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'Sport and Family' is new theme of Schools Olympic Program in Qatar

2011-07-25

The Qatar Olympic Committee announced that the fifth Schools Olympic Program (SOP) for the academic year 2011-2012 will be staged under the theme "Sport and Family".
The selection of this theme highlights the strong relation between sports and family. Where sport is a social institution that helps family achieve the target of educational objectives and increase the productivity of individuals in several aspects.

Around 344 participants from QOC employees submitted their proposals through a voting process to select the new theme for the fifth SOP among three theme "Sport and Family", "Sport and Peace" and "Sport and Energy".

SOP is a pioneer idea that came in response to the prestigious initiative of HH Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Heir Apparent and President of QOC in an attempt to link sports activities with others, beside encouraging school students to practice sport as an integral part of their daily life.

The SOP was launched in the academic year 2007-2008 under theme of "Sport For Health", then theme was changed in the academic year 2008-2009 to be "Sport and Environment". The 2009-2010 edition of SOP was held under the theme of "Sport and culture"., as the fourth edition 2010-2011 was staged under the theme "Sport and Education".

The Program is an annual event jointly organised by Qatar Olympic Committee and the Supreme Education Council with participation of all Schools in the country to compete in nine sports including, Athletics, football, volleyball, basketball, handball, table-tennis, fencing, gymnastics and swimming.

The formation of School Sport Federation earlier in April last year was an outcome of the commendable objectives of Schools Olympic Program.

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