DOHA, February 7, 2019. On Wednesday the Organizing Committee of the Schools Olympic Program (SOP) organized competitions of the Special day for children with special needs, at Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium, Qatar Sports Club.
Apart from students from the schools-participants, the event was attended by representatives of different institutions. Among them were H.E. Jassem Rashid Al Buainain, Secretary-General of Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), Khalil Al Jaber, Director of Sports Affairs in QOC, H.E. Rabia Al Kaabi, President of Qatar School Sports Association (QSSA) as well as Dr Salah Salem, SOP Technical Expert.
A total of 76 schools from different parts of Doha are reported to take part in the various SOP competitions. All the participants showed their best, striving to get on the podium.
The Special day draws great attention of the Qatar Paralympic Committee which seizes this opportunity to discover the talents and sponsor them to join the national teams, in order to participate in various Paralympics games, in which Qatar has made great achievements.
The Special day, organized within Schools Olympic Program, is an annual event which aims to attracts people’ attention to the problems faced by children with special needs.The two-day event for both girls and boys proved a high technical level shown by all the participants what will enable the very best of them later on to enter Qatar national teams.
In his statement to press, Khalil Al Jaber, Director of Sports Affairs of QOC, praised the continious success of the Schools Olympic Program, which has always been an important source of new young talents for the national clubs and related sports federations what gives these talented boys and girls an opportunuty to compete not only at local, nut also at regional, continental and international levels. Khalil Al Jaber also stated that SOP is a result of cooperation of various organizations such as Qatar Olympic Committee, Ministry of Education and Higher Education and different sports associations.
Bisides, Director of Sports Affairs of QOC, highlighted the strategic role of the Schools Olympic Program and extended his wishes of success and good luck to all the participants.
Hamad Al Manai, QSSA Board Member, was positively impressed by a large number of participating schools and the general level of SOP competitions. Hamad Al Manai added that felt absolutely happy about what was going on during the Special day since sport activities is believed to always bring people together, unite and encourage them for achieving new results.
The organization of the Special day for student with special needs aims to develop the capabilities of this category through the Schools Olympic Program, which is a means of change in the society that goes beyond being a sports event to be a social, cultural and health event.
H.E. President of QSSA Rabia Al Kaabi praised the activities held on this Special day which represents a valuable part of our society, that has been keen on taking active part in life of community, being effective and achieving remarkable successes.
H.E. Rabia Al Kaabi added that champions with special needs have achieved many successes and accomplishments through their participation in different foreign tournaments, stressing that the Schools Olympic Program is keen to allocate the Special day for their competitions. QSSA President extended this «thank you» words to all the participants and organizers of this event, saying that QSSA will spare no effort to held such events on a regular basis and attract more participants in the future.
Nasser Al Maliki, QOC Board Member, noticed the unique ambience of the SOP Special day and marked out the society’dedication to take a better care of these children with special needs and to make them happier.
In his turn, Schools Olympic Program Technical expert Dr Salah Salem stressed that the Special day represents a greater opportunity to bring joy and bright emotions to the lives of all the participants. All the students performed well, demonstrating their energy and willingness to win. Dr Salah Salem considers an annual organization of the Special day a good tradition of SOP. He concluded his speech with words of recognition to all who made this event so positive and successful.