Katara -- The Cultural Village Foundation received on Tuesday a large number of visitors from different nationalities and all walks of life who took part in various activities held to mark the National Sport Day (NSD).
Around 64 entities from the private and public sector, including 11 ministries, 10 sport federations and 24 health and food establishments conducted various activities. The focus was on engaging the public on an active lifestyle with varied games and sports activities appealing to the young and old. The activities started as early as 8am at various parts of Katara, in particular the beach area.
Besides the big turnout, a considerable number of ministers, senior officials and dignitaries took part in Katara's activities, including HE the Minister of Development Planning and Statistics Dr Saleh Mohamed Salem al-Nabit, HE the Minister of Energy and Industry Dr Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada, HE the Minister of State Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kuwari, HE the Former Minister of Justice Hassan bin Abdullah al-Ghanim, and Qatar University president Dr Hassan Rashid al-Derham, in addition to other senior officials.
A dragon boat event in progress at Katara.
Katara general manager Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Sulaiti pointed out that Katara has been keen to organise a variety of activities for the NSD in co-operation with various government and private entities to promote an active and healthy lifestyle among people, and out of its belief that sport is good for the well-being of the society.
The Qatar Armed Forces organised a number of activities that appealed to the visitors at Katara and encouraged them, especially the young visitors, to try shooting, jumping, and table tennis, among others. Free medical checkups and assistance were also available throughout the day.
Hamad Medical Corporation conducted a number of activities focusing on promoting health awareness with free basic medical tests such as measurement of blood pressure, blood sugar, and checkups for heart and lung diseases. The anti-tobacco clinic urged smokers to register for receiving help in quitting smoking.
Many sport associations conducted a variety of activities under the supervision of specialised trainers to introduce the public to games such as volleyball, boxing, judo, karate and other games.
Katara provided the visitors with all possible means of convenience to enjoy a hassle-free day starting with parking assistance, free water and refreshments at various locations, ambulances and medical services.