DOHA-The Organizing Committee of the Schools Olympic Program (SOP) held a press conference at the QOC Headquarters on Sunday to brief media on the latest arrangements for the 16th edition of the event.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Khalid Al Thani, Chairman of Organizing Committee thanked the QOC President H.E Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani and the QOC Secretary General H.E Jassim bin Rashid Al Buenain for their support to the SOP. He also thanked Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani for attending the final day of girls’ event at the last edition.
Chairman of Organizing Committee stressed that the new edition of the SOP aims to prepare a new generation of Qatar athletes in preparation for 2030 Asian Games to be staged in Doha.
Hamad Al Obaidly, Deputy Chairman of SOP Organizing Committee said that the new edition will feature 18 sports including Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Gymnastics, Swimming Athletics, Table Tennis, Fencing, Tennis, Shooting, Chess, Taekwondo, Padel, Hockey and Beach Volleyball.
The SOP, a prestigious national sports program, is held annually as a collaborative effort of QSSA and Ministry of Education and Higher Education, with hundreds of students competing from all over Qatar.
The program goes in line with other initiatives in economic, social, human and environmental spheres undertaken by Qatar government as part of the Qatar National Vision 2030.