As part of SOP in its current 12th edition, Primary school basketball competitions of the second level continued at Al-Ittihad Hall, Al Gharafa Sports Club. These matches resulted in the qualification of the Philippine International school and Gulf English school for the second round of competitions after they had taken first and second places in the group respectively. The last match witnessed the victory of Gulf English school over the American Academy with a score 12:2 what resulted in Gulf English school winning second place in the group and qualifying for the next round. The basketball competitions showed strong performance and were attended by various clubs’ coaches as well as technical staff of multiple national teams of different age groups. They all gathered together for observing young players to select the best of them for the future sound careers in national clubs that follows one of the SOP objectives.
In volleyball competitions of Public Preparatory schools a number of dramatic matches were held at Al-Ittihad Hall, Al Arabi Sport Club. The competitions resulted in the victory of Hamza Bin Abdul Muttalib school over Abu Obaida school; Mohammed bin Jassim Al Thani school over Khalid bin Ahmed school, Abu Obaida school over Al-Jemailiya school, and Khaled Bin Ahmed school over Al Yarmouk school. Many SOP and Qatar Volleyball Federation representatives attended the volleyball competitions. These officials pay great attention to the competitions where many talented youths are participating now and will become members of the national clubs.
On the other hand, the SOP Organizing Committee, headed by HE Rabia Al Kaabi, decided to stop the SOP competitions temporary starting from next week and will continue when first semester’ holidays end.
This decision comes from the SOP Organizing Committee’s commitment to meet interests of SOP participants in focusing on the examinations so that Olympic Program competitions would not harm their educational attainment.