On Friday, a marathon for the States participating in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Festival was held under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports.
The marathon (6 kilometers) started from Al Ahly Sporting Club at 9 am with the participation of hundreds of players and more than 500 contestants. Dalia Essam, Manar Mamdouh, Hajar Abdul Ghaffar, Radwa Mohammed and Omaya Sulaiman won the women’s marathon, while Omar Shebl, Tariq Ashraf, Mohamed Nour, Hisham Abdel Majid, and Mahmoud Nasr won the men’s marathon. Khalid Al-Shobukshi, Mohammed Saeed and Mohammed Ahmed won the 2-Kilometer race.
The Festival takes place in Cairo from the 5th to 9th February. The event marks the first festival of the OIC, featuring a series of cultural and artistic events aiming at reasserting the cultural identity of the Arab and Islamic Umma.
The Festival seeks to reaffirm the noble values of Islam, which call for tolerance and repudiation of violence, extremism, and terrorism. Moreover, the Festival aims at promoting relations between the Member States as well as among Muslim communities in non-member states.
Twenty-two countries are participating in the Festival: Egypt, Palestine, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Algeria, Guinea, Senegal, Mozambique, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Yemen, Kuwait, the Comoros, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Bangladesh, Morocco, Indonesia, Niger, Sierra Leone, the Republic of Mali, and the Republic of Cameroon.