL SHAQAB during the afternoon. Outdoor games and activities also took place on the Green Spine and at the Ceremonial Court throughout the day.
Mrs. Mayan Zebeib, Chief Communications Officer, QF, said: “As a leading agent of change in Qatar, QF actively participates and supports national initiatives such as National Sport Day. We’re absolutely delighted to welcome so many people to Education City today to share our celebrations. Our diverse range of activities ensures the local population is given access to some of the country’s best sporting and recreational facilities.”
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