Discussions to be shared among policy makers to develop specific programme for 2014
Sports ministers and representatives of sports bodies from more than 20 countries gathered in Doha today to discuss the important role played by sports to promote innovation, economic growth, social inclusion and cohesion – including facing world-wide challenges, such as youth unemployment, corruption and poor health.
“Today was an important step towards better and stronger collaboration between ministers of sport, so that we can build a case for sports to be given higher priority at a policy level,” says His Excelency Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser Al Ali.
Richard Attias, executive producer of Doha GOALS, says: “This is not about lobbying for more money to host events. This is about recognising that sport has an impact on education, health, social integration and the economy. We look forward to building on this first summit over the next 12 months and reconvening in Doha next year.”
The ministers and senior representatives considered a range of specific ideas that can be pursued at both national and international levels to support the development of sports policy. The statement, which was published by Doha GOALS after the discussion, highlighted key aims that they called on public policy makers to focus on over the next 12 months.
The meeting focused, in particular, on three new concerns, which they pledged to co-ordinate action on during the next year:
The conclusions of the discussions will be shared among senior sports policy makers to develop a specific programme to pursue in 2014.
The discussion was hosted by His Excellency Al Ali, Qatar’s Minister of Youth and Sports, and overseen by Lord Mandelson, chairman of Global Counsel, and co-hosted by His Excellency Sheikh Faisal bin Mubarak Al-Thani, executive director of Doha GOALS and Richard Attias, executive producer of Doha GOALS.
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