5/24/2017 7:07:24 AM

‘Sport can help lead healthy life’

‘Sport can help lead healthy life’

AHMED Al Shammari was one of the youngest of 50 participants at the FINA clinic for coaches, which concluded in Doha last Sunday.

The 18-year-old had quit the sport following a heart surgery last year after competing for nearly 10 years for the Al Gharafa Sports Club.

“I was passionate about the sport, but had to stop because of a heart operation last year,” Al Shammari told Doha Stadium Plus. “I want to teach the kids and make them understand how swimming can help them lead a healthy life.”

Al Shammari felt it was high time Qataris took up the sport as a hobby.

“They’re wasting their time at malls and on gadgets while they should be involving themselves in some sports. It’s good for the mind and body,” said Al Shammari, a student at the Al Maha Academy.

Asked about his immediate goal, pat came the reply, “I want to teach schoolchildren. Swimming is a great fitness sport and I don’t understand why Qataris are lagging behind. It’s high time they took up the sport.”

He was all praise of FINA’s technical expert Douglas Eagar. 

“He possesses an in-depth knowledge on the sport. Both his theoretical and practical lessons were useful,” Al Shammari added. 

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