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Generation Amazing Foundation Signs MoU With Saudi Sports For All Federation


Doha: Qatar, 14 May – The Generation Amazing Foundation (GA) on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA), based in Riyadh, on the sidelines of the 4th annual Qatar Economic Forum.

This landmark agreement aims to bolster education and development capacity between the two parties, expanding the scope of positive influence in schools, sports clubs, and communities.

HE Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy Hassan Al Thawadi, and SFA President HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, attended the signing ceremony to formalize the partnership.

The agreement, set to last for three years, between GA and the SFA spans various domains, including co-developing joint programs for students and communities. The GA will actively collaborate with the SFA in numerous upcoming events hosted by the Kingdom, to promote values and knowledge exchange among youth and the next generation.

The signing of the MoU solidifies the ongoing col
laboration between the two esteemed organizations, which commenced earlier this year with the 2024 Global Goals World Cup in Riyadh.

HE Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, and Chairman of the Council of GA, said that they are proud of this impactful partnership with the SFA, as we strive to integrate the values of sports and development into educational and community activities. This partnership reflects our shared commitment to promoting inclusivity, health, equality, and public welfare through sports, aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, SFA President, said that the two sides share a belief that sports can be used as a catalyst for positive change, and that both organizations are committed to empowering youth, fostering inclusivity, and nurturing communities.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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Al Attiyah Looks Forward To Winning 41st Jordan International Rally


Qatari driver Nasser bin Saleh Al Attiyah looks forward to winning the Jordan International Rally title, which will start tomorrow, Thursday, in its 41st edition, which represents the second round of the Middle East Rally Championship for the 2024 season. It will be held over three days from May 16 to 18, with the participation of 29 crews representing eight countries.

Al Attiyah holds the record for the number of wins in the Jordan Rally (15 titles) out of 21 entries, and is seeking to win the 16th title.

The Jordan Rally stages this year include 15 special stages with a competitive distance of 223.96 kilometers on a combined route with a total distance of 532.39 kilometers.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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Preparations for World Marathon At Lusail International Circuit Finalized


Doha: The Qatar Sports for All Federation has announced the completion of preparations for the launch of the “One Run for All” World Marathon, which will be held at 7:30 pm next Sunday at the Lusail International Circuit, in collaboration with the Qatar Athletics Federation and the Russian Embassy in the country. 1,500 male and female participants of all ages and categories will take part in the race.

This came in a press conference held Wednesday at the Lusail Sports Hall in the presence of the Race Organizing Committee.

The race features four distances divided between 1 km, 5 km, 10 km and 21 km, and it provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to spend an enjoyable sporting evening among family and friends who love running sports.

Abdullah Al Dosari, Head of Activities and Events at the Qatar Sports for All Federation, revealed the selection of 10 ambassadors, from practitioners and fans of running in Qatar, in order to encourage society to practice sports and increase the number of those pract
icing it.

Among the ambassadors of the global event are the champions of the Samla race, Abdulaziz Al-Tamimi and Faisal Al-Qahtani, in addition to Ali Saleh Al Hajri and Abdullah Al Thani, and the runner in international marathons, Ahmed Al Kuwari, who is considered one of the distinguished seniors in practicing running in Qatar, in addition to his success in Completing 6 international marathons.

He stressed that holding the race, which is being held for the first time in the State of Qatar, organized and sponsored by the Ministry of Sports and Youth, through the Qatar Sports for All Federation, comes as an embodiment of the belief in the importance of community sports, and taking advantage of the capabilities available to federations and clubs, including sports facilities, as well as the involvement of the society’s members, in events of an international nature, and organizing some distinguished sporting events in Qatar, noting that registration to participate will close on Saturday.

Source: Qatar News A
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FIFA Council Approves Qatar’s Request to Host Arab Cup in 2025, 2029, 2033


The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) Council approved the State of Qatar’s request to host the next three editions of the Arab Cup in 2025, 2029 and 2033, at its 74th Congress in Bangkok, Thailand.

In a statement on its official website, the FIFA Council confirmed the approval of the Qatar Football Association’s (QFA) request for Qatar to host the three editions of the tournament again after its successful hosting of the 2021 edition. The Council also decided that the upcoming three editions will be held in December of the aforementioned years.

QFA had expressed interest in hosting the event under the umbrella of FIFA and the Arab Federation out of the Arab region’s need for such tournaments, in addition to the availability of success factors and integrated infrastructure to host tournaments in Qatar.

The State of Qatar enjoys a prominent global position in organizing sporting events and tournaments, the most prominent of which were the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in which 32 teams par
ticipated, the Asian Cup Qatar 2023 in January and February 2024, and the U-23 AFC Asian Cup.

FIFA had announced that Qatar will host five editions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup from 2025 to 2029, with the participation of 48 team for the first time in its history.

Qatar has an integrated sport infrastructure with a modern transportation network to smoothly facilitate the arrival of fans and attendance of matches, enabling fans to attend more than one match per day.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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Al Sadd Defeat Al Wakrah to Advance to HH the Amir Cup Semifinals


Doha: Al Sadd secured their spot in the semifinals of the 2024 HH the Amir Cup after defeating Al Wakrah 1-0 at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

Algerian striker Baghdad Bounedjah scored the only goal of the match for Al Sadd in the 20th minute.

