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  • 'Sport and Family' is the new theme of Schools Olympic Program


    07/04/11

    ‘Sport and Family’ has been chosen by the Qatar Olympic Committee as a new theme for the fifth edition of the Schools Olympic Program (SOP).

    The theme highlights significant relation between sports and family, where sport plays a role in helping families achieve their objectives and elevates the efficiency of an individual.

    The selection was done through a voting process, with participation of about 344 QOC employees. ‘Sport and Family’ outdone other options: ‘Sport and Peace’ and ‘Sport and Energy’.

    SOP is a pioneer initiative of HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, who is also the President of QOC in an attempt to connect sports, and encourage school students to practice sport as an integral part of their daily life.

    After the launch in 2007 under the theme ‘Sport For Health’, SOP received an overwhelming response from local and international dignitaries.

    The theme of 2008-2009 edition changed to ‘Sport and Environment’, while the 2009-2010 edition was under the banner ‘Sport and Culture’, and the following under ‘Sport and Education’.

    The Program is an annual event jointly organised by the Qatar Olympic Committee and the Supreme Education Council.

    All local schools participate in the event and the students compete in athletics, football, volleyball, basketball, handball, table-tennis, fencing, gymnastics and swimming.

    The formation of School Sport Federation in April last year was an outcome of the commendable success of the Schools Olympic Program.

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