Sport has the power to change the world:
Qatar and Russia renew commitment to bilateral sports
The UN’s International Day of Sport for Development and Peace in early April gave Qatar and Russia the perfect opportunity to affirm their commitment to bilateral sports engagements.
In 2013, the United Nations (UN) chose April 6 as the set date for the event because the first modern Summer Olympic Games were opened in Athens on the same day in 1896
Designed to raise awareness of the importance of sport and physical activity for education, human development, health and peace, the United Nations International Day of Sport for Development and Peace was celebrated globally on April 6. Among the countries taking part in the event included Qatar and Russia, who used the day to affirm their commitment to bilateral sports engagements between the two countries.
Earlier in February, the Embassy for Qatar to the Russian Federation – along with the support of QR Sports, a subsidiary of the Qatari-Russian Centre for Cooperation (QRCC) – celebrated Qatar’s National Sport Day (QNSD) in Russia.
The initiative was hosted under the theme Team in Motion, which called for the community to unite through sports despite challenges that humankind faces.
“Sport has the power to change the world. It is a fundamental right, a powerful tool to strengthen social ties and promote sustainable development and peace as well as solidarity, and respect. That was the aim of the QNSD event in Russia and we are incredibly proud of the outcome, ” said Kirill Lata, the head of QR Sports.
With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, accessing and enjoying sport has become difficult for people all around the world. However, QR Sports’ QNSD event allowed the community to overcome these challenges, with the belief that sport has always played an important role in every society, whether in the form of competition, physical activity or play.
Renowned athletes and Olympic gold medal winners, including Nikita Nagorniy and Beslan Mudranov, alongside other prominent athletes from across the world participated in the event.
The five-day event saw more than 12,000 participants attend offline activities, such as yoga, trampolining and ice-skating, as well as follow online training and educational programmes through the website.
QR Sports also collaborated with the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy alongside football stars Tim Cahill and Roman Pavlyuchenko, who shared their knowledge on the globally loved sport, their insights to playing in the Premier League as well as their thoughts on the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. They also discussed the importance of sport to both people in Qatar and Russia and the positive impact the Qatar National Sports Day celebrations in Russia had overall.
This is not the first time that Qatar and Russia have partnered to bring sport to the forefront of developing bilateral relations.
“There are already strong ties between Qatar and Russia. Through QRCC and QR Sports, these ties are being more profoundly developed,” Lata added.
As consecutive host nations of the FIFA World Cup, Qatar and Russia have already been part of one of the biggest sporting events in the world, and they are now using their platforms to spread the message about the importance of sport in today’s world, with an amplified focus on global harmony and sustainable development.
As the host nation of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar gave fans a taste of things to come in 2022 during the 2018 FIFA World Cup held in Russia. With exhibits like Qatar Elements, the world’s first floating multimedia museum and Qatar-Russia portals, fans experienced Qatari culture and life firsthand.
Furthermore, since 2019, some of the biggest Russian football teams have been playing in the Match Premier Cup tournament in Qatar while last year the Zenit St. Petersburg’s U-17 team participated in the Al Kass International Cup.
With the love of sport playing a universal role in both Qatar and Russia, there is definitely excitement around what more is to come in the field between the two countries.