Al Sadd will face Al Duhail, who advanced earlier today after defeating defending champions Al Arabi 3-2.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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Al Shaqab Organizes Al Farrisa Show Jumping Event May 17


Doha: Al Shaqab, a member of Qatar Foundation, will organize a new edition of Al Farrisa – ladies’ show jumping event – at the Longines Indoor Arena on May 17, from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

In a statement on Monday, Al Shaqab welcomed all women and girls, as well as boys under 10 years old; noting that the event will feature a dedicated section for local Qatari workshop activations, aiming to foster engagement among female creatives, providing them with a unique space to explore and network.

Al Shaqab launched Al Farrisa in March 2023 for girls aged 14 years and above – the target age for this competition.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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‘Move Your World’ Summer Campaign by Saudi Sports for All Federation Aims to Encourage Regular Physical Activity


Riyadh: The Saudi Sports for All Federation has said that its 2024 summer campaign “Move Your World” aims to determine and address challenges hindering people from engaging in physical activities.

The federation conducted a survey of men and women across the Kingdom and identified various such obstacles and difficulties. The campaign aims to identify obstacles and challenges preventing people from engaging in physical activities, encourage individuals to overcome these challenges, make physical activity part of their daily routine, and create an environment encouraging sports.

The campaign gathers adult citizens’ and of residents’ opinions in an effort to find the main reasons preventing them from practicing sports or other physical activities regularly.

One common reason for 46% of those polled is lack of time. Others, making up some 14%, pointed to health, disabilities, or injuries, about 13% cited social or family obligations, and 8% fear of injury.

The federation aims to raise awareness among various
segments of society about the benefits of physical activity, and help overcome the issues hindering it.

The Move Your World campaign will continue throughout the summer, aiming to motivate people across the Kingdom to participate in weekly challenges via the Saudi Sports for All Federation application, and highlight how important physical activity is for all individuals.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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Open Track Night to turn up the heat this Friday evening at BIC


Manama, Track temperatures are set to rise this weekend at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) with another exciting edition of Open Track Night one of the most popular activities for race enthusiasts available only at “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East”.

Taking place on Friday evening, BIC’s bright, state-of-the-art floodlights will be shining down on all taking part who will be bringing their very own cars or motorbikes and pushing them to their limits along a world-famous Formula 1 circuit.

Open Track Night is the ultimate experience for speed lovers, as they will get to enjoy the sheer power of their vehicles within a safe and controlled environment.

Friday’s event will be held from 6pm to 9pm along BIC’s 2.550-kilometre Inner Track the same raced on in the various national championships that take place throughout the year.

The cost to be a part of Open Track Night, when booked in advance, is BD99 for the full night, BD71.500 for half the night, and BD33 for a single session. Prices when booke
d on the day itself are BD115.500 for the full night, BD82.500 for half the night, and BD44 for a single session.

Instructor sessions are also available at an extra cost, while additional drivers and passengers can also participate for a fee.

Open Track is one of the most highly attended activities at BIC, with participants being able to satisfy their desire for an adrenaline-pumping thrill. All this, while having the peace of mind to relish their vehicle’s capabilities in a controlled environment, and under the tight supervision of circuit officials.

Driver etiquette is of utmost importance in every Open Track event, so there is no close or aggressive overtaking permitted. Overtaking is by invitation between corners and driving is monitored, with poor or dangerous maneuvers being dealt with swiftly.

For more information on Friday’s Open Track Night or other experiences and activities at BIC, visit the circuit’s official website bahraingp.com, call the BIC Hotline on +973-17450000, or follow the circuit’s
official social media channels.

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World Athletics Championships Tokyo 2025 Logo Revealed


The organizing committee of the 20th World Athletics Championships (Tokyo 2025) revealed on Monday the logo for the championship, which will be held from Sep. 13-21, 2025.

The design was chosen by a committee that included design experts, athletes, and a number of community members, who voted for the winning design after a competition that included 368 designs.

According to the organizing committee, the winning design includes the phrase (The World – Tokyo – Communication) in reference to the Japanese capital’s embrace of athletes from all over the world, and it also reflects Japanese civilization and traditions.

Tokyo surpassed the cities of Singapore, Nairobi and Silesia (Poland), which applied to host the tournament in its 20th edition.

This is the second time that Tokyo has hosted the World Championship, after the first in 1991.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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Al Duhail Defeat Al Arabi to Qualify for Semi-Final of HH the Amir Cup 2024


Doha: Al Duhail booked their place in the semifinals of the 52nd edition of HH the Amir Cup following a 3-2 victory over defending champions Al Arabi in a thrilling encounter at the Al Janoub Stadium in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

Michael Olunga scored a brace for Al Duhail in the 8th and 25th minutes, while Philippe Coutinho added another in the 59th minute. Al Arabi’s goals came from Youssef Msakni in the 3rd and 10th minutes.

Al Duhail will face the winner of the Al Sadd vs. Al Wakrah match, which is taking place later today, in the semifinals.

Source: Qatar News Agency