(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
DOHA: Minister of Development Planning and Statistics H E Dr Saleh bin Mohammed Al Nabit, Qatar University (QU) President Dr Hassan Al Derham, staff, faculty, students and their families joined yesterday in observing the annual National Sport Day.
Through its Sports and Recreation Section in the Student Activities Department, QU conducted a series of sporting and fitness events on its campus and at Katara.
The activities headlined '#sports_unite_us aimed to promote sports and healthy lifestyles throughout the community. They were organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics, Community College of Qatar (CCQ), Internal Security Force (Lekhwiya), and Katara, the official host. At QU Women's Sports Hall, QU female students and staff participated in fitness and aerobics activities.
At Katara, the activities programme included physical and fitness training for kids and adults, as well as sports and health awareness activities. A sideline exhibition featured health booths presented by members from QU College of Health Sciences and QU Sport Science Program in conjunction with QU Physiotherapy and Sport Injuries Section at the Student Activities Department.
Visitors were provided with information on sportive and healthy lifestyles, fitness, and nutrition, as well as free testing of vital signs and body composition. A booth for women was presented by QU female coaches with the aim to raise awareness on the importance of physical activity for women.
Also on the programme were self-defense and equestrian performances and cross-fit activities presented by Lekhwiya, as well as various sports activities that suit all ages organized by CCQ and supervised by student volunteers.
Dr Hassan Al Derham said: 'Qatar University is keen to strengthen its presence in the local community. To achieve this, the University has built a large number of partnerships and collaborations with government institutions. Our participation in the National Sports Day highlights our commitment to raise community awareness about the importance of sports in the daily life and health-related issues.
CCQ President Dr Ibrahim bin Saleh Al Naimi said: 'We are pleased to participate in the events of the National Sports Day for the third consecutive year. This participation plays an important role in driving forward the partnership between governmental institutions and organizations from civil society. QU VP for Student Affairs Dr Khalid Al Khanji said: 'The celebration of the National Sports Day is part of QU's ongoing efforts to raise community awareness about the importance of physical activity to boost the learning process. This event brings people of all ages to interact together.
It also highlights QU's mission to shape a healthy generation physically and mentally by encouraging them to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
QU Student Services and Activities Director Mr Abdulla Al-Yafei said: 'The National Sports Day reflects the spirit of cooperation and collaboration among community members. The event is also considered as a good opportunity for students to unlock their skills and demonstrate their teamwork, volunteerism, and leadership.
Manager of Sports and Recreation Activities at QU Student Activities Department, Asmaa Al Naemi said: 'We are pleased to attract each year a huge number of visitors to our booths that we present in cooperation with partners from QU community and the wider community. Our sports experts and volunteers were on hand to provide visitors with vital signs tests and fitness advices.
Aquatic Center Section Head at QU Student Activities Department Mr Walid Dessouki said: 'This event serves to strengthen links between various entities of society and to highlight the importance of collaboration and teamwork.