24 teams to compete in first Sharjah labour sports festival

The Sharjah Labour Standards Development Authority to launch first ever Labour Sport Festival on March 16. The Festival will continue for two months.

Sharjah: Sharjah will organise its first-ever Labour Sports Festival from Friday in a bid to promote healthy activities among the blue-collared workers in the emirate.

The sports festival which will continue for two months is being organised by the Sharjah Labour Standards Development Authority. Twenty-four teams will take part in the festival which will have football, basketball, volleyball and cricket matches.

Salem Al Qaseer, chairman of the Sharjah Labour Standards Development Authority, told a press conference on Tuesday that the festival will be held in collaboration with Sharjah Sports Council and the BB Sport Service under the theme of ‘Bringing Happiness to Sharjah’s Labourers’.

“The initiative aims to make employees happy and use their leisure time with engaging physical activities,” said Al Qaseer. The aim, he added, is to make positive contributions to the development of a cohesive society. Additionally, the sports festival aims to provide an environment which is conducive for practising physical activity by the employees of various organisations.

”This festival aims to highlight the importance of sports in maintaining mental health and physical safety. It encourages workers to be part of the journey of excellence and progress in the emirate of Sharjah. We look forward to engaging the Sharjah-based workforce in sports activities.”

Al Qaseer said the event is part of the ongoing efforts of Sharjah to provide an ideal environment for workers.

Shaikh Saqr Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, chairman of the Sharjah Sports Council, said: “We are committed to developing a sports community where health and safety standards are upheld. We focused on the labour sector to create an environment where best-in-class health and safety standards are adopted.”

Thomas Philip, owner of Seltec FZC in Sharjah, said the matches would be held every Friday. The grand final will be held in the prestigious Sharjah Cricket Stadium. A total of 24 teams will participate in the event and the venues are: Al Shaab Club Sharjah for volleyball and basketball, Sharjah Club for football matches, Al Thiqa Club and Sharjah National Park for cricket matches.


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