Over 30 players participated in the training camps and a tournaments held over three consecutive days in the governorates.
It may be recalled that Z-Corp had recently signed a sponsorship agreement with Oman Chess Committee (OCC) to support the activities of OCC for the next one year to enable it to spread the popularity of the chess among people especially youth. Z-Corp in cooperation with OCC has already established centres in Sohar, Ibri and Nizwa to popularise the mind sports. The agreement was initiated to signify Z-Corp’s commitment to support the development of sports in the country and encourage young talents. As a member of the private sector, 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. The pact between Z-Corp and OCC was facilitated by Oman Olympic Committee as part of their plans to help sports associations and athletes to get the funding of the private sector companies.
Z-Corp believes that supporting this training programme will help young Omani children improve their analytical thinking skills and memory retention. It also wants to support young Omani players who hope to qualify for national and international competitions by participating in such trainings.
Expressing delight at the success of the programme, Ibrahim al Salmi, social communication manager at The Zubair Corporation said, “We are pleased with the response from the participants and players in all the governorates. We are keen on backing OCC’s strive to promote chess. We have noticed that chess has become increasingly popular in Oman.”