300 schoolchildren to take part in ‘Fun Run’ at Aspire Park today

 08 Feb 2018 - 12:15

300 schoolchildren to take part in ‘Fun Run’ at Aspire Park today
Officials during a press conference.

By Amna Pervaiz Rao | The Peninsula

DOHA: Team Qatar united 300 schoolchildren to participate in an inspirational ‘Fun Run’ today at Aspire Park at 9.30am.

The event organised by the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) in coordination with the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) is part of an official Asian Games Fun Run programme being held across Asia to promote the continent’s biggest sporting event.

During a press conference, QOC Secretary General Jassim Al Buenain said: “As directed by HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, the QOC President, we are delighted to support the Olympic Council of Asia in its promotional campaign for the 18th Asian Games which will be held this year in Indonesia by organising the Fun Run event tomorrow at Aspire Park. 300 schoolchildren will participate in the event, joined by our own Team Qatar champions”

“We carry beautiful memories from the 2006 Asian Games which were hosted in Qatar and we are very proud of the legacy it left for us. This legacy had a great impact on the development of the sport movement in the country that has now become a global sport hub,” he added.

In a message from the OCA President, Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah said: “Asian Games promotes Fun and Friendship around the continent. 18th Asian Games will be taking place in Indonesia in August 2018,but the fun starts in Doha. There is much more to the Asian Games than just gold, silver and bronze medals. There is friendship, team spirit and camaraderie, all qualities that are in evidence at our Asian Games Fun Runs around the continent.”

“Starting from August 18 to September 2, 2018, some 10,000 athletes from 45 National Olympic Committees will be competing in 40 sports and 462 events in the co-host cities of Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia. Qatar has played its role by participating in Asian Games Fun Run,” he added.

In addition to 300 school children, QOC employees, Qatari team athletes, OCA rep. Director General Husain Al Musallam will attended the Fun Run.

“Jointly, teams from the Qatar Olympic Committee and the Olympic Council of Asia prepared are working together to organise the promotional event “Fun Run” for the 18th Asian Games. 300 schoolchildren, professional athletes, Qatari Artists are invited to participate in this special event which includes two running competitions, one for 2kms for the students, and the other for 1 km for the rest of the participants,” said Director of the QOC Sport Affairs Dept, Khaleel Al Jaber.

On Qatar’s preparations for the Asian Games in Indonesia he said:”The National Sport Federations have already started last year to prepare very well for the Games. 500 female and male athletes are expected to participate in the upcoming edition. Qatar have achieved 10 gold medals in the 2014 Asian Games and the QOC is working closely with its sport federations to achieve more in this year’s event.”

The series of runs are organised to raise awareness of the Asian Games.The first Fun Run event was hosted by Pakistan NOC in December 7th 2017.The 18th Asian Games will take plan from August 18 to September 2, 2018 with ten thousand athletes from 45 countries in 40 sports and 462 events. 

Doha’s Fun Run will be the fourth to be hosted so far following events in Lahore, Dhakar and Dubai.Team Qatar athletes to compete at the Asian Games also joined the schoolchildren today for the run. 

Al Musallam thanked H.E Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani for hosting this important event to the Olympic Council of Asia to help promote for the 18th Asian Games which will take place from 18th August to the 2 September. 

Al Musallam said: “Qatar hosting this event reminds us of hosting the 15th Asian Games in 2006 in Doha which had a great positive impact on the sport movement not only in Qatar, but in the Middle East.”

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