DOHA, January 30, 2019. School Olympic Program (SOP) basketball competitions in its 12th edition were resumed on Tuesday, January 29.
In Preparatory Boys` event, American Academy team topped the group after winning 13-3 over the Charlemagne International School in the final match. American Academy and Charlemagne International School progressed to the second round.
In Primary Boys` Schools event, DPS Modern Indian School and Doha Academy (Al Waab branch) qualified for the second round after DPS Indian won the final match in their respective group. Also in basketball competitions for the second level, the DPS Modern Indian School progressed to the next round without competing with other school teams due to lack of attendees of primary level two-competitions.
In Primary Girls` Schools event held at the Qatar Women’s Committee, the American Academy edged past Al Manar International School with a score of 6-0 and Awfaz Global School (Izghawa branch) thrashed Step One School 8-0. The Committee to see the best players and annex them to the training center of the Commission.
Dr. Salah Salem, School Olympic Program technical expert, said that the basketball competitions were strong as well as let Program`s officials spot many young talents, especially at primary level one-stage, who in the forthcoming years might play an important role in basketball, pursuing sports carrier.
In a press statement, Dr Salah Salem declared that a high participation level has a significantly positive impact on the general level of competitions and encouraged a convergence between participating schools. He also declared that the next phase would see a greater number of strong competitions not only in basketball, but also in all SOP activities since the SOP competitions had entered crucial stages and all the participants strove to put themselves on the pedestal.
The SOP is held annually as a collaborative effort of Qatar School Sports Federation (QSSF) and Ministry of Education and Higher Education, with hundreds of student athletes competing from all over Qatar.
The SOP committee aims to spread a culture of sports throughout Qatar’s schools and to engage the entire community in active and healthy lifestyles while retaining local values and traditions.