In a press release, Qatar Airways announced that it would be the Official Airline Partner for three of Oman’s Ministry of Education sports programmes, in addition to the Oman International Youth Cup (OIYC).
H.E. Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways signed an official sponsorship agreement with Sabco Sports Chairman, Sayyid Khalid Bin Hamad Bin Hamoud Al Busaidi.
Part of Sabco LLC, Sabco Sports is Oman’s leading sports management, sports event management and sports development management company. Sabco Sports are also the commercial partners for Oman Ministry of Education.
- The Olympic Programme offers a platform for children from all across the Sultanate to compete in a variety of sports. These include (but are not limited to): athletics, chess, sailing, and volleyball. Qualifying players within each sport advance to the finals. This programme runs from October to March every year.
- The Football Programme follows a similar format to that of the Olympic Programme. Qualifying teams from each region compete at the finals that are typically held in Muscat. The Football Programme also run from October to March annually.
- The National Obstacle Series (NOS) – a new programme launched by Sabco sports – runs year-round. Students from both public and private schools are invited to participate in the challenge. The NOS scheme was launched to promote a healthier lifestyle among the youth in Oman.
Oman International Youth Cup (OIYC)
The Oman International Youth Cup is a football tournament for Under 9s, Under 11s, Under 13s and Under 15s. Youth from all over the world get the opportunity to showcase their football skills from the heart of the Middle East.
All the aforementioned sports programmes are open to both boys and girls that are enrolled in public schools across Oman, and under 18 years of age.
According to H.E. Akbar Al Baker, “Qatar Airways is delighted to be partnering for the first time with the Omani Ministry of Education…These sponsorships strengthen the airline’s extensive global sporting partnership portfolio and demonstrate the strength of our commitment to Oman, a destination always popular with our customers.”
Sayyid Khalid al Busaidi, affirms, “Qatar Airways is a key organisation in the region, and they are well known for their support of sport and the community. This is an important initiative that will greatly benefit the children of Oman.”