Doha: The National Sports Day Committee announced the amendment of the conditions and guidelines for the activities and sporting events of the 2021 National Sports Day on Tuesday, after coordination with the Ministry of Public Health.
Based on the decisions of the Council of Ministers issued on Wednesday, February 3 regarding the plan to re-impose restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the State of Qatar to prevent its spread and in the interest of community safety, it was decided that all sports activities this year will be individual only, such as running, swimming, and cycling, the committee said in a statement on Friday.
It added that sports that require physical contact, such as ball matches, are not allowed, and sports in which several teams compete in a limited space are not permitted, in addition to not allowing public attendance in places of sports activities during Sports Day.
All sports activities must take place in outdoor places, while indoor sports are prohibited, in addition to not allowing the holding of sporting events in schools and clubs, the statement added.
The National Sports Day Committee called on all members of society who practice sports to commit to taking several preventive measures, such as wearing masks, except for the time of practicing sports activity, stressing that a thermal examination must be conducted for practitioners of sports activity upon entering any area to practice and to prevent the participation of those whose temperature reaches more than 37.8 C, in addition to making sure that participants have a green color EHTERAZ application.
The committee urged the non-immune groups, including people over the age of 60 years and people with chronic diseases, to be discouraged from attending places of sports activities for the sake of their safety, indicating that providing meals in all public places is under the guidelines of the Ministry of Public Health and restrictions imposed on restaurants.
The National Sports Day aims to highlight the importance of sport with its moral and human values and health benefits, in addition, to educate citizens and residents of the importance of sport in daily life and encourage them to practice it throughout the year.
The protocol file can be downloaded and viewed by visiting the Ministry of Culture and Sports website www.mcs.gov.qa.