Qatar University (QU) has hosted an event celebrating National Sport Day (NSD) 2021. The event aims to enhance community members' awareness of the importance of sport and its impact on an individual’s life.
This year, the QU celebrated this occasion under the slogan 'Sport Unites Us' virtually via the Webex platform as part of the coronavirus (Covid-19) precautionary measures.
In his statement on the occasion, QU president Dr Hassan al-Derham said: “National Sport Day is a significant national occasion, in which we spotlight activities that enrich Qatari society in terms of sports, health and social development.”
“The university recognises the importance of this national event since its launch and has organised a number of activities to encourage an interactive, active and healthy community,” Dr Hassan added. “The State of Qatar, which is to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, has provided all means of practising sports of various kinds through the stadiums equipped in accordance with the best international standards, public squares for practising sports and other modern equipment.”
He urged university employees and community members to practise sports regularly and throughout the year to make it a way of life.
In her speech on the occasion, Asma al-Nuaimi, the director of the Sports Affairs Department, said: “We are delighted with the enthusiasm that we find from all segments of society regarding Sport Day.
“Celebrating this day on the state level has created a sports culture among the community, as we have seen with university students and staff.
“Without neglecting precautionary measures, we have organised various events to commemorate this day and to preserve the health of the community.”
QU Student Affairs vice-president Dr Eiman Mustafawi stressed the importance of celebrating this day annually, emphasising the State’s concern for the health of citizens and residents and its tireless efforts to serve the community by providing sports facilities that enable everyone to exercise safely.
The NSD activities at the QU included many sports activities coached by professionals, targeting both females and males.
The activities included aerobics, yoga and resistance training, among many others.