13th edition of Schools Olympic Program to begin on Monday

DOHA, October 28, 2019. The Organizing Committee of the 13th edition of Schools Olympic Program (SOP) has officially announced the opening ceremony of SOP which will get underway at Aspire Zone on Monday.

The announcement came during a press conference held  at Qatar Olympic Committee Headquarters on Sunday attended by senior SOP officials, including  HE Sheikh Khalifa bin Khalid Al Thani , chairman of SOP Organizing Committee, who thanked the former SOP Organizing Committee headed by HE Rabea Al Kaabi, President of  Qatar School Sports Association (QSSA)  and  Mr. Ali Al Hitmi, QSSA Secretary General for their tangible effort.

In his opening speech on Sunday , HE Sheikh Khalifa described SOP as one of significant  and vital projects that has been supporting  the sport in  the country since the school year 2007-2008.

HE Sheikh Khalifa also appreciated the big efforts had been made annually by former SOP officials and staff to make the SOP a pioneer and successful sport event in the country today.

The SOP, which is a national programme that covers all the Qatari schools, will be held in the next six months.

The competition is held annually as a collaborative effort of Qatar School Sports Association (QSSA) and Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

The SOP aims to spread a culture of sports throughout the schools and engage the entire community in active and healthy lifestyles while retaining local values and traditions.

Last year’s edition featured 12 sports — football, basketball, volleyball, handball, tennis, table tennis, fencing, gymnastics, athletics, swimming, chess and taekwondo.

This year’s events will feature students compete in 12 sports in the boys section and 13 in the girl’s.

The SOP goes in line with other initiatives undertaken by Qatar as part of the Qatar National Vision 2030.

Last year, 333 schools took part in various school competitions and saw 14,700 students taking part in the various disciplines.