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Annual Sports Day with a difference at Hope Qatar

Annual Sports Day with a
difference at Hope Qatar

Tribune News Network
Doha
More than 25 students demonstrated their sporting skills during the recent Annual Sports Day at Hope Qatar centre for the differently-abled children.
Held under the theme ‘Leave No One Behind’, the event saw students with intellectual and physical disabilities expanding their threshold by competing against one another and, more importantly, against their own limitations, in a range of competitive sports and games including races, bowling and relay races, among others.
The event, held at Awsaj Recreation Centre at Qatar Foundation’s (QF) Education City, was attended by parents, well-wishers and leaders of the Qatari as well as expatriate communities.
Machaille al Naimi, president of Community Development of QF, was the guest of honour of the event who declared the games open.
There were also demonstrations of various dance forms, including zumba, as well as of Pound fitness, karate, football and basketball, before the competitive events began. Hope Qatar has incorporated karate, yoga and football as part of its regular programmes for the students with intellectual and physical disabilities studying at the centre.
Speaking to the media, Dr Rajeev Thomas, founder and managing director of HOPE Qatar, said the annual sports day has become an event that the students look forward to as it gives them the opportunity to break free from various challenges that hold them back from achieving their full potential. “It also is a way of showcasing to the general public that, given the right opportunities, individuals with disabilities can do great things. This helps to dispel some of the social stigma attached to the differently abled individuals,” he added.
QF’s Community Development Division was the venue sponsor and Mannai Corporation was the co-sponsor of the event.

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