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Schools Olympic Program to begin on November 01
QOC’s SOP to start November 1

15 Oct 2010
Doha, Qatar: An in-depth presentation on the Qatar Olympic Committee’s upcoming fourth Schools Olympic Program (SOP) was delivered during a press conference held by the organising committee at the QOC HQ on Thursday.

Mr. Khaleel Al-Jabir, Director of the QOC’s Sports Affairs Department and Deputy President of the SOP Committee, SOP Executive Director Khalid Shantour, Mrs. Sabah Al Haidous, Director of Education Authority at The Supreme Education Council, Khalid Al Harqan, Deputy Director of Education Authority, and Ali Ahmed Al Hitmi, Secretary General of Qatar School Sport Federation, attended the press conference.

Addressing the conference, Mr. Shantour reaffirmed that the events of the fourth SOP would start on November 1 at Qatar Sport Club, where all schools in Qatar from different learning levels would be involved, including independent, government and private schools as well as foreign community schools, centres for people with special needs and other educational institutes.

Mr. Shantour also mentioned that students would compete in nine events: football, handball, basketball, volleyball, athletics, table tennis, gymnastics, fencing and swimming.

Mr. Al-Jabir described the SOP as one of the strategic programmes of the Qatar Olympic Committee and said the fourth edition was designed to build on the success of the previous three.

Mr. Al-Jabir also stressed that the theme “Sport and Education” had been selected as the official logo based on the close relationship between sport and education.

“The Schools Olympic Program is on course to back all Olympic principles and values and will help local sport federations to discover the talent for national sides,” said Mr. Al-Jabir.

The SOP started in 2007-2008 under the theme “Sport for Health”. The second edition was held under the logo “Sport and Environment”. The third edition was entitled “Sport and Culture” and coincided with the country’s celebrations of Doha, Capital of Arab Culture 2010.

According to the SOP Committee, the event’s fourth edition will be concluded on March 17 and 19, 2011, where the first day is allocated for girls while the other two days are for boys.
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