The National Sports Day Committee has announced that all group sports activities and events to mark the National Sports Day this year will be held outdoors, after coordination with the Ministry of Public Health.
This came in accordance with the Cabinet decision and in coordination with the Ministry of Public Health regarding the requirements and guidelines for sports activities and events in place to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the committee said in a statement on Sunday.
The statement explained that the number of participants in a single event must not exceed 15 vaccinated people, while they must not exceed five if they did not complete the vaccination doses, such as children under 12, provided that they show a negative COVID-19 result through the rapid antigens test within 24 hours before participating. Everyone must adhere to the safe distance of at least one meter all the time during the activity.
The committee called on all members of society who practice sports to adhere to the preventive measures, noting the possibility of using all sports training devices in parks, sports tracks and all other places, in accordance with the decisions of the Ministry of Public Health in this regard.
The committee also stressed the need to commit not to share personal items, such as drinking bottles. Hand sanitizer sites must be available in all activity areas.
The National Sports Day Committee emphasized the need for all participants to download the Ehteraz application. Only those who appear to have a “Green” health state on the app will be allowed to participate, while those infected will not be allowed to participate unless they have fully recovered and have obtained a negative result in the PCR test or the rapid antigen test, and spent seven days after the infection.
The committee recommends that non-vaccinated groups, especially people over 60 years old and people with chronic diseases, do not participate in the activities for their safety; and highlighted the importance that participants in the National Sports Day events practice their activities in a way that achieves the desired goals and ensures the preservation of public health and safety for all.
Celebrating a National Sports Day in the State of Qatar every year aims at promoting sports which has moral and human values and many health benefits, and raising awareness among citizens and residents of the importance of practicing sports in daily life and encouraging them to practice it throughout the year.
Qatar celebrated the National Sports Day for the first time in Feb. 2012, after the issuance of Amiri Decision No 80 of 2011 which stipulated that the second Tuesday of February of every year will be a National Sports Day and a paid holiday.