ISF President cheering for running kids in Qatar

ISF Delegation Observes National Qatar Sports Day

13 Feb, Doha, Qatar – During this year’s National Qatar Sports Day, ISF President Laurent Petrynka, along with ISF CSO/CFO Bilall Bahia and ISF Academy Director Romain Fermon, was invited by the Qatar School Sport Association and Qatar Foundation, participated the Schools Olympic program – Qatar Sports Day.

Thousands of school children ran to celebrate the importance of physical activity and sport at school.

On this occasion, President Petrynka met with the QSSA President His Excellency Sheikh Khalifa bin Khalid Al-Thani, and Qatar Foundation authorities represented by Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser and Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani.

President Petrynka states: “We were honoured to be invited for this important event by QSSA President his Excellency Sheikh Khalifa bin Khalid Al-Thani.”

“Qatar Sports Day is a fantastic way to highlight the importance of physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. It’s a national day that’s marked by schools across the country, with educational programs and events to inspire a rising generation of future athletes.” says Petrynka, “As I've seen, the day is a huge success, and it's a family event where parents and children enjoy a range of sporting activities together.” ‘’ This official invitation we received is also a sign that Qatar aims to strongly develop the PE, Sports, and Physical Activity culture from the schools. We are looking forward to further collaborate with the Qatar authorities and institutions to support their ambitious vision’.’

Qatar is one of the few countries in the world to dedicate a national day to sports. The first National Sports Day in Qatar was declared in 2012 by then the Deputy Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

Schools, offices, and shops are closed for the day to create an opportunity for everyone to join in physical activities and initiate the effort to stay healthy. The occasion encompasses events for people of all ages and abilities, education around sports and its importance, as well as special appearances by sporting stars.

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