17 May 2018 - 8:07
AZF completes preparations for Ramadan Sports Festival
DOHA: Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) is ready to welcome over 1000 sports enthusiasts to the Ramadan Sports Festival (RSF) 2018 competitions, which kick off on Monday, May 21.
Over the past week, the organising committee has held several technical meetings with the teams and players taking part in RSF tournaments to brief them on rules and regulations. A draw has been held for each tournament to determine the teams competing in the group stages and finals. Men’s Football and Volleyball competitions take over AZF’s outdoor track and Aspire Dome’s indoor hall AZF’s outdoor warm-up track and Aspire Dome’s indoor hall will host the men’s Football and Volleyball competitions during the Festival.
The eight-day football tournament will start at 9:30 pm on Monday, May 21 at Aspire Zone’s warm-up track and will run until Monday, May 28. The tournament will see four groups of twelve teams compete in a group stage before moving to the finals on May 28.
At the same time, RSF Men’s Volleyball competition will kick off in Aspire Dome’s indoor hall. Running for five days, this competition features 12 teams competing in four groups, with the winner eventually being decided on Friday, May 25.
Thanks to a carefully designed programme featuring a range of popular sports, members of the local community in Qatar will have the opportunity to watch ten teams competing over four days in the 3rd edition of RSF’s cricket tournament taking place on May 30.
Meanwhile, Aspire Dome’s multi-purpose hall will house the men’s indoor hockey tournament. Featuring eight teams, this will run from May 24–25.
Separately, the men’s five-day basketball tournament will be held in the Dome’s indoor hall from May 27 to June 1st with 12 teams of nine players taking part.
Ladies will also have ample opportunity to get involved and stay active during the Holy Month of Ramadan. RSF’s famous volleyball tournament, scheduled to run from May 26th to 31st, features seven teams this year and helps to fulfil AZF’s core objective of promoting healthy and active lifestyles among every community in Qatar.
On June 1, boys aged 9 to 14 will have the chance to put their fitness to the test in the male fitness challenge in two age groups (9-11 and 12-14) at the Aspire Ladies Hall from 9:30 pm until midnight. In collaboration with the Qatar Paralympic Committee, AZF will organise the sixth consecutive Table Tennis competition for people with special needs on May 23rd. Last year, over 36 participants competed in three categories - visual impairment, physical impairment (sitting/standing) and hearing impairment - at the one-day event.
Aspetar, the orthopedic and sports medicine hospital and AZF member, has launched a new “Healthy Ramadan” campaign to increase awareness of the importance of adopting an active and healthy lifestyle during the Holy Month.