Doha: The Qatar 2015 24th Men’s Handball World Championship Organising Committee has visited children at the Rumailah Hospital with gifts and goodies handed out by Fahed, the official mascot of the games.
Fahed spent time talking to the children and taking them through the exciting aspects of the game of handball, while encouraging them to get fit and well again. As part of his mission, Fahed is creating awareness of the sport and raising the level of excitement and anticipation for the upcoming Championship across the community of Qatar.
For the young patients, the visit was fun and a welcome relief, and they were delighted to see people taking time to come and entertain them – and particularly happy to see Fahed, the symbol of Qatar’s sporting and lively spirit.
The visit to Rumailah Hospital is one of the many activities being carried out during Ramadan, designed to reach out and give back to the community. Prior to this visit, Fahed has also been giving Iftar boxes to workers across the city every day.
One of the key values represented by Fahed is the importance of a healthy mind and body, and, through his signature activities during Ramadan, Fahed is inviting the community to adopt important values related to a healthy lifestyle and exercise.
Qatar 2015 is also sponsoring a Ramadan tent at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, encouraging people to celebrate in the traditions and values of the fasting month. The tent displays a range of fun activities that aim to engage more people with the game of handball.
The 24th Men’s Handball World Championship will take place in Doha from January 15 to February 1, 2015; making Qatar the only Gulf country and the second in the Middle East to host the event, after Egypt in 1999.
With the participation of 24 countries from all over the world, the biennial Men’s Handball World Championship is the biggest and one of the most important international events in Olympic sport.
Handball is one of the most dynamically developing Olympic sports and enjoys a continuously increasing fan base worldwide.
In alignment with the Qatar National Vision 2030, Qatar has geared up to become one of the leading states in the fields of sports legacy development and sports events in the world. Qatar aims to create awareness for the sport of handball and further increase the global profile of the sport, through the successful organisation of this high profile sporting event under the leadership of H E Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, President of the Organising Committee and in close collaboration with the International Handball Federation (IHF).
The Committee’s vision, goals and key milestones include ensuring community participation, upholding the traditions of Qatar and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle by engaging the current and next generations in Qatar in the “Game of Fast”, the future of the sport of handball.