As the countdown to the 2018 Asian Games begins, Team Qatar united with 300 schoolchildren to participate in an inspirational Fun Run around Doha’s Aspire Park recently. The event, organised by 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 and bring all its countries together through sport.
QOC was led by Secretary General Jassim Al Buenain, who said they were proud to see the legacy of the 2006 Asian Games still in action as young athletes joined Team Qatar to spread the spirit of the Asian Games and contribute to the biggest sports gathering in Asia.
The QOC is honoured to have supported the OCA in this initiative as we join together with all other Olympic Committees in Asia to unite our continent and inspire our future generations through sport. I would like to pass our sincere thanks to Aspire Zone for, as always, being a fantastic host and first-class venue for today’s event, to Al Meera Group for their support and contribution, and finally to the Qatar Armed Forces Band Regiment for being a lively addition to our Fun Run.’
The Fun Run comes 11 years after Doha hosted the 2006 Asian Games, which at the time was the biggest sporting event ever to be hosted in the Middle East and kick-started Doha’s significant sporting development on multiple levels. Examples include the development of state-of-the-art facilities such as the Anti-Doping Laboratory Qatar and Aspetar, the introduction of pioneering initiatives including the Schools Olympic Programme and National Sport Day, the hosting of multiple major sports events, and the production of a new generation of athletes achieving success on the global stage.
Many of Team Qatar’s world-class athletes will be competing in the 2018 Asian Games and looking to build on their excellent success in 2014 when Qatar won ten gold and four bronze medals, finishing 10th in the overall medals table.
Among the Team Qatar athletes in attendance were Paralympian Mohammed Al Kubaisi together with his team mates, World Champion 3×3 basketball player Yaseen Ismail and members of Qatar’s Fencing team.
The Doha Fun Run was the fourth to be hosted following events in Lahore, Dhakar and Dubai. The Fun Run will travel next to Lebanon on 25 February. The Asian Games is the second largest multi-sport event in the world with over 10 thousand athletes from 45 countries competing in 40 sports across 462 events. The 2018 edition will take place in Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia from 18 August until 2 September.
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