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NOC endorses March 7th for 3rd National Sports Day
18/02/2018 by Admin

The National Olympic Committee announced the launch of the third edition of the National Sports Day on March 7th, 2018 in collaboration with the sports organisations and councils across the nation.

The event will showcase the 9th Special Olympics MENA Games Abu Dhabi 2018 for the People of Determination (14-22 March 2018). The event, which is expected to attract 1200 athletes from 33 counties, promises to be the biggest preparation event for the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2019.

The 3rd National Sports Day will be held in the Year of Zayed under the theme (UAE Unites Us); which has stepped up the concept of community participation. The event is inspired by the directions of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to hold a Sports Day that brings together all resident communities of the UAE. It bears strong reference to the attention of the UAE to embed the values of love between community members, especially as the sport is selected as a means of realising this vision and diffusing the spirit of cooperation and understanding between various age groups and organisations, let alone protecting the health of community members from contemporary diseases.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, President of the NOC cum Chairman of the Supreme Committee for the National Sports Day, said, “While participating in the 3rd National Sports Day, I would wish to stress that the mission and objectives of the event go beyond the practicing of sports, heritage and fun activities. It unites various categories through the love of this nation, and promotes the sense of national identity. It has become influential to all spectrums of the Emirati community; which values the importance of initiatives in nurturing promising generations capable of communicating and respecting others. It opens the door for exchanging cultures and knowledge between 200 nationalities living in coherence on the land of this blessed nation.

“Under the support and care of the UAE leadership for all humanitarian, communal, sports and cultural initiatives, the UAE has set the best-urbanised model that reflects noble objectives and aspirations. I would wish to avail this opportunity to express sincere thanks and appreciation to HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE; his brother HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, their Highnesses Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates, and Crown Princes. Thanks to all leaders for supporting and sponsoring various initiatives aimed at serving, bringing happiness and offering a decent living to people for the benefit of the entire community,” added HH.

Eng. Dawood Al Hajri, Chairman of the Executive Office for the National Sports Day, said, “The event has boosted several noble principles amongst all community members including youths and kids. The success of the past two editions of the National Sports Day initiative bears reference to the interaction and response of all residents towards realising our cherished objectives and diffusing the values of peace, love and cooperation in line with the directives of our leadership. The UAE is known for its pioneering initiatives at all levels and has become an example to be emulated in all walks of life. It places us under a continuous challenge of doubling our efforts towards achieving the best in organisational, technical and logistical fields. HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, President of the NOC cum Chairman of the Supreme Committee for the National Sports Day, directed to provide all resources for the success of the event. Such a success will relay positive messages all over the globe and reflect the understanding and cohesion of the UAE communities through sport.

“We invite all government and private institutions to participate in this day. There is no doubt that the success of any event depends on the amount of participation, and we have invited various sectors and bodies, be it at the federal, local or private levels to take part. Also, we have invited the federations and sports clubs to engage in sport and recreational activities and organise cultural, heritage, community events at the same time by signing up to the event’s website (www.uaesportsday.ae). We also called upon People of Determination to enrich the events by organising special competitions as they are a key partner of the success of activities of the National Olympic Committee, which augers well for transforming these noble goals into tangible results and positive indicators added to our rich drive in all fields,” continued Al Hajri.

“Building and investing in humans is the main concern of our wise leadership, who have provided all resources and means of supporting human development and skills, which will reflect on the entire society. From the moment HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced the initiative, the outlines were set with the aim of boosting and combining latent potentials of all citizens and residents of the UAE comprising more than 200 nationalities. As a result, it will present a beautiful image of the UAE, reflect the state of cohesion evident between different groups, and preent to the world a unique model of promoting the national identity, and bringing people together,” he added.

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