|The Secretary-General of Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) HE Sheikh Saoud bin Abdurrahman al-Thani hailed the development in the sport sector in the State of Qatar under the wise leadership of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.|
In a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA) on the occasion of Qatar National Day, HE the QOC Secretary-General said the State of Qatar is celebrating the National Day this year while still continuing in its comprehensive development process in all fields in accordance with the vision of the wise leadership and government in order to achieve prosperity and welfare for Qatar and its people.
He extended thanks and gratitude to HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and HH the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al -Thani for their efforts and prominent role in the progress and development of the sports sector in Qatar, and praised Their Highnesses’ wise directives and continued follow-up which made Qatar occupies a distinct position in the worldof sports.
He said Qatar National Vision 2030 reflects the great interest paid by Qatar to the comprehensive and sustainable development of the society, among which the sports sector comes in the priorities, noting that the strategy of the sports sector for the period 2011-2016 aims to fulfil the National Vision through the achievement of three goals: increase community participation in sport, improve the planning of public and specialisd sports facilities, and increase and improve the process of building and management of sporting talents.
He noted that Qatar Olympic Committee was keen to activate the strategy of sports through the variety of activities and event organised throughout the year to encourage the community to exercise and promote the concept of sport for all and Sports for Life, and by increasing the number of sports facilities such as Al-Furjan playgrounds.
The Olympic Committee opened Al-Wukair developed playgrounds Project this year. The QOC Secretary-General said Al-Wukair playground, which covers an area of 10 thousand square meters, is the first model of the advanced playgrounds which include football, volleyball, basketball and handball playgrounds in addition walking track, gymnasium hall, mosque, cafeteria and security room.
All playgrounds were designed to be environment-friendly playgrounds saving energy and natural resources.
He underlined that working was continuing to establish new playgrounds like Al-Wukair in other areas, in addition to the establishment of four women sports centers including sports and social facilities for women such as swimming pools, gymnasiums, health centers, walking tracks, nursery centers, cafeterias and mosques.
The QOC is also working on developing the headquarters of sports clubs, specifically the outdoor facilities, in order to provide the opportunity for everyone to do various sports activities, the QOC secretary-general said. He noted that the sports sector achieved this year many accomplishments.
The State of Qatar hosted more than 30 international championships, and is looking forwards to organise 50 international championships per year. He expressed pleasure for Qatar’s winning of the hosting rights of the AIBA2015 World Boxing Championships and the 2015 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships.
The QOC secretary-general hailed the achievements of the national teams and Qatari athletes at the international level like the Qatari track and field athlete Mutaz Essa Barshim who this year clinched the silver medal in high jump at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow 2013, soared over 2.40m to set a new Asian High Jump record at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene, and won the Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award.
Meanwhile, Qatar’s national handball team claimed the gold medal of the Second Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, China, to secure a place at the Youth Olympic Games to be held in China in 2014.
Concluding, Sheikh Saoud stressed the keenness and determination of the Qatari athletes to exert every effort to maintain Qatar’s high position in the various international forums. QNA / Gulf Times