Bank Muscat celebrates inauguration of Green Sports football fields in Ibri, Bahla
May 8, 2017 | 3:50 PM
by Times News Service
Al Qadsiya Sports Team officials and members pose for a group photo along with Bank Muscat officials. Photo - Supplied

Muscat: Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, in step with its ‘Let’s Do More’ vision and ‘Imprints’ initiative to support youth and promote Oman as a sporting nation, celebrated the inauguration of two football fields developed as part of the Green Sports initiative.

The 35th Green Sports football field was presented to Al Qadsiya Sports Team in the wilayat of Ibri in Dhahirah governorate, followed by the 36th football field to Al Nasser Sports Team in the wilayat of Bahla in Dakhiliyah governorate.

Shaikh Muathad Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Yaqoobi, Governor of Al Wusta, was the guest of honour at the ceremony in Ibri attended by dignitaries and senior bank officials.

Addressing the gathering in Ibri, Yousuf Al Nadabi, Regional Manager – Dhahirah branches, reiterated the bank’s support to develop modern sports infrastructure across the Sultanate, complementing the government efforts in building a sporting nation. The initiative benefiting communities, especially youth, is aimed at contributing to sustainable development and all-round progress in Oman, he added.

Matar bin Salem al Asmi, President of Al Qadsiya Sports Team, said: “We are thankful to Bank Muscat for the Green Sports initiative, which has made vital contributions to creating an environment encouraging Omani sports talents. The unique initiative is a big support for the country’s youth and we are confident that many youngsters will benefit from this programme and become sporting heroes for the country.”

Hilal bin Said Al Yahyai, Majlis Ash’ura member from the wilayat of Bahla, presided at the ceremony in Bahla to inaugurate the 36th football field developed for Al Nasser Sports Team.

Hamdan Al Baimani, Regional Manager – Dakhiliyah branches, in the welcome speech highlighted the bank’s support to Oman’s youth in achieving sporting excellence for the country. As the nation’s leading financial institution, Bank Muscat aims to motivate other corporates to provide the required impetus for youth to excel in all arenas, he added.

Hilal bin Nasser Al Alawi, President of Al Nasser Sports Team, thanked Bank Muscat and said the Green Sports initiative was a big boon for the development of sports and the game of football in Oman.

The Green Sports initiative launched by Bank Muscat in 2012 has gained momentum with a total of 78 teams across the Sultanate benefiting from the support till date. Marking the sixth year of the unique CSR initiative, the bank will support the development of 15 football fields in 2017.

The scope of Green Sports support for sports teams include greening of football fields with natural or synthetic turf, floodlights or water desalination equipment in areas facing problems of water salinity. Ensuring wider representation, the Green Sports support is extended to develop sustainable sports infrastructure in all parts of the Sultanate.

Bank Muscat is committed to its ‘Let’s Do More’ vision for the community and the nation and is proud to have led the way in contributing to sustainable development in Oman with various initiatives. As the nation’s leading financial institution, Bank Muscat aims to provide the impetus for youth to excel in all arenas and thereby contribute to the development and progress of Oman.

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