MUSCAT: Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the sultanate, handed over a green playground developed as part of the Green Sports initiative to Al Mansoor Team in the wilayat of Al Kamil under the auspices of Dr Salim al Ruzaiqi, chief executive officer of the Information Technology Authority (ITA), attended by dignitaries, senior bank officials and a large turn-out of football enthusiasts.

Dr Ruzaiqi congratulated Bank Muscat for the success achieved by the greening initiative and said, “The Green Sports initiative complements the government efforts in building a sporting nation by providing the youth the required infrastructure facilities. The initiative benefiting communities, especially youth, contributes to sustainable development and protection of the environment, thereby ensuring all-round development in Oman.” The Green Sports initiative launched in 2012 by Bank Muscat in association with the Ministry of Sports Affairs to promote Oman as a sporting nation has widened its reach. In a record time, the bank has achieved notable success in developing green fields in all parts of the sultanate, thus contributing to realising the sporting dreams of clubs and teams.

Till date in the first three years of the programme, 34 sports clubs have been given support to green their playing fields. The bank’s support to the initiative stems from its commitment to giving a helping hand to all deserving teams and clubs in Oman to green their playing fields. Taya Bait Sabea, senior regional manager – southeast central Muscat and South Sharqiyah regions, said, “The inauguration of the green playground in Al Kamil endorses the bank’s commitment to support the youth representing the country’s future. We congratulate Al Mansoor Team for seizing the opportunity to green their playing field, thereby setting a fine example for other clubs and teams. The initiative is a strategic decision by the bank in collaboration with the Ministry of Sports Affairs to promote Oman as a sporting nation.”