Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) has pledged support to Play for Life – Football 2012, the annual inter-company tournament from ‘Diabetes-Knowledge-Action’, the public health awareness campaign, under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak. The event runs nightly until October 11 at Zayed Sports City.
ADSC’s HE Mohammed Ibrahim Al Mahmood, Vice President of the General Authority for Youth and Sports and General Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council confirmed the Council’s endorsement of the event as Supporting Government Partner, stressing the importance of enhancing awareness of a healthy lifestyle, nationwide.
Al Mahmoud said he is encouraged to see that Football 2012 has again received the support of 16 corporate teams representing Abu Dhabi’s public and private sector. He also acknowledged the significant role played by ICLDC noting that ‘Diabetes-Knowledge-Action’ reaches all segments of the community.
“ICLDC‘s campaign, especially Football 2012 - which calls for fitness through sports - is in perfect harmony with our own strategic plan,” Al Mahmood said.
He endorsed the success of the tournament, now in its fifth year, in its ability to promote a healthy lifestyle to prevent diabetes by showing the importance of exercise.
“This tournament motivates members of the community to embrace a healthy lifestyle, often by facing obstacles that could limit their aspirations and ambitions,” he said.
He applauded the impressive results and achievements of the award-winning campaign ‘Diabetes-Knowledge-Action’ since its launch in 2007. More than 160,000 people have taken part in campaign activities and Al Mahmood said that this is a demonstration of its value and relevance to society.
“I encourage the community-at-large to take note and participate in exercise and community lifestyle events,” he said.
He confirmed that ADSC, the government body tasked with supervising the sports sector in the emirate of Abu Dhabi is always keen to support initiatives that recommend sport as part of a healthy lifestyle practice, and thus lead to a healthier community.
“My message to the community is to participate, support and spread the word of the importance of a healthier lifestyle to help manage or even prevent chronic diseases. We can make a healthier nation, together.”
Al Mahmood called upon participating teams in Play for Life – Football 2012 to enrich the event by competing with true sportsmanship and recognise their part in helping a healthy nation.
“ADSC encourages the participating teams and the community to support ‘Diabetes-Knowledge-Action’ and help spread the message of a healthier lifestyle across the UAE,” he concluded.