The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) and transport and communications entities on Tuesday marked National Sport Day 2020, by organising various events and sports activities for employees and their families.
The celebrations were held at Al Bidda Park under the slogan "Be Active", MoTC was joined by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA), Qatar Aeronautical College (QAC), Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani Qatar), Mowasalat (Karwa), Qatar Rail, Qatar National Broadband Network (Qnbn), Qatar Navigation (Milaha), New Port Project (NPP) Steering Committee, QTerminals and Mada - Qatar Assistive Technology Center.
The event opened with exercising walking and some women's exercises, followed by several sporting activities like football and basketball in addition to sporting and entertaining activities for all age groups.
The event also featured several group games like tug of war, interfamilial challenges, mind games and folklore games for kids.
On this occasion, Adviser to the Minister, Hassan al-Hail said, "National Sport Day reflects the wise leadership's vision for human and society development. The day represents an important message for making sport an integral part of the culture and lifestyle of individuals and society, as well as an investment in the human capital."
He emphasized ministry's keenness to take part in National Sport Day along with transportation and communications organisations to raise awareness of the importance of sport and its key role in community development and welfare, and to promote the practice of sport amongst all people to become part of a healthy lifestyle.
MoTC's participation translates the vision of partnership with all state entities to promote sport to help build healthy individuals capable of contributing to the process of development and to the Qatar National Vision 2030 where the human element is the most important pillar, al-Hail added.
For his part, CAA President Abdulla bin Nasser Turki al-Subaey said that this initiative contributes to the dedication of sports community concepts and reinforce Qatar's position as a pioneer in the sports field, pointing to what this initiative has achieved over the past eight years, to establish a sport culture and raise awareness among various groups of society of its importance in maintaining a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
He added: "Because we believe in the important role of developing and maintaining a person's physical, mental and professional abilities, we are keen to actively participate in the activities of National Day organised by the MoT C annually, because of our belief in the role of sports activity in strengthening social partnership within the work environment, as well as the importance of participating in sports teams which enhance communication and partnership between employees of different agencies and institutions, which reflects positively on increasing productivity, ensuring welfare and achieving development."
"National Sport Day is an annual reminder to the people of Qatar of the importance of sports and healthy lifestyle. CRA ensures to annually participate and engage the employees and their families in the related activities by educating them about the importance of healthy eating and exercise for individuals and society and in reducing health risks associated with a low-mobility lifestyle. Besides, we take advantage of the sports activities to strengthen teamwork spirit among our employees, so we work together towards achieving our main goal of developing the information and communications technology and postal sectors in Qatar," said CRA president Mohamed Ali al-Mannai.
QAC director general Sheikh Jabr bin Hamad al-Thani said, "Qatar paid great attention to sports and physical activity and made it one of the priorities and center of interest. The government raised the nation’s awareness to practicing sport activities and insists on how essential it is to save the health of the citizen and the resident alike."
Qnbn chief executive officer Dr Ahmed Salman Alsulaiti said, "The allocation of a day to sport reflects Qatar’s vision of interest in a healthier community by promoting the importance of sport and values of sport for its positive reflection on the safety and health of the individual, in line with National Vision of Qatar 2030."
Mwani Qatar chief executive officer Captain Abdulla Mohamed al-Khanji commented, "The wide participation on National Sport Day shows the increasing awareness of members of the community to the importance of exercise and its positive impact on health. This confirms the success of the objectives that our wise leadership planned to achieve by allocating an annual day for sport to build a healthy and strong society."
"Every year, Milaha celebrates this special occasion to demonstrate its unwavering commitment to the advancement of our nation's vision and long-term goals," said Milaha president and CEO Abdulrahman Issa al-Mannai.
"This year, we have partnered with the MoTC to promote our shared values and further bolster human development, a key pillar of our National Vision 2030."