QFA and Qatar Shell call on public to break world record

February 10, 2013 - 1:01:27 am

Doha: The Qatar Football Association (QFA) and Qatar Shell have  called on the public  to take part in the  the largest ever 5-a-side football match in celebration of the National Sports Day 2013 in trying to break the Guinness World Record, as part of the KOORA TIME initiative.

 The game which is open to the general public will kick off at 9.00am at Aspire Zone on Tuesday is expected to run continuously for ten hours, or until the record of 464 which was set in the UK in 2012 is broken. 

Guinness World Records officials will be in attendance to oversee the record attempt from start to finish

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmad Al Thani (pictured), President, QFA, said in a statment:  “We are excited to kick off the KOORA TIME initiative with a bang.  The World Record attempt will be the first of many activities under the banner of KOORA TIME and is an opportunity for the whole family to get active and celebrate National Sports Day in a fun and non competitive environment.”

The current record stands at 464 players and was set by BBC Radio 5 Live, at the Sheffield United Academy, UK on 13 October 2012. 

Wael Sawan, Managing Director and Chairman, Qatar Shell, said: “We believe that more football will lead to healthier youth and that is why this National Sports Day we encourage everyone from all over Qatar to come and play, along with their family and friends and support us as we strive to achieve our long-term goal of improving the health and wellbeing of Qatar’s youth.”

He added: “This event demonstrates our commitment to the Qatar National Vision 2030 and Qatar’s National Development Strategy 2011-2016, – which seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of Qatar’s youth, while empowering them to become advocates of a positive change in the Qatari society.”