Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing Hub at Expo 2020 Dubai

Sports activities, exhibitions, big names in sport and an entire area dedicated to fitness and wellness will be offered free of charge at the EXPO200 site. Italy, thanks to the partnership between the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) and the Italian Pavilion, will organize sporting events and workshops to promote and enhance motor activity as a model oriented towards prevention, sustainability and correct lifestyles.

A few days before the start of the universal exhibition, Expo 2020 Dubai has unveiled the “Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing Hub”: a space of 5,400 square meters to bring together people, communities and nations in the name of sport and well-being. The polo, located within the site, is the beating heart of Expo 2020 Dubai's sports program to promote physical activity as a healthy lifestyle.

Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing Hub

The space includes a multi-sport area for basketball, volleyball, tennis; a soccer field; 'Big Bash' cricket nets, an indoor fitness studio and large LED screens.

And not only. Events, competitions and all kinds of athletic and wellness activities will take place during Expo 2020 Dubai with the involvement of the participating countries. Italy, thanks to partnership between the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) and the Italy Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, will organize sporting events and workshops to promote and enhance motor activity as a model oriented towards prevention, sustainability and correct lifestyles. Australia will also be present with a series of Skills and Drills sessions at the Sports, Fitness and Wellness Hub and the Hungary Pavilion will host a teqball tournament - a new ball-based sport - and present a program for the development of school sports. . New Zealand will organize Les Mills Live fitness sessions, the famous brand that employs an international team of doctors and experts in sports physiology.

Visitors to Expo will be able to enjoy all sports activities free of charge with the entrance ticket. Details, including schedules and bookings of sports sessions on the site

“Sport speaks to the world in a language that everyone understands. With the power to inspire and unite people and to create hope, the Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing space was developed with a shared purpose of international cooperation towards a healthier, happier and safer planet ”. 

Kevin Brown, Vice President, Events and Entertainment, Expo 2020 Dubai. 


Expo 2020 Dubai will collaborate with the Dubai Sports Council (DSC) and the Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) in organizing numerous events, including The Expo Run, which will be held on Friday 19 November, with the participation of about 5,000 runners over distances of 10 km, 5 km or 3 km. Prominent names from the world of sports will be in attendance to kick off sporting events, such as legendary basketball exhibitionists the Harlem Globetrotters who will help launch the Dubai Fitness Challenge at Expo 2020.

Expo has also partnered with the Indian Premier League cricket team Rajasthan Royals and the world of football with City Football Group and AC Milan. The Italian club has announced a new one partnership with Expo 2020 Dubai and the event will bring his legacy and vision to promote the core values of sport and inspire positive change through football.

International sporting champions such as Croatian footballer Luka Modrić, winner of the Ballon d'Or, former Wimbledon tennis champion Goran Ivanišević and NBA basketball stars Dario Šarić and Bojan Bogdanović are expected to attend. The Football Legends Championship, courtesy of the Nigeria Pavilion, will allow fans the opportunity to meet players such as Jay-Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Mikel John Obi, as well as two-time unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua of the United Kingdom .

Connecting Minds, Creating the Future

Expo 2020 Dubai will run from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022 and will be the first world exhibition to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. The event will be the largest ever organized in the Arab world and will welcome visitors from all over the world. The 191 participating countries for the first time will come together to reconnect through sport, food and culture and imagine tomorrow through the theme of Expo 2020 Dubai "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future "

During the exhibition semester they will take place 10 thematic weeks, among which Health & Wellness, scheduled from January 27 to February 2. The Health & Wellness Thematic Week represents an important time for governments and international organizations to come together to design an inclusive global health system, showcasing the latest innovations in the field of mHealth and medical technology that are transforming the way communities access health care and prevent epidemics. The program will also look at how innovation and investment in health and wellness can contribute to a healthier global society.

How can we create a happy and healthy world?

This is the question that the organizers of the next Universal Exposition asked themselves and posed to the participating countries in the pre-Expo global digital appointment entitled "Health & Wellness Week, which took place on February 2nd. The contribution of Italy has provided, thanks to interventions of the highest level including that of Dr. Diana Bracco, president and CEO of the Bracco Group, Official Gold Sponsor of the Italy Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, with contents that will characterize many initiatives at the Italian Pavilion during the exhibition semester.


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