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Kirsty Bennett (left),a representative from Guinness Book of World Records hands a certificate to Sheikh Thani Al Thani, Deputy General Manager of Qatar Shell (centre), and Hamad Al Kuwari, Head of Marketing and Commercial of Qatar Football Association in Doha.
DOHA: The Guinness World Record for the largest ever five-a-side football match was broken at Aspire Zone on National Sport Day, it was announced yesterday.
The highly anticipated match was organised by Qatar Football Association (QFA) and Qatar Shell, and officiated by Guinness World Records.
The match which ran continuously for 11 hours, 58 minutes and 12 seconds was played by a total of 523 participants from all over Qatar.
The event was attended by Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, who came on to play as one of the record breaking players surpassing the 464 player mark that was set by BBC Radio 5 Live, at the Sheffield United Academy, UK in 2012.
Among the others who took part included Wael Sawan, Managing Director and Chairman of Qatar Shell Companies, Sheikh Thani Al Thani, Deputy General Manager, Qatar Shell and Hamad Al Kuwari, Head of Marketing & Commercial, QFA.
The Guinness World Record attempt was part of the QFA and Qatar Shell initiative KOORA TIME, a five-year sustainable initiative which is designed to improve the health and wellbeing of Qatar’s youth through football.
Al Kuwari said: “We knew we were aiming high – but we did it. I am excited to see that we have managed to kick off a driven and passionate football movement we envisioned would be characteristic of the KOORA TIME initiative. We look forward to having a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of Qatar’s youth through many more events like this.” THE PENINSULA