Bahrain today celebrates its fifth National Sports Day.
It is organised annually by the Bahrain Olympic Committee in implementation of a decision by the GCC Olympic Committees to hold a “Sports Day” in all GCC states on the second Tuesday of February.
Under directives from Supreme Council for Youth and Sport first deputy chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, this year’s National Sports Day will be celebrated virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The decision is also in support of national efforts undertaken by Team Bahrain, led by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince Prime Minister, to address the pandemic.
The celebration will be limited to virtual activities using various applications, a clear departure from the usual field sports competitions, to prevent gatherings and promote safety.
The programme, prepared by the Bahrain Olympic Committee, will be held via television broadcast in co-operation with the Information Affairs Ministry.
A special studio has been set up that will start broadcasting at 11am with a replay at 4pm, while a second show will start at 9pm with a repeat after the midnight news on Channel One and Sports Channel.
The programme, which will be presented by journalist Muhammad Abdul Ghaffar, includes a series of sports challenges and performances with the participation of art and sports stars, namely former international star Hammoud Sultan, world bodybuilding champion Sami Al Haddad and two former international football stars Muhammad Salmeen and Hussein Baba.
The Bahrain Olympic Committee has also prepared an awareness lecture entitled “Sports Challenge Corona ... Physical Activity and Mental Health” that will be delivered virtually by Olympic Academy director Dr Nabil Taha, with the participation of representatives of government and private agencies and employees of the Bahrain Olympic Committee.