With only one day to go to the start of Qatar’s National Sport Day 2016 on 9 February, the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) is encouraging all residents to make the most of Qatar’s sport-dedicated public holiday by celebrating Olympic year with all the family.

Speaking ahead of the start of NSD 2016, Secretary General of the QOC HE Dr Thani Al Kuwari said:

Qatar is one of the few countries in the world with a national holiday dedicated to sport. We encourage all residents to take advantage of this unique opportunity to participate in sports and set their life on a healthier track whilst having fun with their family and friends. With the Rio 2016 Olympic Games around the corner, we call on all of Qatar’s residents to be a part of the Olympic spirit – regardless of age and ability – and to unite in a shared passion for sport and #BeOlympic.’

The QOC are offering three lucky winners the opportunity to win an iPad on National Sport Day. Simply take a photo of yourself participating in any of the sporting activities taking place across Qatar and post it on social media with the hashtag #BeOlympic and tag the QOC. The three photos that best display the Olympic spirit will win.

The QOC have teamed up with the United Development Company to organise a host of activities for all ages on the Lido Venezia Beach in the Qanat Quartier of The Pearl. From 9am to 4pm the beachfront will come alive with sport, entertainment and competitions. Activities will include football, volleyball, basketball, fitness classes, an outdoor gym, an inflatable human foosball and wall climbing, plus many more.

Children participate in horse riding

To mark Doha’s hosting of the 2016 UCI Road World Championships, there will be an opportunity for visitors to the Lido Venezia activity area to win a brand new bike. Cycling fans will also be able to watch the Tour of Qatar travel through The Pearl between 1-3pm, during which time the roads to and from The Pearl will be closed.

Qatar’s National Sport Federations will also be organising activities throughout Qatar in areas such as Katara Cultural Village, the Corniche, Aspire Park and Al-Gharafa. Qatar’s residents will have an opportunity to try over 30 different sports which range from sailing, boxing and handball to karate, gymnastics and para-sport. The full list of NSD activities and their location can be found on QOC’s website.

National Sport Day is an annual event celebrated across Qatar on the second Tuesday of February. Qatar is one of the only countries in the world to have a public holiday dedicated to sport and it aims to bring the nation together in a shared celebration of sport and inspire people to lead active and healthy lifestyles.

For more information, visit olympic.qa