Doha 2020 is hosting two international sports gatherings this week. The first is the 2012 United Nations Sports for Development Youth Leadership Camp being held at the ASPIRE Dome. It’s a joint initiative led by the UN Office in Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) in collaboration with international NGO Right to Play and the ASPIRE Foundation, and is a pilot project to empower 30 youth from nine countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Palestine Territory to become leaders in sport in their own communities.
Eighteen female and 12 male participants, joined by four young people from Qatar, will undergo 10 days of learning, addressing themes such as health, lifestyle, disability, education and peace.
Also, the pre-forum of the Gathering of All Leaders in Sport (GOALS), a “unique” initiative under the patronage of the Emir HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, has opened in Doha this week. Fifty experts and opinion leaders including tennis legend Martina Navratilova and media guru Arianna Huffington, have come together to discuss the impact of sport on all aspects of society.
HE Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Secretary General of the Qatar Olympic Committee said, “this is an important week for the Qatar Olympic Committee and the bridges being built through sport”.