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Korra Time football championship launched

February 12, 2014

DOHA: Marking National Sport Day, the Minister of Energy and Industry H E Dr Mohamed bin Saleh Al Sada yesterday launched the Korra Time football championship.

The event by Qatar Football Association (QFA), Shell Qatar and Al Kass  (Cup) and Al Dawri sports channels, will take place at Aspire Zone.

About 48 five-member teams and eight clubs will compete in the event, each representing a nationality with coaches and referees from the national football team.

The championship is part of the Korra Time initiative which continues for five years and aims at improving the health and lifestyle of the Qatari youth through football.

Mowasalat, meanwhile, marked NSD with activities for its employees. Events included a marathon, a relay race, basketball, football, free throw basket, dodge ball and football juggler.

About 1,500 participants got T-shirts and caps with NSD and Mowasalat logos. Some 100 volunteers and Karwa drivers took part, along with drivers from the taxi franchisee Al Million.

Fun games such as balloon shooting, ring the object, spin the wheel were organised and senior officials gave away medals and cash prizes to winners.  Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company and Barwa Real Estate Company began their activities with a fun run at Lusail City's Fox Hills.

It won by Farhan Ottokakh from India, followed to the line by Chrbel Bouzerdan of Lebanon and Rachid Al Hajri from Qatar.  Essa Mohammed Ali Kaladari, CEO of Lusail Real Estate Development Company, presented prizes to winners.  The day also featured sport activities for adults and children, including a cricket and a volleyball tournament that saw Al Jaber team take the honours.

The participants enjoyed a healthy lunch, prepared specifically for the day to promote healthy eating.

Recreational activities such as taekwondo and acrobatic shows were hosted in a special tent dedicated to children. They also enjoyed fun activities, including kite flying, jumping bags, balloon blowing, water sponge games, elastic prison, snake ball, trampolines, pull the tyre and an obstacle course. Another purpose-designed tent was dedicated to women, who were able to enjoy activities in privacy. They also participated in competitions.

Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) celebrated NSD with activities at the Four Seasons Hotel for its employees, and those of QInvest.

They participated in competitions and races. Healthy meals were also on the agenda, as well as side games. A medical section was hosted by an orthopaedic surgeon who gave advice to QIB's staff on good posture and healthy working conditions.

Qatar Petroleum International (QPI) hosted a special event at the Grand Hyatt Hotel beachfront allowing its employees and their families to join the celebrations.

It featured sport and lifestyle activities, including soccer, volleyball, cricket, yoga, healthy food preparation lessons, and plenty on hand for children to have a go at, from egg and spoon races to tug-of-war and much more.

QPI also introduced an interactive photography competition displaying photographs that portrayed health and sports, courtesy of its employees, allowing guests to engage in a healthy competition by voting for their favourite photo.

Doha Bank was one of the top participating institutions in this year's QCB 3-km run and was recognised with a trophy for its outstanding efforts. This is the third year in a row that the bank has won the trophy.  It had 140 staff from all levels, including members of its executive management team, participating in various categories of the run on the Corniche.

The bank's team members finished the QCB Marathon,  with 10 participants finishing in top places in the men's and women's races. The bank received the Gold Trophy for its efforts, which saw the bank accumulate the most overall points among the participating organisations.  It also instituted prizes to recognise staff achievements during the QCB marathon, with prizes for the best performers after the race. Prizes were given to the top five male and female finishers in three categories: 18-30, 31-45 and 46-60 years.

Qatar Tourism Authority celebrated the day with activities for its staff and their families.

Employees took part in a series of interactive teambuilding activities and competitions in volleyball, beach soccer, water gun, canoeing, relay race, sumo, target shooting, and tug-of-war along with games for children.

Activities ended with the prize ceremony for winners.

"NSD is a significant event in Qatar's calendar; it highlights the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle in our society.  "QTA organised this event as part of its efforts to encourage sport among employees and build team spirit. We believe a healthy and dynamic population will play an important role in developing an active society," QTA Chairman Issa bin Mohamad Al Mohannadi said.

The Peninsula

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Source: Peninsula, The (Qatar)

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