Doha 2016 at World Conference on Women and Sport

Four members of the Doha 2016 Olympic Bid committee are attending the World Conference on Women and Sport in Jordan – the first time the event has been held in the Middle East.

The conference will be held March 8 to 10 under the banner “Sport as a vehicle for social change”.

The Chairman of Doha 2016, Hassan Ali Bin Ali, who is a delegate at the conference said “this is an excellent opportunity for the Bid Committee to listen and learn from the people at the top of women’s sport. There are always things that we can improve.

“We have recently held a number of top level women’s sports events in Doha – just this month we had to top women tennis players competing at the WTA Qatar Total Open. Judging by the very positive comments in the media from players such as Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic, they were very happy with the experience.”

Topics at the conference include women athletes as role models for young girls, increasing the participation of women in coaching and officiating, addressing HIV/AIDS and the cultural impact on women’s access to sport.