Over 1200 students participate in Z-Corp backed Oman School Chess Festival
Sunday, December 1, 2019

To coincide with the country's celebrations of the 49th National Day, the third edition of the School Chess Festival was held at the indoor hall of Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Bausher. Over 1216 students from the different governorates of the Sultanate participated in this edition School Chess Festival organised within the context of Zubair Corporation (Z-Corp)’s commitment to support the activities of the Omani Chess Committee. In the framework of adopting Zubair Corporation (Z-Corp)’s support for its activities, Oman Chess Committee (OCC) in collaboration with the Oman School Sport Association successfully organised the festival.

The school chess festival was held under the patronage of Said Al Sahab, General Manager, Corporate Development at The Zubair Corporation and the closing ceremony of the festival was held in the presence of Ahmed bin Sulaiman Al-Ahmadi, Assistant Director of Department of Continuing Education and Special Education, Ministry of Education. Several representatives of the Ministry of Education and sports teachers from various schools in Muscat participated in the event.

The ceremony included a number of activities such as face painting, musical performance. Students of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Shamis Al-Batashi School and Al-Amal School for Basic Education put up a musical performance at the event.

The objective of this festival was to encourage more students to take up the game of chess and to spot talented students. To popularise the mind sports, Z-Corp in cooperation with OCC has already established Zubair Chess Centres in Muscat, Ibri, Sohar, Nizwa and Salalah.

Speaking of Z-Corp’s support, Said Al Sahab said, “The participation level in the School Chess Festival proves that the popularity of chess has grown immensely in the Sultanate. We are pleased that Z-Corp’s objective to popularise the game has been rewarded. We are committed to encouraging Omani youth to train, participate, qualify and represent the Sultanate in international sports platforms. As a policy, Z-Corp is keen on supporting talented sportspersons, teams and associations regardless of the sports category. The agreement between Z-Corp and OCC was enabled by Oman Olympic Committee as part of their plans to assist sports associations and athletes to get the support of the private sector companies.”

He added, “As a member of the private sector, “We are delighted to host the festival in connection with the 49th National Day which is an important occasion for us as we pay tributes to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said for his visionary leadership. The Zubair Corporation is keen on supporting the country’s sports development since it believes it is an area of vital importance in the national development process. We are also pleased with the response from the participants and players in all the governorates. We are keen on backing OCC’s strive to promote chess.”

Ahmed bin Darwish Al Balushi, Chairman of the Oman Chess Committee said, “We appreciate the students who turned out in large numbers to participate in the School Chess Festival from various governorates of the Sultanate. We are grateful to Z-Corp for their support and feel that support from a respected private organisation like Z-Corp for chess activities has gone a long way in promoting the game in Oman.”

The competition, which was held in different, witnessed stiff competition between the participants.
In the category held for first and second graders, Saleh bin Ahmed Al-Aghbari from Al-Jafnain School won the first place and Hamad Al-Wahaibi from Rafidah School took the second place. Abdulsalam from Ultras Sabahi School finished third.

In the category for the third and fourth graders, Abdullah bin Bashir of Al Amal school won the first place, while Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nibras Evening School took the second place and Amjad bin Suleiman al-Abri from the School of Excellence came third.

In the third category for girl students Taqwa bint Rashed Al Kalbani from Al Jaffnin School won first place and Almozn Bint Nasser Al Abri from Al Waha School won second. Shahad Bint Fahad Al Wahaibi from Al Nibras School won the third place.

Signifying its continuous commitment to all kinds of sports, Z-Corp has been a partner and sponsor of different sports activities including football, handball, ice sports, volleyball for many years.

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