Participants take part in a cycling event at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Fitness and wellness events, children’s training camps, international competitions, sports exhibitions and some of the world’s greatest athletes actively engaged more than 500,000 participants and spectators throughout the six month of Expo 2020 Dubai, making it the busiest World Expo. already.

With over 30,000 events taking place over 180 days, the Expo 2020 site was a hive of activity, with the sports, fitness and wellness hub alone providing 3,094 hours of sports programming and activities , hosting some 6,000 sports, fitness and wellness. classes and sessions.

International pavilions, along with Expo 2020 Dubai partners and departments, participated in the football, basketball and volleyball leagues, registering 250 teams.

Offering a diverse range of activities for all ages, interests and fitness levels, the Expo 2020 Dubai Sports, Fitness and Wellness Center next to Mobility Gate offers a gym state-of-the-art, five-a-side football pitch, two “Big Bash” cricket nets, a multi-purpose court for basketball, netball, volleyball and tennis, and a global fitness stage with daily classes for pump the blood.

It also played a crucial role in the city’s leading fitness villages during the 30-day Dubai Fitness Challenge 2021. Comprising the Sports Fitness and Wellbeing Hub program – which has actively engaged over 100 international lodges – the program Expo Sports Arena, races, bike rides, surreal yoga – with 21 unique morning yoga classes – Q&A sessions, meet-and-greets and sports lounge activities, Expo 2020 Dubai was the perfect place to hit the targets Fitness.

Promoting an active lifestyle and equipping children with essential skills such as teamwork and sportsmanship, the Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing Hub’s extensive children’s sports program has seen Manchester City, AC Milan and the Rajasthan Royals offer unique sessions for both boys and girls.

An eclectic mix of sporting events was staged at the Expo 2020 Dubai venue, including the World Aerial Gymnastics Championships, World Tenpin Bowling Championships, World Muay Thai, World Basketball -ball 3 against 3 and world chess championships.

Another undeniable highlight was the Expo 2020 Dubai Run trilogy, with the third and final race of the series on March 26 seeing 15,000 athletes cross the finish line in the 3km, 5km and 10km categories.

In addition to this, Expo 2020 Dubai hosted 22 Run the Worlds and 182 days of Expo 2020 Running Club. Kevin Brown, Vice President Master Calendar-Events and Entertainment, Expo 2020 Dubai said, “Sport, fitness and wellness have become an integral part of the eclectic mix of activities and entertainment here at Expo 2020. With the contribution of so many official partners and participants, we are proud to have hosted the most active World Expo on record, while amplifying Dubai’s reputation as one of the fittest cities in the world. “We are also privileged to have hosted so many of the greatest icons and legends in the sporting world, including Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lewis Hamilton, Usain Bolt, Pep Guardiola, Kim Clijsters and Caroline Wozniacki, to name but a few- one.

The Wall of Icons at the Sports, Fitness and Wellness Center is a veritable who’s who of international sports superstars, including Spanish right-back Miguel Ángel Míchel Salgado Fernández; Indian premier league cricketers, Rajasthan Royals; the exhibit’s signature American basketball players, The Harlem Globetrotters; Giro d’Italia Criterium cyclists Peter Sagan, Egan Bernal and Marc Hischi; the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt; Pep Guardiola, Spanish professional football coach and former player; the Kenyan racing team comprising Jonathan Maiyo, Ferdinand Omanyala and Bethwel Yegon; one of the most successful players in UEFA Champions League history, Clarence Seedorf; Pakistani bowling phenom, Wasim Akram; legendary Portuguese midfielder Luis Figo; one of the greatest footballers of all time, Lionel Messi; pioneering chess grandmaster Nona Gaprindashvili; Bayern Munich player and Polish captain Robert Lewandowski; and UEFA Women’s Player of the Year, Alexia Putellas.

The year 2022 kicked off with two-time former unified world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua OBE; American professional golfer, Collin Morikawa; free-kick football specialist, Brazilian Roberto Carlos; Europe’s most capped player, Cristiano Ronaldo; the most expensive English player in history, Jack Grealish; the Bulgarian rhythmic gymnastics team that won gold in Tokyo; Ivory Coast’s all-time top scorer, Didier Drogba; former Danish professional tennis sensation Caroline Wozniacki; former world number 1 tennis player Kim Clijsters; the king of on-pitch tantrums, John McEnroe, joint drivers’ world record holder, Sir Lewis Hamilton; and one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, Spaniard Iker Casillas. Because Expo 2020 Dubai never does anything halfway, it capped the action-packed sporting calendar with a one-of-a-kind historic event: the Abraham Accord Games, which saw footballers from the Emirates Arab States, Israel and Bahrain face international legends. including Ricardo Kaká, Carles Puyol, Robert Pires and Clarence Seedorf in a lively match in front of an excited audience. During his visit, Usain Bolt succinctly summed up the importance of sport: “Sport has been used for many, many years to unite people around the world.” And if there’s one thing Expo 2020 Dubai has triumphed in, it’s connecting people around the world to create a happier, healthier planet.

W.A.M.