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Sports ministers discuss development in Doha

Sports ministers discuss development in Doha

: Tuesday, December 10 - 2013 @ 14:53

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:

  • Developing economies that are current beneficiaries of aid and development funding highlighted the fact that investment in sports infrastructure should be seen as a legitimate use of development funds.  Recipients of such development funding called for the rules of these grants to be amended to allow for wider support for sports facilities and endeavours.
  • The delegates highlighted the need to focus on the impact of sporting events beyond the well-known competitions. While low-profile events may not have the same weight with international audiences, there are still numerous benefits for smaller events to be held in smaller countries, where investment can be more manageable, but the impact on real terms just as big.
  • The delegates pledged to do more to share information between nations, within the context of the G20, the G8 and other international groups in order to fight the corruption that can blight sport. The global interdependence of elite sport, in particular, means that these issues affect all nations. Major sporting events are also a showcase for the importance of nations collaborating across borders, to promote transparency and fight corruption.

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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