With the attendance of H.E the President of Qatar Olympic Committee, Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) has launched its new strategy for the 2023-2030 sports term, under the slogan 'Vision, History & Achievement' at Marsa Malaz Kempinski hotel Doha on 19 March 2023.
Sunday’s launch ceremony was attended by the QOC First Vice President H.E. Mr. Mohamed bin Yousef Al-Mana, the QOC Second Vice President, H.E Dr. Thani bin Abdulrahman Al Kuwari, the QOC Secretary General H.E Jassim bin Rashid Al Buenain, Presidents of National Sport Federations and Clubs in Qatar.
The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) has launched this promising strategy 2023-2030 with the purpose of achieving three key objectives: ensuring sport excellence, boosting Olympic culture & enhancing sports sustainable development.
In an effort to make these objectives more applicable, the QOC will keep encouraging all categories of society to be at the heart of the Olympic movement, support them to exercise sports, and adopt a healthy lifestyle day in and day out. The QOC will push forward this approach to build up a number of elite Qatari sports teams with the purpose of ensuring that Qatar supremacy is made in all sports fields, including training, administration, and other technical aspects.
The QOC will keep hosting the major sports tournaments with the purpose of enhancing sports tourism, and the national economy and bettering the investment in the sporting legacy that is gained from the major tournaments that the country hosted over the recent period.
QOC’s top priority in this strategy is to prepare better national teams and promising age groups teams, with the purpose of building a strategic frame, setting up plans that could help improve athletes' performance, taking care of them, providing their needs, following their health, career, and education. On top of that, this strategy will be assessing the athletes' performance to ensure that their periodical goals and key results are met.
The QOC gives a profound concern to women's sports in Qatar. It provides women an equal chance with men to be an integral part of sports activities and participate in major tournaments. Most notably, the QOC’s efforts to increase Qatari women's participation in different sports paid off over the recent years, after they participated in the last three Olympics, London 2012, Rio De Janeiro 2016, and Tokyo 2020.
Since its foundation on March 14, 1979, the QOC has played an important role in raising sports awareness in the nation and developing the Olympic movement in accordance with the principles of the Olympic Charter as a result, the Qatari sports movement has reached new heights over the last 43 years and achieved a huge number of achievements including the gold medal of Qatar's Mutaz Barshim at 2022 World Athletics Championships to become the first athlete to win three straight men’s high jump gold medals. Moreover, Qatar's Fares Ibrahim clinched one gold medal and one silver medal at the 2022 World Weightlifting Championships.
Qatar also made history at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, winning two gold medals and a bronze medal.
Qatar's achievements were not limited to the sports side. Still, the Qatari sports officials were elected to assume leading positions at international sports institutions as the QOC President H.E Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani was elected as the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Senior Vice President at the XXVI ANOC General Assembly 2022 held in Seoul last October.
Moreover, the QOC President H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani, Qatar Foundation (QF) Vice-Chairperson and CEO H.E Sheikha Hind Bint Hamad Al Thani and QOC Secretary General H.E Jassim Rashid Al Buenain have been appointed to key roles on IOC Commissions.
H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani, H.E Sheikha Hind Bint Hamad Al Thani and H.E Jassim Rashid Al Buenain were appointed to the IOC’s Olympism 365 Commission, Olympic Education Commission, and Olympic Programme Commission, respectively.
The QOC also hosted the training camp of the Refugee Olympic Team ahead of their participation in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, held from July 23 to August 08, 2021.
The QOC also hosted a number of meetings between the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), and representatives of the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee and the General Directorate of physical Education and Sport of Afghanistan.
In recognition of its achievements, the QOC was bestowed the National Olympic Committees' (NOC) Breakthrough Award by the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).
The QOC President, H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani received the award at the ANOC Awards 2021 held on the sidelines of the ANOC General Assembly in Crete, Greece.
During the ceremony, the QOC honored distinguished employees and graduates of different training programs.
Source and cover image credit: Qatar Olympic Committee
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