Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, Chairman of Al Sadd Sports Club, Al Sadd Sports Club launched the huge sporting event, Qatar Mega Marathon, in February 2015 in an attempt to enter the Guinness World Records by the most runners participating in a marathon.
During an international press conference that was held on Tuesday 23 December 2014 in its premises and attended by Jassim Al Rumaihi, General Secretary of Al Sadd Sports Club, and Chairman of the organising committee of the marathon, Fahed Al Kuwari, Board Member and a former star of Al Sadd Sports Club along with Guinness World Records Representative. Large number of newspapers, news agencies and TV channels have covered the press conference and a presentation by Muhammed Saadon Al Kuwari, BeIn brilliant host/broadcaster.
The Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Jassim Al Rumaihi, said:
Organising Qatar Mega Marathon represents our commitment to the vision of HH Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State, sheds the light on the importance of sport in the lives of nations and societies, represents our commitment to the Pillars of Qatar National Vision (2030), aiming to an advanced society capable of sustaining its development and providing a high standard of living for all its people. It encourages the spirit of sharing and volunteering in the social events, in order to fulfill the aspect of social responsibility as well as adapting a healthy lifestyle.’
The Qatar Mega Marathon (Run With Qatar) is an international event that will be held for the first time in Qatar and the Arab world, targeting all segments and all ages of the Qatari society. The event will be held on Friday 6 February 2015 and the closing ceremony will be on the National Sports Day, Tuesday 10 February 2015.
The Representative of Guinness World Records, Pravin Patel, attended the press conference. He said:
Guinness is facing a new challenge in Qatar and waiting till 6th February 2015 to declare the final results. Guinness world Records is the universally recognised authority on Breaking Records and the Guinness World’s Book is the best-selling copyrighted title of all time. Our aim is to inspire people and organisations like to do extraordinary things.
Stating that a written statement confirming the organisers professional status and that the distance requirements have been met, Patel continued that the official race results will be acceptable as part of the evidence. In addition, statements from the timekeepers must also be submitted.
The Guinness World Records was first published in 1955 and has sold over 130 million copies in more than 25 languages all over the world.
Al Rumaihi said:
The idea behind organising ‘Qatar Mega Marathon’ is to send a message to the whole world presenting Qatar’s ability to challenge and create miracles. Therefore, we accept the challenge through ‘Qatar Mega Marathon’ to reflect the true image of the State of Qatar to the whole world and to prove that Qatar is the region’s sports capital. Stating that the event is encouraging the youth to participate in sporting events and adapt a healthy lifestyle. We attempt through ‘Qatar Mega Marathon’ to realise a large participation from all segments of the Qatari society and allow Qatar to enter Guinness World Records by the most runners participating in a marathon. The Qatar Mega Marathon embodies the true spirit of sport, which holds respect of winning and losing, durability, patience and challenge. Therefore, the goal we aspire to reach doesn’t stop at breaking the world record. As if we couldn’t break the record, the honour of the attempt will be enough. We will accept the results with sporting spirit and promise to repeat the attempt.’
Board member of Al Sadd Sports Club and a member of the organising committee of the Marathon, Fahed Al Kuwari, asserted on the importance of organising this international event. Al Kuwari said:
Qatar Mega Marathon is an idea came from within Al Sadd Sports Club in accordance with the Club role in Qatar, as one of the Sports institutions, with an objective to group all the Qatari society for a collective participation in “Qatar Mega Marathon. By organising this international event, we aim to present a bright image of our beloved Qatar. We also aim to show Qatar’s ability to defiance and challenge obstacles, as it deserve to be capital of sports. The participation of big numbers of labor and worker who contribute in building the facilities and stadiums of the 2022 World Cup, along with the participants representing all aspects of the Qatari society, national and expatriates. The message is to emphasize on Qatar’s refuse and rejection of discrimination and racism all over the world, and in particular on the Qatari soil, Let us all thank these workers for their contribution with us in the construction of this sports mega buildings and edifices.’
Tthe participation in Qatar Mega Marathon Festival will be open to everybody; along with students, professional athletes from different clubs and workers from all sectors. Al Kuwari added:
There is no doubt, there will be rewards prizes and gifts for the winners. The new thing in Qatar Mega Marathon is that everybody will have an equal chance of receiving prizes through the grand draw to be conducted after the marathon.
Muhammed Saadon Al Kuwari, the BeIn Sports host/broadcaster gave a remarkable presence during his presentation of the press conference that was held on Tuesday 23 December 2014. Al Kuwari said:
Qatar is used to challenge obstacles, create miracles and impress the world in organising sport events and championship. Qatar create history by its success to have the honor to host the 2022 World Cup, and to become the first Arabian and middle-eastern state to have such honor. It is not strange to achieve such success in a country where sports have great attention from the wise leadership, which designated a public holiday as a national day for sport, which shows the leadership’s awareness of the importance of sport.
According to the Chief Public Relations of Qatar Athletics Federation, Rashid Al Ansari, Qatar Athletics Federation will support the marathon and provide referees and technical equipment. Al Ansari said:
A marathon of this huge participation to be held during the National Sports Day confirms our distinctiveness in sports and in line with the vision of Qatar 2030. We are happy to take part in this huge event that takes place in Qatar for the first time. We hope this even achieves the highest degrees of success. We work at Qatar Athletics Federation to provide the appropriate atmosphere for the marathon which is expected to break the records in numbers of participants. Thus, we shall provide all the instruments such as equipment and devices required to produce the best possible image of the marathon. Advanced equipment will be available for the participants and we will contact the International Association in order to send surveyors to map the track of the Marathon and to monitor it with precision. There will be referees and observers, all the technical matters related to the production of the best possible Marathon’s image which shall fit with the desired goals.
Al Rumaihi stated that the organising committee will announce in the next few days about the mechanism of participation in Qatar Mega Marathon, noting that the door of participation will be open to everyone including people with special needs in the marathon.