POSTED: December 7th 2011

Qatar launches public holiday to commemorate National Sports Day

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LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: In an effort to drive home the country’s dedication to sports, heir apparent and IOC member, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, today announced the launch of  a  ‘National Sports Day’ as a new public holiday.

The observance is set to start in 2012 and will be held on the second Tuesday of February every year and will be a day set aside to celebrate sport and to create physical health awareness and the benefits of an active lifestyle.

Al-Thani is also the president of the Doha 2020 Olympic bid in the campaign to host the summer Games and said, “I am delighted to announce that Qatar will hold a ‘National Sports Day’ every year to celebrate sport in our country and inspire the next generation of sporting athletes.

“As Doha embarks on its bid for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we want to underline Qatar’s commitment to sport and our desire to instil a strong sporting culture in our country’s young population.

“Sport is central to Qatar’s national vision and initiatives like the ‘National Sports Day’ will help young people in the country engage with sporting activities with positive values that will enable them to have a healthy and prosperous future.”

Government ministries and departments, public sector institutions and many private sector organizations will dedicate the day to sports activities with their employees.

Qatar’s Minister of Health and Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Health, Abdullah bin Khalid Al Qahtani, added, “The ‘National Sports Day’ will provide a great opportunity for the nation to focus on the positive impact of sport. We want to encourage the whole nation to take part in sport and to learn about the health benefits that regular sporting activity can provide.

“With this annual celebration of sport and the whole nation taking part, we can foster a strong sporting culture in Qatar that will create a positive cultural and social legacy for generations to come.”

The launch of the National Sports Day goes hand in hand with the ‘Schools Olympic Programme’, which teaches children the positive spirit of Olympism, fair play and to adopt healthy lifestyles.

Doha is running against Baku, Istanbul, Madrid, Rome and Tokyo to host the 2020 Olympic Games. The final vote will take place September 7th in Buenos Aires at the IOC session.

Keywords · Qatar · Doha 2020 · Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani · Abdullah bin Khalid Al Qahtani

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