Dr Deepak Mittal, Ambassador of India to Qatar, recently inaugurated Indian Sports Centre's Year of Sports campaign at a ceremony held at the Integrated Indian Cultural Center premises in Thumama.
Indian Sports Centre (ISC), an apex body under the patronage of the Indian embassy, launched the campaign to promote the message of the 'Fit India Movement,' which aims at promoting sports activities and healthy lifestyles. Throughout the campaign, ISC will also showcase the Indian expatriate community's support for Qatar's hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The event witnessed the unveiling of the Year of Sports logo, in addition to the launch of the ISC's official website, www.iscqatar.qa – and the cutting of a ceremonial cake. Felicitation video messages from prominent Indian sports celebrities namely, Kapil Dev, GE Shridharan, IM Vijayan, Prannoy HS and Asif Saheer were played on the screen. The event was streamed live to the public via Zoom and Facebook.
Dr Mittal spoke of the sporting values that unite people and the emphasis placed on sport by both India and Qatar. He commended ISC for taking the initiative to support the Indian government's 'Fit India Movement' through the campaign, and urged the expatriate community to participate in the activities wholeheartedly.
Hassan Chougule, ISC president, addressed the gathering and explained the story behind ISC's foundation. E P Abdulrahman co-ordinated the event while Sharaf P Hameed welcomed the gathering. Nisha Agrawal proposed the vote of thanks. Xavier Dhanaraj, First Secretary at Embassy of India; P N Baburajan, president of ICBF; Azim Abbas, president of IBPC; sponsors, members of ISC advisory council and presidents of ISC associate organisations were also present on the occasion.
ISC officials namely, Safeer Rahman, Ashique Ahmed, Ravi Shankar, Arun Kumar, T S Sreenivas and Shivani Mishra, who will co-ordinate the upcoming Year of Sports activities, were also present. The activities will include mini marathon, cycling, futsal, volleyball, lawn cricket, soccer ball juggling, cricket ball juggling, upper & lower arm challenge, zumba, yoga, meditation, fitness challenge, rapid chess, online sports quiz, swimming, carrom, beach volleyball, sevens football, table tennis and more than 30 other competitions and programmes.