12 Feb 2018 - 1:13

Losail Training Day to offer more

The Peninsula

DOHA: Losail Circuit Sports Club launched at the end of 2016 the Losail Training Day and after one and a half years later, it has turned into a major mass activity.
In partnership with the Qatar Sports Federation for All, Qatar Cyclists and recently Lexus, the Losail Training Days have been drawing about 300 enthusiasts in each session.
During a press conference held at Losail International Circuit,  Vice-President and General Manager of Losail Circuit Sports Club, Khalid Al Remaihi said, “The growth of the Losail Training Day has been incredible and we’re very pleased with the increasing popularity of this event.”
Also present during the press conference were Qatar Sports Federation For All President Abdulrahman Masalam Al Dosari, QSFA Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Al Ajme, Qatar Cyclists Director Dr Abdulaziz Al Kuwari and Lexus Senior Marketing Manager Firas Mufti.
“I think what we have achieved here is the milestone. The collaboration between different institutions and government houses to achieve the same goal because everyone plays their part where they are specialied. As Losail, we are not specialised in cycling or preparing the training programs, but I have the opportunity to be a partner with the right people to deliver this full program to the community.”
“What we would like to see in the future is to encourage more the people and one of our main issue now is the awareness for the people to know what we are offering and it is available,” stated Al Remaihi
“Initially, the plan was to have two training days in a month for ladies. But soon it became a very popular activity and as the demands for more such days started coming in, we host it every Tuesday from October last year,” Remaihi added.
QSFA President, Abdulrahman Masalam Al Dosari is also pleased with the increase of the participation of cyclists in Qatar.
“ What we are seeing now in Qatar, this growth of cyclists, encourages the Government to work together with the Ministry of Transportation and there is a committee headed by his Excellency Jassim Al Sulaiti and members from different Ministries, MOCS is one of them, to have in all the new road and old road, a place for cycling and walking because we can see now how really it encourages most of our youth and kids that want to participate in this sport. At the moment, more that 45km of cycling routes already exists in Qatar (Salwa Road, Old Airport, Al Shammal Highway),” Al Dosari said.
Dr. Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, Director of Qatar Cyclists is very happy with the attendance and participation in the LTD.
“The number of the cyclists attending the Losail Training Days have really increased and it goes up and down depending on the occasion but on most days, we have a very good number, it exceeds 250 up to 300 cyclists, sometimes even more and people from different age group,” Al Kuwari said.
Firas Mufti, Senior Marketing Manager of Lexus is very proud that Lexus is involved in this sport program.
“One of the main reasons why we sponsor events like this is because it adds to the overall objective and strategy of Lexus itself,” Mufti said.
Talking about the upcoming National Sport Day, Remaihi said, “LCSC has planned wide-ranging activities to keep females and kids busy and entertained on February 13. We were astounded last year during the NSD celebration as 1,440 females and children turned up at the track to participate in our event.
“This year, we have planned the NSD event at a grand scale and cover all the age demography and open only to females and kids (only over nine years of age allowed). There will be a variety of activities for ladies as fitness classes, Zumba, kick boxing, karting with Red Bull, healthy workshop, express massage for ladies and more. For the kids, there will be karting, pedal cars, Zumba, bouncy castles, boot camp and more. Activities will start at 8 am and finish at 5 pm,” Remaihi added.