University of Doha for Science and Technology (UDST) will participate in the ninth edition of the GCC Sports Tournament for Universities and Higher Education Institutes, which begins Saturday. The tournament, taking place until February 10 at Aspire Zone, will host 22 universities and educational institutes from across the GCC region. This year marks UDST's first appearance in the tournament.
UDST teams will compete at football, volleyball, table tennis, track, Padel and swimming events. A total of 45 athletes from the university will compete across these six sports, with a mix of students from the College of Engineering Technology, College of Business Management, College of Computing and Information Technology and College of Health Sciences.
Staying in the dedicated Games Village for the duration of the tournament, they will experience the truly international and cultural spirit of the event. The UDST delegation also has coaches and administration and leadership support from the Sport and Wellness Department. "Sport plays a major role in UDST's well-being strategy and is an important pillar of the university," president Dr Salem Al-Naemi said.
"Our sports programmes and services have been recognised by the International University Sports Federation International Healthy Campus Programme as first in the GCC region, and the university is proud to have been awarded platinum status. As the nation’s first applied university, this is one of the many ways we give our students an immersive educational experience, " he added.
At UDST, the men’s and women's varsity teams for multiple sports compete in both intercollegiate and community leagues, and tournaments across Qatar. The University FITClub programme is the biggest club on campus offering one-on-one consultations, nutrition advice and exercise programming. Students can take advantage of state-of-the-art sport and wellness facilities including swimming pools, sports halls, tennis courts, turf and natural grass football pitches, an international calibre cricket ground and practice cages, indoor and outdoor padel-tennis courts, and a beach volleyball court – all of which are available to the public.
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