All photos of Aspire Zone activities by Baba Tamim
Thousands of people thronged to the Aspire Zone and other hotspots around Qatar to mark the fifth annual National Sport Day.
Windy weather aside, many said they enjoyed the wide range of activities set up at Katara Cultural Village, the Pearl-Qatar, Aspire Zone and other places.
The MOI has been tweeting pictures of an event for people with special needs:
MoI joins sports activities for people with special needs on National Sports Day #NSD2016 #MoI_Qatar pic.twitter.com/Xhz4tm9H2v
— Ministry of Interior (@MOI_QatarEn) February 9, 2016
A whole host of runners took part in the annual Doha Dash at the Losail circuit. Participants had a choice of the 10km, 5km, 3km & Mini Dash for kids:
@dohadash #5km You Can Do It! @iloveqatar 🏃🏃🏃#NSD2016 pic.twitter.com/cC9ASLZNBe
— ILoveQatar – Live (@ILQLive) February 9, 2016
Meanwhile, a beach at The Pearl-Qatar has been turned into a venue for the area’s celebrations:
National Sports Day in The Pearl ( Doha, Qatar) @QF . Sport everyday, keeps the doctor away!! pic.twitter.com/s8NhQ52ZC5
— Gonzalo Rodriguez García 🇪🇸🇲🇽 (@rggonzalo) February 9, 2016
Over at Asian Town in the Industrial Area, Qatar’s Minister of Culture and Sports Salah bin Ghanem al-Ali used the occasion to express his appreciation for all those who have helped to build the country:
The minister of Culture & Sport, Mr Salah, gives his Thanks and Appreciation to all the laborers in Qatar @MOCSQatar pic.twitter.com/9ZKzuTR9Mn
— SeeMyCulture (@seemyculture) February 9, 2016
nstagram user Juma Al Mohanadi posted this image of events at Katara, where visitors are being treated to Karate demonstrations, wrestling, weightlifting, sailing, basketball, table tennis and rugby.
Speaking to Doha News at the Aspire Zone, Muhammad Jarallah expressed pride in Qatar for hosting such a day, saying:
“On this day we get together with rest of the citizens and expats and play sports. We want to show the world how important sports (is) to us. It’s good for both body and brain and the community.”
How has your day been so far?