28 Jun 2021
Doha.Qatari Marathon Runner, Rashid Al-Hajri, who is the first Qatari to complete all 6 international world marathon majors cycle signed a service agreement with Aspire Academy that will see him train at the world- renowned institution. Rashid Al-Hajri is interested in utilizing Aspire Academy venues and facilities as well as sports science support in preparations for 125th Boston Marathon in October 2021. Part of the agreement will see Rashid Al-Hajri share his experiences as model athlete with Aspire student-athletes. The agreement commences on June 15 ,2021 and runs till 30 October 2021.
The agreement was signed at Aspire Academy on Monday 28 June by Ali Salem Afifa, Aspire Academy Deputy Director General and Rashid Al-Hajri himself. Speaking after signing Aspire Academy Deputy Director General, Ali Salem Afifa, said, “Aspire Academy is ready and willing to serve Qatar in a manner that bring the best out of the country’s sports ambassadors, so where and when we can support with our expertise and know-how and technology we will do so, just like we have done with this agreement with Rashid Al-Hajri, said Ali Salem Afifa.
Rashid Al-Hajri successfully ran his first London Marathon in 2018 raising funds in aid of a cancer charity. He is an international marathon runner who counts London, Berlin, Tokyo, Chicago and New York City among the big cities he has run in. Rashid is excited with the sponsorship and new partnership with Aspire Academy. In his remarks after the agreement signing ceremony, he said, “Aspire Academy is a brand well known worldwide and l am pleased to be associated with Aspire and carry this brand when l ran abroad. The way Aspire Academy has welcomed me and agreed to sponsor and partner with as l seek to fulfill my dream of completing the 6 major marathons, is an inspiration to other Qataris who might have ambitions and desires to partner with this famous sports institution. I hope Rashid’s story will inspires others”, said Rashid Al-Hajri.
About Aspire Academy:
Since opening its doors in 2004, Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence has become one of the foremost national sports academies in the world. Working as part of the Aspire Zone Foundation – an international sport destination – Aspire Academy is at the heart of a sporting revolution currently taking place in Qatar and around the region. The Academy is conceiving, promoting and implementing game-changing excellence in sports training and elite athlete development that is enabling an entire generation of talented, disciplined and committed Qatari athletes to pursue their sporting dreams. Together with the other members of the Aspire Zone Foundation (Aspire Logistics and ASPETAR Qatar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital), Aspire Academy is developing sports champions, promoting healthy lifestyles and galvanizing the sports economy of today, and the future.