Maersk backs Schools Olympic Program finals

March 20, 2014 - 1:31:45 pm

DOHA: Qatar's largest oil producer offshore Maersk Oil Qatar is backing healthy lifestyle at the seventh edition of Schools Olympic Program (SOP) Finals currently in progress under the theme Sport and Integrity at the Aspire Dome.

Qatar Olympic Committee and the Supreme Education Council organise the SOP annually.

SOP's theme partners this year are Ministry of Interior, Qatar Anti-Doping Commission, Anti-Doping Lab Qatar, and International Centre for Sports Security.

Maersk Oil Qatar is sponsoring this year's SOP. As part of its sponsorship, a series of healthy lifestyle videos featuring high profile Olympians and sportspeople will be filmed during the finals.

Maersk Oil Qatar's Deputy Managing Director Sheikh Faisal Al-Thani said, "Through the Action for Qatar social investment programme. Maersk Oil Qatar is committed to high-quality partnerships that provide real, long-term impacts for Qatar. Our exclusive three-year sponsorship of the Schools Olympic Program is an example of this."

He lauded Maersk Oil Qatar, Action on Diabetes and the Schools Olympic Program for working together to highlight the importance of healthy lifestyles.

Qatar's first female to compete in Olympics, swimmer Nada Arkaji, is featuring in healthy lifestyle videos which crews will film Friday inside the Aspire Dome, along with other prominent sportspeople.

The healthy lifestyle videos will form part of a wider awareness programme in Qatar by Action on Diabetes once complete.

Nada Arkaji said, "I know through my own experiences, both in participating at the Schools Olympic Program as a student and then at the London Olympics, what a positive effect sport and a healthy lifestyle can have on the lives of young people. I am delighted to join Maersk Oil Qatar and Action on Diabetes in filming these healthy lifestyle videos that I hope will encourage more people to eat right and be active."

Parked outside the Aspire Dome entrance, the Action on Diabetes screening bus tests adults and raises awareness on the dangers of diabetes.

The ‘One Second! Simulator’ spreads awareness on road safety in Qatar.

There are information booths at the SOP Boulevard inside the Aspire Dome.

This year more than 26,000 students from 461 schools are competing in 11 sports shooting, football, volleyball, basketball, handball, athletics, tennis, table tennis, gymnastics, swimming and fencing. (QNA)