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QOC committed to cement Doha’s status as sports capital

QOC committed to cement
Doha’s status as sports capital

QNA
Doha
The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) celebrated on Thursday its 40th anniversary in a grand ceremony held at Kempinski Doha Hotel.
QOC President HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al Thani, while welcoming the guests including the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al Thani, noted that the sports development has come a long way in Qatar, thanks to the efforts made by the Father Amir HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, who announced the establishment of the QOC on March 14, 1979.
“Since that day, sports in Qatar has been steadily growing under the leadership of various presidents, whose drive and efforts have had a great impact on the development of the Olympic movement in Qatar as well. After the Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani assumed the QOC Presidency in December 2000, it marked a turning point in history of Qatari sports,” said Sheikh Joaan.
“Doha has now become beacon of sports pride, thanks to the guidance and directives of HH the Amir, who has established Qatar’s status globally and stressed sports as one of the important pillars of sustainable development of the country,” he added, also praising the contribution of the champions, who put in exemplary efforts over decades and achieved the continental and international feats that put Qatar in its current leading position.
Sheikh Joaan said, “Over 40 years, the QOC secured accomplishments in different fields and at various levels. The QOC took a quantum leap in sports work ethics as its athletes bagged many international titles and medals and its active presence on continental and international forums showed Qatar’s bright image globally.”
The QOC chief said: “With the presence of outstanding sports infrastructure and the world-class sports facilities, Doha deserved to be named the capital of sports, as it has organised many major international championships that strengthens the sporting status of the State of Qatar. In addition, the QOC has received numerous accolades and awards in various sectors and launched a number of concepts through slogans such as Sport for Life.”
Sheikh Joaan ended his speech by affirming QOC’s keenness and commitment to achieve the objectives by promoting the Olympic Movement in Qatar and develop it in accordance with the Olympic Charter, besides working on strategy to support the Qatar National Vision 2030.
On the occasion, Sheikh Joaan honoured HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa al Thani, who was the the first QOC President and HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Fahad al Thani, the former QOC President, and a number of senior athletes and former QOC Secretary-Generals were also honoured.
The awardees also included the first Qatari winner of an Olympic medal Mohammed Sulaiman, Paralympics Rio 2016 winner Abdulraham Abdulqadir and Paralympics Rio 2016 winner Sarah Masoud.
QOC’s Secretary-General Jassim bin Rashid al Buenain expressed delight at meeting the awardees on the occasion of the QOC’s 40th anniversary. He said on the occasion, “The QOC has today completed 40 years. Over this period, we have had many proud sporting achievements due to the outstanding role it has been playing by promoting the Olympic Movement and hosting many sports tournaments.”
He said this occasion is being held to celebrate the ongoing successes and developments and he also thanked all the QOC staff since its inception in 1979 till date.
The QOC launched its five-year development strategy in 2017, which focuses on increasing sports in the community, reviving Olympic values and ensuring sports excellence locally and internationally.
In order to achieve these goals, a strategic roadmap has been prepared by the QOC and all the sports federations and associations must work together to achieve those goals, he added. This strategy is also based on institutional values of appreciation, quality, trust, responsibility, development and creativity.
Buenain also said, “The QOC reaffirms its commitment to complete its path and looks forward to excel under the guidance of HE QOC President Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al Thani. Since the past 40 years have been very impressive, the QOC is confident that the next phase will witness even further progress and Qatar sports will continue to play its leading role in support of the Qatar National Vision 2030.
A discussion was also held on this occasion with Sheikh Joaan, HE Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman al Thani, the former QOC Secretary-General and now Qatar’s Ambassador to Germany, Dahlan Jumaan al Hamad, IAAF Vice-President, Dr. Thani bin Abdulrahman al Kuwari, Second Vice-President of QOC and Deputy Chairman of the Olympic Council of Asia, and Buenain participating in it.

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