This year, Qatar National Sports Day will fall on Tuesday, 9 February. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s sports day events will be conducted outdoors.

Spectators will still be allowed to attend sporting events but must wear face masks at all times and adhere to physical distancing – at least 1.5 m from other spectators in all directions. Spectator capacity should also not exceed 30% of the total outdoor seating capacity.

This will be the 10th National Sports Day.

Here are Five Things You should know about National Sports Day:

Held annually on the second Tuesday in February

National Sports day is a public national holiday held annually on the second Tuesday in February, with the main objective of promoting a healthy lifestyle nationwide. It’s unknown why the holiday is slotted that way.

One of the first countries to dedicate a day for sports

Qatar is one of the first and few countries in the world to dedicate a day for sports, including Japan, Malaysia, Iran and India. It’s the first and only country in the Arab world and the MENA region to have a national holiday dedicated to sports.

The first Qatar National Sport Day

People across Qatar celebrated the country’s first National Sports Day on 14 February 2012, which was marked by an invigorating morning walk along Doha Corniche in the presence of the Father Amir, HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and HH Sheikha Moza. A variety of activities aimed at promoting health and fitness took place across the country.

It’s all about healthy living 

The entire country is encouraged to get out and participate in a range of fitness activities happening all across the city. This event emphasises the importance of sports and promotes awareness among members of the community about the importance of sport and its role in the lives of individuals and communities. It also aims to consolidate exercising sports as a daily healthy behaviour.

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