The 9th edition of the National Sport Day was attended by Qatalum employees from the different departments along with their families in tow. The list of sporting activities included football, volleyball, basketball, table tennis, squash, badminton, bowling, and full body workouts such as aerobics and fitness motivation with activities also devoted to women and children.
The day ended with medals and trophies awarded to the winners of the various activities. Qatalum champions were Chathoth Muralidharan and Satpal Singh in first place in table tennis doubles; Victor Addy Antiaye in first place with 84 pushups; Eufrasio Lisboa Manuel Chacala winning with a 2 minute 21 second record for free hanging; Abhay Dhuwe in first place with tennis; Sreekumar and Muraleedharan in first place in badminton doubles; and Suhermanto as third place winner of the badminton men’s doubles.
The champion of the day was Chathoth Muralidharan also winning first place in both badminton and table tennis singles as well as securing a third place in billiards. Ritika Muralidharan was the winner in the girls’ under 16 badminton singles category. Power Plant Shift Charge Engineer Amith Indaka Senevirathne’s family also proved to be winners with Indika Ginige winning first place in the badminton women’s singles, Dewni Senevirathne winning third place for girls’ (under 16) badminton singles, and both Indika Ginige and Dewni Senevirathne winning first place in the badminton women’s doubles. The organizers provided healthy meal boxes to all the participants during the day.
Qatar is one of the very few countries in the world to dedicate a public holiday to sport – with the number of people turning out to join in the activities over the last few years reflecting the impact it’s had on the population. QNSD 2020 kicked off with an even bigger line-up of sports and recreational activities across the country. With the participation of over a hundred institutions including ministries, governmental bodies, sports clubs, academies and schools, the free activities open to the public throughout Qatar include football, basketball, tennis, taekwondo, cycling, swimming, and walking, among others.
Qatalum supports the participation of its employees in sporting events as it reflects positively on the overall development of the community and boosts the morale of its staff in general by enhancing the spirit of teamwork and communication.