DUBAI: Expo 2020 Dubai visitors can explore sports and fitness from around the world as part of ‘Ready, set, go!’ – one of 20 bespoke visitor journeys available at the site, covering a variety of interests, from food to family fun.
The ideal complement to Expo’s Health & Wellness Week, which runs from today, 27 January, to 2 February, ‘Ready, set, go!’ takes visitors around Country Pavilions that celebrate sports, which take pride of place in diverse nations.
Get set at the Democratic Republic of Congo Pavilion to learn how to play Nzango and discover how music is integral to all sports in the DRC. A mixture of dance, singing, gymnastics and choreography, Nzango (which means “foot dance” in English) started life as a popular young girls’ game in school playgrounds and is now part of the official sports disciplines throughout Congolese territory.
Go straight to Uruguay Pavilion, where you can marvel at the display of sports jerseys and football trophies, and discover more about the Uruguayan national football team, commonly known as La Celeste (which means “The Sky Blue” in English).
Next, proceed to Jamaica Pavilion to explore popular sports in the Caribbean island nation and see statues of famous Jamaican sportsmen such as 11-time World Champion sprinter Usain Bolt, who took part in a 1.45-kilometre family run at Expo 2020 in November 2021 to raise funds for Al Noor Rehabilitation and Welfare Association for people of determination.
Continue on to Barbados Pavilion to discover how Bajans enjoy their sports and leisure time, which ranges from indigenous road tennis to golf, cricket, polo and rugby.
Be entertained and fuel up at Garden on 1, Sports Lounge, where you can watch all the live sporting action. The venue is also home to regular live music, bingo and quiz nights.
Head to Gatorade® Bolt Pavilion to see how PepsiCo and Gatorade are powering human performance around the world while testing your own skills with interactive onsite games and activations.
Move on to Expo’s dedicated Sport, Fitness & Wellbeing Hub. The heart of Expo’s sporting programme, the 5,400sqm space comes complete with a multi-sports area for basketball, volleyball, tennis and netball; Aussie Sports Park’s five-a-side football pitch; ‘Big Bash’ cricket nets; an indoor fitness studio; a fitness stage; oversized LED screens; and a space for sports exhibitions, showcases and celebrity signings.
Conclude the tour at Antigua and Barbuda Pavilion, where you can see Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards KNH, OBE’s cricket bat on display. Hailing from Antigua and widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time, Richards represented the West Indies cricket team between 1974 and 1991.
Visitors can access the self-guided ‘Ready, set, go!’ visitor journey through the Expo 2020 Dubai app, which includes a full range of journeys that span subjects from sustainability to education.
Source: Expo 2020 Website