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Despite rainy weather, Doha residents turned up in get numbers to participate in various National Sports Day events around the city.

Various sports and fitness events were held in public spaces like parks, malls and sports clubs as the country celebrates National Sports Day for the sixth consecutive year. The muggy weather didn’t deter people from enjoying a range of free sports and healthy activities for all ages and abilities in places like the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Park.

Team Qatar’s Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic athletes joined celebrations at the various national federations to share their experiences and inspire visitors. This included athletes likes Fares Ibrahim, Kamal Mallash, Mohammed Al Kubaisi, Qatar’s first ever Paralympic medallists, Abdelrahman Abdelqader and Sara Masoud, and Qatar’s first-ever female double Olympian, swimmer Nada Arakji, who held court at the Hamad Aquatic Centre.

Speaking from another hugely successful National Sport Day, President of the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, said, “Our athletes are an inspiration to our nation and are excellent role models for our young people and we are delighted that so many of them were able to join in the celebrations today and pass on their experiences and guidance to aspiring young athletes.”